Xbox One records last 5 minutes of gameplay

Microsoft reveals duration for game DVR feature for next-gen console; PlayStation 4 believed to be 7-15 minutes.

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Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox One is capable of recording the last five minutes of gameplay through its new game DVR feature.

"It's called Project Upload. So the idea is you're always recording," Microsoft Studios creative director Ken Lobb told GameSpot at Comic-Con. "So we have a ring buffer game DVR, basically. So the last five minutes of any game you're playing is always being stored locally on your hard drive."

When Microsoft announced the new game DVR feature in May, the company did not say how long the next-generation system would record. By comparison, the PlayStation 4 boasts a similar functionality. Eurogamer reports that Sony's system could allow players to record the last 15 minutes of gameplay, though the final duration may be seven minutes.

Lobb also discussed how the game DVR functionality will work on the Xbox One. He said when playing online, gamers can say "Xbox Record," and the system will automatically record the last 30 seconds of gameplay. Players can then edit their video and spruce it up with voice-over and even picture-in-picture through the Kinect. Videos can then be shared through social networks.

The Xbox One and PS4 launch this holiday. Initial shortages are expected.

Discussion

663 comments
Lostat
Lostat

So, are xbox-one saying it stores 5 minutes of recorded playing time when playing solo, and that online multiplayer only records 30 seconds of gameplay?  What's the actual story with it being 5 minutes or 30 seconds?

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

Upload your personal video game experience to youtube...only to have it pulled for copyright infringment.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

so which is it? 7 or 15 minutes? thats a pretty huge gap.

Hal3x
Hal3x

PS4's share button records 15 minutes and it includes more features when sharing videos, Live stream.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Amazing how the only posts that show up are the ones that I write," Thanks for erasing another post."

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Another erased comment courtesy of Gamespot


theKSMM
theKSMM

"Ring buffer game DVR."  That's what's up.  :-)

Vegeta-sama
Vegeta-sama

there is no real reason that you can't do longer then a few minutes.... perhaps they want to get a feel of the impact this will have on the network befor moving forward

megakick
megakick

KILLER INSTINCT, buying the XBOX ONE...

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I am sorry, but I must be too old now to give a shit about this feature. While I am sure youtube needs another 10 million videos of something 'ubber' they done on COD - I feel the background recording resources could be used to increase gameplay performance. (better graphics, better physics, faster menus, and I am sure, shorter load times).

I know there is an entire generation of little girls who feel that every small achievement in a game needs to be broad casted to the world because their mother told them they are special. And every Halo/COD kill may be the their only life's achievement which needs to be immortalized until the next kill.  I say to them- doing good in a video game is what you are supposed to do, that is what the game is designed for. " I got up and went to work today" what do you want a cookie?

Thank goodness xbox/ps4 have the kinect/ ps eye - that way the world can see your multi-kill with a single sniper bullet achievement while also seeing you jump for joy in your moms basement, man boobs flailing, and mountain of aluminum soda cans at your side. 

AKERS117
AKERS117

I think it's awesome that you will be able to do this. There has been countless times when Halo 4 matches I'v played ended with awesomeness I wanted to share, but really couldn't. 5 minutes is plenty of time, sure 7 or 8 would be better, but I'll take what I can get.

andfx8
andfx8

that's pretty cool

300jozecca
300jozecca

this is bullshit the X1 is always recording they are only letting you see the last 5 min.WTF

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

"He said when playing online, gamers can say "Xbox Record," and the system will automatically record the last 30 seconds of gameplay. Players can then edit their video and spruce it up with voice-over and even picture-in-picture through the Kinect. Videos can then be shared through social networks."

No. I've used Windows Movie Maker. I have absolutely zero faith in MSoft's ability to present users with a decent, working video editing suite.

