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Earlier today reports began circulating that Microsoft will require a Xbox Live Gold membership in order to access the console's Game DVR functions. Microsoft has confirmed with us that this is true.
Xbox Live Gold has traditionally been used to access Microsoft's premium offerings, including multiplayer and streaming apps like Netflix. Given the bandwidth and online storage requirements, it's not terribly surprising that Microsoft would want to motivate interested users toward an Xbox Live Gold membership.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will buffer five minutes of video, but when we asked about longer clips and recording forward (as opposed to capturing something that happened in the recent past), the representative said that more information would be coming on the feature.
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Our TakeThere are two important points here. The first is that Microsoft just added value to the Xbox Live Gold membership. Many people already have one just for multiplayer and/or Netflix. Now Microsoft has enhanced the value of that $60 membership. The other choice was devaluing it by leaving game DVR open to all.
The second point is that we don't yet know how Sony will handle its recording service. Again, given the bandwidth and storage needs, it wouldn't be surprising if video sharing is part of the PlayStation Plus membership on PS4.
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im pretty sure that atleast 75% of people have gold and most people record online gameplay
Makes sense to include the DVR as a gold feature, I don't mind this kindof marketing tactic.
I have no arguments with Microsoft charging for multiplayer or DVR because it uses there servers but explain why netflix and hulu require gold they are just apps they don't use there servers.
Personally I feel like I'm getting jipped. First off it's locking away content that was previously stated as a "standard feature", and second I could very easily purchase an external game recording hardware/software for $60 (would be crap but still better than nothing). On the plus side, yes it offers more value to XBL, but at the same time takes away an awesome feature that was advertised as an innovative flagship system feature. Maybe M$oft means you can't share/upload/stream your content without the live service, but you can still record and show your friends locally. That would make sense and would properly add value to XBL instead of taking it away from one "lesser" group and giving it to those of a higher priority. So far Sony still has the better looking console to me, but I haven't given up on M$oft yet!
Adding value, huh...? That's an interesting way to look at it... I don't consider throwing a bunch of *** that I'm already paying for, sometimes twice, behind another pay wall, as adding value. I see that as nonsense. If I'm going to pay a sub, I'm going to do it because it has unique features, such as online play and game DVR. I am not going to pay so I can watch Netflix on my 5th device capable of such, nor am I going to pay so I can use the clunky IE browser.
Sugar coat it however you want, Microsoft is just tying too much of the console behind an additional paywall. It's basically an extra $100 over the PS4 plus the $50ish dollars a year for Gold (I've seen it as low as $40 for a year online, but that's still insane). Even just requiring it for Netflix is asinine, and why I will never pay for a Gold membership.
Not surprised. And it's not that huge of a deal to me.
Ridiculous,MS constantly nickel and diming their customers to death.
Well I couldn't imagine having a Xbox with Gold anyway.