Microsoft confirms Xbox One only has 5 minutes of recording

Friday, 27th September 2013 08:12 GMT By Dave Owen

Although this previously seemed nailed down, comments by Microsoft Corporate Vice President Phil Harrison yesterday during his Eurogamer Expo talk re-opened speculation about how long Xbox One’s DVR capabilities would allow you to record game footage. While showcasing Xbox One’s Upload Studio, Harrison said users could record ”as much or as little as they wanted.” Microsoft now says that these comments were taken out of context, and that the previously known figure of 5 minutes recording time is still correct.

“We are committed to giving gamers the ability to produce high quality videos easily and quickly,” a Microsoft representative told Game Informer. “We can confirm the recording buffer in Game DVR is 5 minutes, which we feel is optimized to take advantage of high-quality production features and advanced social mechanics in Xbox One.”

Perhaps Harrison was referring to how many 5 minute clips a player can produce, rather than the length of an individual clip. Otherwise it’s hard to see how the comment could have been taken out of context.

The 5 minute limit puts the console at a disadvantage against PS4′s recording capabilities, which will buffer 15 minutes of recording.



  1. Zackslacky

    Both are useless? Give me a capture card any day? What if a streak in a cod match or especially a battlefield match which can be an hour?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    “We can confirm the recording buffer in Game DVR is 5 minutes, which we feel is optimized to take advantage of high-quality production features and advanced social mechanics in Xbox One.”

    …but is completely fucking useless for any kind of decent ‘let’s play’ video, which is what 99% of serious vloggers will want to use it for.

    I’ve been an Xbox advocate since the beginning, but I am genuinely tempted to get my first playstation console, or maybe even wait for a Steambox.

    Too many features in the X1 either crap or uneccessary. I liked it before they backtracked on all the cool digital stuff.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. VibraniumSpork

    Microsoft should just stop doing press at this stage. How many more times are they going to trip themselves over like this? I actually thought they’d scored a unilateral win with some of the stuff they confirmed yesterday; now you have to wonder how much of Harrison’s spiel was either ill-informed or straight-up deceptive.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Ekona

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Both limits are utterly pointless, and this is a feature that I cannot see having any real use to the users at all.

    If people want to record stuff, then as #1 says you would be daft to use anything other than a capture card. For those OH HAHA I SNIPED YOU IN THE HEAD LOLZ moments then even 5 mins is still more than plenty.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. CyberMarco


    #5 1 year ago
  6. Fin

    Anyone who says recording ability is pointless has never played an open world game.
    The amount of times I’ve been playing GTA V and have said “fuck, that would’ve made an awesome video” – I played a mission with 38 kills/38 headshots. Would’ve liked to have captured that to show my mates.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. dex3108

    As far as i know this times mean that console is recording last 5(Xbox One) and 15(PS4) minutes all time. That means if you did something interesting you can save that moment after it is done without need to stage that scene. Correct me if i am wrong :D

    #7 1 year ago
  8. DrDamn

    Correct. Plus X1 can save off the last 30 seconds via a voice command, which will be useful in online play where you don’t necessarily have the time to stop and save it off manually.

    I think you just have a problem seeing this from any view but your own. It’s clear a lot of people like this idea and home made gaming videos are very popular on YouTube. There is a market for this whether it’s to your tastes or not.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. monkeygourmet

    Is this another win for Sony then?

    Don’t they have 30 mins for PS4? If thats the case, this is pretty poor for the Xbone seeing as it is so heavily touted as being the complete media solution.

    Makes one think that the Xbone has been created by people in marketing and advertising really…

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Hcw87

    15 mins. I don’t see how this can’t be improved in the future though, and it’s not exactly a system seller anyway. Pretty sure current capture cards can be used in next gen consoles.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. xXNapsterManXx

    This is a partial win, people who are going to make worthwhile content have the Tools to do it, the rable who are trying to be famous youtubers will be limited to 5 minutes of content that 500k other people have already done.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Ekona


    Perhaps. I do like watching the complete walkthroughs of older games on YT, as well as complete level walthroughs of newer stuff for when I get stuck, but you’re right: I can’t see any interest in watching more than a couple of mins of gaming.

    For me, gaming is supposed to be something you take part in, not something you watch.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. tracyis300

    You can still use a capture card on next gen. But for the ps4 your going to have to do a lil hacking just like the ps3

    #13 1 year ago
  14. _LarZen_

    5 or 15min should be enough to capture those little magic moments. Personally it’s the streaming services I am going to use.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. _LarZen_

    #13 I thought Sony confirmed it’s HDMI port would be open on PS4?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. FuntimeBen

    It was. HDMI capture is open on PS4.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Silent Killer01

    more wasted system resources that could be better used for games.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. sebastien rivas

    Don’t tell me some are going to choose MS over Sony or vice and versa because of the DVR capabilities.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. bobnice

    Most gamers have an attention span of a couple of minutes anyway…what were we talking about again?

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Pitts

    So yet again, they’re not making mistakes… we’re just hearing them wrong?

    They need to get their act together, quick.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Doppleganger

    I totally agree BOBNICE. There’s no chance I’m gonna watch a video that’s longer then 5 min anyway. Usually if its longer than 3 min I skip through it. Lol.
    All videos are edited of 1 min clips, no ones gonna pull off a 7 min head shot rampage anyway and even so BORING!

    #21 1 year ago

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