Xbox One will allow external video capture

Friday, 2nd August 2013 08:33 GMT By Dave Owen

Microsoft’s Xbox One console will let users capture gameplay via external recording devices, Microsoft Game Studios vice president Phil Spencer has revealed to Polygon. This means that YouTubers can capture gameplay to their heart’s delight.

The Xbox One will have a High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) system, but that won’t stop players from plugging a capture device into the console’s HDMI ports.

“Yep,” said Spencer. “Exactly like it works today [on the Xbox 360].”

This means that users can capture as much gameplay as they like on an external device. However, the system will actively protect against unauthorised copies being made of content that includes HDCP.

“If all you care about is getting the gameplay, you’re fine,” Spencer said.

This follows the news that the Xbox One will be able to save the previous five minutes of gameplay internally, which players can then edit and share online.

Thanks, GameSpot.



  1. KAP

    Sony’s response in 5, 4, 3, 2……

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Llewelyn_MT

    Where is this coming to? Tomorrow they will surely allow extension cords!

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the only possible way they could have locked it is to require a HDCP screen? That would be beyond stupid, even by Microsoft standard.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Kreion


    You’re complaining, really?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Clupula

    Psssh. Wake me up when it allows internal video capture. Sometimes, a man just wants to see his own liver.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. bradk825

    I read about this elsewhere the other day. PS3 did not allow external recording at all, only 360. Now I’m interested to know if PS4 will do the same. If so, that explains the difference between 5 minutes and 15 minutes of auto capture, PS4 would NEED that extra time to make up for the fact that you can’t record externally.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. DrDamn

    In what way doesn’t the PS3 allow it? You can get equipment to do it …

    It also has nothing to do with the 5 minutes/15 minutes thing. That will be configurable anyway. That capture is for small snippets and everybody to use, this sort of capture is for more extensive edited play for people who want to put together shows on YouTube for example.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dragon246

    So just like current-gen.
    Good to hear though. You cant take many things for granted now.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. locus2k1

    Being an owner of an HDMI Game Capture Device this is very good news for me :) hoping PS4 device will the same then I won’t need to worry about getting new capture kits/go arounds for any of this years home consoles

    #8 1 year ago
  9. bradk825

    @6 This is what I read:

    This only applies to gameplay, whilst other content, such as streaming movies and pass-through TV, is going to be encrypted, depending on the DRM the provider has chosen. However, this is still a sight better than the PS4 is looking to be, as the PS3 currently has HDCP encryption on all HDMI output, and this is likely to continue on the PS4, without the Component output as a backup.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. DrDamn

    So you own quote says PS3 does allow capture through component. How is that “PS3 did not allow external recording at all”. We don’t know what the PS4 will do. Even with HDCP there are ways and means around it if you need to.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. bradk825

    True enough, I was mistaken, please don’t kill me.

    #11 1 year ago

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