Operational117
Operational117

At last I'm hearing good news! Even today, there are no devices/software that lets you "buffer" recordings at all! (at least from what I know)

I'm one step closer to forgiving them! But they still have a long way.

halo117xbox
halo117xbox

Yeah PS3 is more powerful but so what? Wheres the Good Quality Online Service to back up that console? I'll tell you its No Where to be found! I Have Not seen an article in years ever sense the RROD issue where theres issue after issue with the Xbox 360/LIVE the way theres problems with the PieceShitNeverworks and the updates the PS3 gets and Game Updates take years to download on PSN while on Xbox LIVE those updates just take seconds! Point blank PS3 is a garbage Console and im sure PS4 will be just as terrible!

dreamcast210
dreamcast210

For those who care about length, I guess 7 is better. But if Microsoft uses the 5 with skill, most people will be satisfied with that.

mrfaceman23
mrfaceman23

Once Again Great Way To Bash Xbox Gamespot..Smh anyways I Dont care about who records video the longest i never owned a dvr in the first place at most ill use Twitch but besides that who cares I Like how they make articles about nothing

kik4444
kik4444

Well it looks like that now sharing unexpected moments in gaming will be much more easier

leandrro
leandrro

8gb = 3 for system; 2 for video recording, 2 for tv, 1gb ddr3 for games

leandrro
leandrro

so what pat of hardware will be lost for this feature? some of the 8 super slow jaguar cores or part of the underclocked gpu? i just whant to see how theyre gonna put those things togheter, istall a game in hdd while recording in the same hdd and load parts of the game youre playing in the same hdd, its not possible even in fast sdd drives

theKSMM
theKSMM

@jenovaschilld OnLive has a feature like this, but it's only ten seconds or so.  I like seeing people doing things with impressive skill -- baseball, figure skating, extreme mountain biking, whatever -- so seeing a short clip of somebody really killing it with a controller is cool to me.  I'm still trying to figure out if the pre-recorded clips of New Super Mario Brothers on the Wii were done by humans or computer-generated.  Those things were amazing!

Of course, the system does get abused.  That means that sometimes you have videos of people doing mundane things like starting a game or reloading their weapon.  There are also some funny videos of people showing bugs in games like cars driving up buildings or people getting shot through brick walls.  But while I agree that we share way too much online these days, I'm looking forward to seeing some real, legit gaming masters show off their skills on the next-gen consoles.

xplayer_xbox360
xplayer_xbox360

@AKERS117 don't you know maybe they will add options to extend that time in future!! with Microsoft every thing is possible just keep asking and they will do it.

ken4062
ken4062

@halo117xbox Its because you are over exagerrating and no Sony players ever had a problem with it. Only Xbox player s who never used it anyways.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@dreamcast210 Hmmm... It's a toss up really at that close of a call.

However, I can totally see some jerk-off making my xbox record for no reason 'cause he said he got his xbox stored somewhere.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@mrfaceman23 Isn't bashing if its true. Its just news about how the Xbone will record less gameplay than the PS4.

How you take it is a different story.

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@leandrro Highly inaccurate. This isn't 1995; If you didn't know, technology has advanced enough in the modern world to use the amount of memory that will induce optimised performance from each component in both the console's hardware and software. For your 4 year old brain, this means that what ever you are using at the time will have as much memory usage as needed for great streaming, recording, watching and gameplay.

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@leandrro Exactly why Xbox is packing DDR3; it can accomplish more than satisfactory multitasking.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@theKSMM @jenovaschilld Well played sir, you have a truly legitimate point. Also seeing how folks have figured out really hard rpg puzzles or secret stash will be nice also. I will take back part of what I said if more people then not use those features in a way that benefits and enhances, that which is gaming. 

But I really do feel the RAM and resources used to keep this running in the back ground - whether it is OS based or not - could still be used elsewhere to help gameplay, features, physics, AI, etc. I played Halo3,4 gears 2,3 cod mw1-3, and almost never watched replay vids of myself or others- and really didn't miss a thing. 

mypetmonkey
mypetmonkey

@ken4062 @halo117xbox You mean they never got hacked and all passwords and credit card details taken? And it wasn't off for a month? That DIDN'T happen now?

And they DIDN'T just brick everyones console 2-3 weeks ago?

