Xbox One DVR automatically records gameplay when an achievement is unlocked – report

Monday, 7th October 2013 14:04 GMT By Dave Owen

It seems that alongside its constant background recording of the last 5 minutes of gameplay, the Xbox One’s DVR will automatically record gameplay every time an achievement is unlocked. The information was revealed by Xbox Australia product manager Adam Pollington in an interview with YouTuber ChampChong at EB Games Expo.

Pollington also said that the Kinect could be used to record the player’s reaction whenever an achievement is unlocked, if developer decided to include the feature.

In the video Pollington also discusses the Xbox One Upload Studio, as well as the improvements brought to the table for Kinect 2.0. This includes the fact that Kinect 2.0 can now support 6 players, and that it requires less space (around a metre) to capture the full body. So if you have a small room, Kinect should now function a lot more effectively.

Thanks, Gear Nuke.



  1. TheBlackHole

    If it’s recording the last 5 mins on a constant basis, then it’s already recording every achievement… surely?

    That is unless it takes up your hard drive by saving all of these clips until you delete them, which would be balls.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Xbone

    So it could often record what happens in the room without you approving it. I see.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Major Mayhem 70

    This is a cool idea cause if you got the achievement in the first minute of playing but continued playing for let’s say ten minutes, at least you will still have the recording of how you obtained the achievement. Smart usage of the DVR.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. AmiralPatate

    There’s a difference between recording and actually saving. Meaning it streams the last 5 minutes of footage in a buffer, but does not actually save your buffer on the hard drive unless you get an achievement.

    #4 1 year ago

    It’s watching you n00by haxxorz.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. TheBlackHole

    @4 right, so it’s wasting my HD space recording arbitrary achievements.

    Assume you’ll be able to turn that off.

    #6 1 year ago

    ^ Is a few hundred MB (max) out of 500GB really that important to you?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. AmiralPatate

    Well, I assume it’s customisable (turn it off and on, maybe adjust buffer length). In any case, if it’s saving, it will absolutely eat your hard drive.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Phoenixblight


    WIth it automatically doing it for every single achievement, yes. THat would mean the person would have to go back find them and delete them not to mention to the unsuspecting person that the HD would be full in no time. What Xbox One should do is have an off/on switch and if it is on when an achievement happens it’ll ask “do you want to save the video” if not then it deletes it.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    I hope it has constant notifications that over lay the gameplay, letting you know exactly when it’s starting and stopping recording, otherwise it’s going to be tough to know whats going on ‘behind the scenes’…

    Maybe a loud beep (it would have to be loud so you can hear it over gameplay) and the pad and all triggers could vibrate. After ther second beep (when it’s finished recording), it should take you straight out of the game into the media suite so you can view the clip.

    After you have viewed the clip (here would be a good point to offer social networking features – do you want to tweet this unlock etc…), it should give you an option of deleting or saving this clip to the hard drive.

    After that, it snaps straight back to gameplay, quick as a flash (thanks to the 3 Os’s running at the same time).

    In fact, snapping back may be too hectic if your in the middle of gameplay, so maybe a 10 second countdown would be more helpful so you don’t lose your bearings. Then Bam! Straight back to Gears of War, quick as you like!

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Francis O

    Pretty cool for YouTubers like myself.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. DrDamn

    @10 :D

    As a feature it’s a nice idea. Not enough info to get bothered about it. It could simply do this in the back ground and when you quit the game ask if you want to see / save anything off before wiping them automatically too.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Lv01

    @10 – if it did that for every achievement, that would be a very stop and start gameplay experience..!
    and if im in the middle of a mad shoot out (most likely online, seeing as all these next-gen games are persistently online worlds), and then my xbox jumps me out of the action to the media suite… meanwhile, back in the game, my head is getting the hell shot out of it!!

    it wouldnt be too annoying if the achievement video saves were all in one easy to get to place, where they could be deleted en masse.

    and at the same time, if you’ve just unlocked a seriously difficult achievement, one you might actually brag about to your mates in real life, to have video evidence and a recorded memory of the triumphant moment… that would be sweet.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. monkeygourmet



    Also, without being able to move the camera around ala Halo / CODs battle theatre, watching some of these is going to be boring as hell.

    I suppose it may be good for guides or whatever.


    Only messing! :)

    #14 1 year ago
  15. TheBlackHole


    “Is a few hundred MB (max)”

    So it doesn’t capture and save all achievements then? Or it records them in a shitty resolution if its cap is a few hundred mb.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. monkeygourmet


    It records at 900p. Bazinga! :)

    #16 1 year ago
  17. TheBlackHole

    @16 Ha! :)

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Lv01

    @14 i know, was just picturing how funny that would be.
    xbox cuts back to game… screen is coloured red and is counting down to a respawn… player puts the controller down calmly… ‘dammit!!!’

    #18 1 year ago
  19. monkeygourmet


    Haha! Yeah, “Achievement Unlocked : Finished the Tutorial, would you like to share this on Myface?” :)

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Lv01

    @19 hahaha!

    #20 1 year ago

    It records in 720p, and MS has some pretty good video compression technology, too.

    5 mins of 720p video is next to nothing in terms of storage needs.

    Besides, there’s no point speculating about the options of being able to turn it on or off.

    I’m pretty sure that MS technicians are more aware of HDD storage issues than anyone here, so all you really need to know is that you can save up to 5 minutes of gameplay before unlocking an achievement, or a short clip of you celebrating in your Y-fronts with Kinect, afterwards, if that’s what the dev wants to do, without having to know exactly when you’re going to unlock it.

    After that, just assume that MS knows how to implement basic storage management options…

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Cobra951

    What if I don’t want any recording? What if I want all the CPU and all the I/O bandwidth to go to game performance? Can I disable the DVR functionality entirely?

    #22 1 year ago
  23. fearmonkey

    I use Action! to record gameplay on my PC and 720p is not that much storage, especially if using some type of compression.

    I record videos at 1440p sometimes and those are some big files lol.

    if anyone needs software to record gameplay, audio, screenshots, benchmarks and specific places on a screen rather than the entire desktop, Action! is the best program I have ever used.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Erthazus

    @monkeygorumet, troll of the decade. :D :D :D :D

    #24 1 year ago
  25. monkeygourmet



    #25 1 year ago
  26. bradk825

    For most achievements I don’t really care about this feature. But there are those achievements that are very tough to get, and it’ll be nice for bragging rights to have it there. Even then though, I would have been happy enough using the voice command to cap that.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. pcbros

    “What Xbox One should do is have an off/on switch and if it is on when an achievement happens it’ll ask “do you want to save the video” if not then it deletes it.” (#9)

    Probably the best solution.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Kreion


    IMO, it’d be better if it just cycles space on the HDD for video. So essentially there’ll be a buffer of video for say a day or a week, but the next day anything that wasn’t locked down would be cycled out so the only things that would effectively take up space would be your saved videos and one block of memory which was constantly in use by the video capture unit.

    I say that because I feel like asking me if I want to save would take me out of the game-play. I mean you might not know that you’re going to get an achievement, but left the system on just in case. I don’t want to be asked after every achieve if I want to save.

    Perhaps a variation on your idea could be to have it so that when the achive icon pops up, you can hit the dashboard button and it has the option to save there. Instead of forcing the decision on the user without their input.

    #28 1 year ago

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