Xbox One will support external video capture

Upcoming console will allow for off-device gameplay recording; HDCP content blocked from capture.

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console will allow users to capture gameplay using external recording devices, Microsoft Game Studios vice president Phil Spencer has told Polygon.

Asked whether the Xbox One will support footage being captured through the console's HDMI ports, specifically given the device's High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) system, Spencer replied in the positive: "Yep," Spencer told the site. "Exactly like it works today [on the Xbox 360]."

However, while users will be able to preserve their top gaming moments at will off-console, the system will still actively protect against users making unauthorised copies of content that includes HDCP.

"If all you care about is getting the gameplay, you're fine," Spencer said.

Microsoft previously confirmed that Xbox One owners will be able to save the previous 5 minutes of gameplay, allowing players to edit highlight videos and share them online. The Xbox One will ship this November.

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342 comments
DanHamilton
DanHamilton

I'm going to continue to use my HD PVR 2 over the internal DVR the Xbox one has because the PVR can record 1080p and stream with no stress on the console.

If you are recording while playing using the built-in dvr it may impact the game, I'd rather use my PVR which is much much easier to use to record, stream, upload with in full 1080p.


The new software Hauppauge Capture is fantastic too. (Can be found here for more info by the way http://www.hauppauge.com/capture/ )


Hauppauge provide great support too so there is nothing pointing me away from continuing using my HD PVR 2 with the next gen console.

straightcur
straightcur

seriously, why do people feel the need to record everything they do.  I cant stand this 'facebook" generation.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@Cl0ud Can anyone confirm whether or not the PS4 can use external video capture hardware with it  ?

dirtyvu
dirtyvu

@DeViLzzz PS3 fully enables HDCP all the time (videos, music, games).  so it would make sense that PS4 has HDCP all the time too.  at least PS3 had component (which is analog and cannot be protected) so that HD could be recorded.  but PS4 only has HDMI which has HDCP.

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

There is no problem but one.

This HDCP can let you record gameplay but not anything else. Considering on how many cutscenes are in video games now adays, there isn't going to be much gameplay recorded -_-.

(Note: Will this also affect boss battles because that would be hilarious if it did. Hilarious as in completely depressing for the losers who actually buy the Xbox One.)

Chizaqui
Chizaqui

@TalesOfGod 

I'm assuming that your actual problem (and anyone else, really) is that the limitations will make video walkthroughs a rarity. Well, I suppose people who need video walkthroughs shouldn't really be gaming anyway.

Oh, but yeah... we should be bashing Xbox (or its fans) because many of them are good at what they do. Lolz.

((you're an idiot))

epobirs
epobirs

@TalesOfGod  

I'd be very surprised to see an y publisher activating HDCP for cut scenes. The only time it is likely to be active is during Blu-ray playback or use of a service like Netflix.

dirtyvu
dirtyvu

@TalesOfGod LOL.  You don't actually record gameplay, do you?  you wouldn't have such idiotic conjecture if you did.  they said it's exactly the same as the 360 for recording.

eckosoldier
eckosoldier

I suggest getting a HD PVR 2, this device is also confirmed to work with the new xbox one and does support HDMI, with the quality on the new console being nearly 10 times better than the 360 version the HD PVR 2 can record in 720p or 1080p this will be great for youtube or general video sharing.

Lamesy
Lamesy

@Cl0ud Is this confirmed? HDCP is certainly capable of blocking game cinematics, unless Microsoft made the conscious decision to only enable it during films/TV.
It's increasingly common to see message board posts saying that if a game has crap gameplay, they'll just watch the story on youtube. I can easily imagine Micro falsely equating that to "lost sales" just as they foolishly did with the Used market.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

I have a better idea. Just mount your video recorder on a tripod and record ANYTHING you want on your game. I have don't this many times. Angle and proper lighting is all you need..

blackace
blackace

@COPMAN221ISBACK LOL @ bias loser. It's obviously a hell of a lot easier to just record it directly from the Xbox One. Set up a tripod? lmao. You think everyone has a tripod? A direct feed capture will look better anyways.

gosushi
gosushi

shouldn't this spot be reserved for a feature a little more.......groundbreaking?

Is the next 'Top Story' going to tell us we can play games on the X1? :D

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

""If all you care about is getting the gameplay, you're fine,""

Is this a subtle way of saying it's possible cut scenes won't be available? I remember an article mentioning something like that during E3, but can't remember where.

WTF1555
WTF1555

@FallenOneX Boss fights or final Bosses fights on the older articles gonna be blocked ,if the devs/publishers want.

Probably they gonna prevent cutscenes too.

silvergol
silvergol

Why Microsoft did add this useless feature To Xbox One? like on PS3.

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) system to protect cutscenes,boss fights and any other content.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Can someone explain wth they are saying in this article in simple terms ?

surrealme
surrealme

@DeViLzzz They're saying that people who want to make gameplay videos won't be limited to the 5 minutes the system's built in capture will do. They'll be able to use external capture devices just like they can currently on the 360.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I was all hating on the XBONE and still will but after seeing what Sony did towards the end of 2012 in terms of patenting or whatever to stop used games from working on their consoles well I will now have hatred towards the PS4 too.  Both are garbage.  Nintendo, pc hardware makers and companies that make games that don't end up on either of the new consoles or the Xbox 360 and PS3 are what I am going to support.  

 If I get PS4 or buy games from companies that make games for those two next gen systems I will buy them used or when they are pretty much no longer profitable for the company at the price I buy the games at.

  Sony .... MS ... you can both ****off today

BrokutheMighty
BrokutheMighty

What this article tells me is that recording on XBox One will suck for RPG's because you can only record the gameplay and not the cinematics.

dman123_1
dman123_1

because I can purchase a retail album, doesn't mean I can upload it on youtube.

theKSMM
theKSMM

It would be hard for Microsoft to implement more Draconian DRM policies than Sony after what they pulled by implementing Cinavia on the PS3.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@theKSMM really?? what about what Microscam tried to pull with the xbone??? Yeah keep drinking the bathwater kid..

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@theKSMM its ditto for all blu ray players... so itll be on that xbox you love so much.  so yeah, irony.  read your statement and realize this fact and educate yourself.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@leviathanwing @COPMAN221ISBACK Sheesh, you kids get so offended like I insulted your mom or slapped your girlfriend.

Since you two are all hurt because I denigrated the PS3, let me add the disclaimer:

If Microsoft does similar bad things, then that's bad too.  But the article was talking exclusively about capturing video, so I was speaking about that from a DRM perspective.  So far MS hasn't done anything to restrict video playback on their console.

Does that make you guys feel better?