Sony fanboys have a pretty short memory then.... kinda like goldfish...

mrfaceman23
mrfaceman23

@VenkmanPHD @mrfaceman23  I Got Five For You

ONE watch your language 

TWO thats what the comments are for...opinions they arent for you to call people out and try to save the world disrespecting one person at a time 

THREE they bash both systems but xbox one more obviously but thats not what i meant when i said bashing i meant it as in trying to find the faults in every system and let us know about it as well as helping turn fanboys against one another 

FOUR There is only one writer for this article and no its not tons is maybe a dozen people writing articles if that much so please look up facts...oh and

FIVE im currently in school to be an engineer so actually i will be contributing something to this world but not you who the HELL this this homeless Vagabond use their computer 

Enundr
Enundr

@ThereWillBeNPCs but it IS what we keep asking them to get rid of , i guess M$ wont do it eh? ;-P

ThereWillBeNPCs
ThereWillBeNPCs

@Enundr @xplayer_xbox360 @AKERS117 

because thats completely irrelevant and is a marketing issue, not software dummy. ecks dee ecks dee

Enundr
Enundr

@mypetmonkey @ken4062 @halo117xbox  lol you talk as if xbox live doesnt get hacked , quite often as well....M$ just sweeps it under the rug , atleast Sony lets its customers know this has happened and to take precautions.....lol M$ fanboys are sorta lacking the research skills eh? 

And in Regards to bricking , software bricking is easier to fix and generally free , as far as xbone goes , your kinect gets dmg your console is bricked hardware , that meansd you need to get a whole new console , as well as all the RROD  360 had (not flatout bricking , but pretty much close to it) due to M$ skimping on parts that burn out so easily.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@mrfaceman23 @VenkmanPHD This would be funny if it wasn't so tragic. Dude, live your fucking life instead of trying to justify it, badly, in a Gamespot comment to some anonymous dude.

Elann2008
Elann2008

@Lamesy 

They don't have a clue what they are talking about.  Sounds like my console friends.

Lamesy
Lamesy

NOBODY LISTEN to JynxGSpot, the account was created alongside Micro's E3 disaster. SHILL.

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@leandrro @JynxGSpot You should try to specify performance. Graphics? Sure, GDDR5 wins. Rendering chunks? Again, GDDR5 claims victory. Moving objects at a single moment? Got to be DDR3. Real time feedback? Looks like its DDR3. 

Like I have said before, and hope to not mention again to get it into your immature head, they both have their own advantages.

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@leandrro @JynxGSpot @mikemaj82 Like I keep on mentioning, for multitasking. Also, yes, you were right about DDR3 being able to perform better, on some games, than the GDDR5.

 Did you attend E3 to watch the demonstration in which the console was able to detect, track the location, direction and speed of 300,000 asteroids in the solar system? The host then turned it up a notch to be able to distinguish 700,000. Pretty impressive numbers. In the gaming world it would represent   flying objects, moving figures and even individual swaying blades of grass. It was to demonstrate the ability of multitasking that the DDR3 was capable of.

leandrro
leandrro

@JynxGSpot hahaha, you dreaming, compare performance in any ddr3 gpu vs same model ddr5 gpu, any game ddr5 wins any game

leandrro
leandrro

@JynxGSpot @mikemaj82 @leandrro you know im right xbot, but anyway whats the use of having more than a 1gb ddr3 ram for that super slow gpu? you can make a 4gb HD7770 video card and it wont play games any better

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@leandrro @mikemaj82Yes that's actually right. If the game is reliant on multitasking such as Dead Rising 3, DDR3 would be the first choice. Did you even read my explanation of both the cards?

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@mikemaj82 @JynxGSpot @leandrro You too are also mistaken; There is no DDR5 as the most advanced of the DDRs is DDR3, which I believe the Xbox has?... GDDR5 is the also the most recent release of its kind.  Both have their benefits that are not as effective on the other. 

GDDR5, as you may know, is capable of using slightly more memory to render worlds and increase dot pitch. 

DDR3 is suited to increase the performance in multitasking and easily transport data (switch between things, sensitivity and feedback)

Both are great as they are optimised for either console's aim in the gaming industry. PS4 being graphics and hardware, Xbox being multitasking and all in one software.

Before you accuse me of being an "xbox fanboy" - stop yourself - I am a tech enthusiast. I am more biased towards Xbox because they decided to take a risk and be original this generation. If I wanted a gaming system solely for high graphic fidelity and faster rendering, I would get a PC.