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Update: Microsoft has responded to us stating that executive vice president Phil Harrison's comments were taken out of context. "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."
To be absolutely clear, regardless of whether you are capturing something from the buffer or pressing the record button and capturing gameplay from that point forward, clips will be capped at five minutes. We're unclear where the disconnect was, but apparently this means that "as much or as little as they want" doesn't refer to recording time. We've asked for clarification on what Harrison was referring to.
The feature race between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One continues to heat up on the road to November. One aspect that we thought had been put to bed, the set length of gameplay recordings, is being revisited after comments made by Microsoft executive vice president Phil Harrison at Eurogamer Expo.
We previously understood that the Xbox One would buffer five minutes of recording and that would be the maximum length of a shared clip. Sony fired back with a 15-minute buffer (but no specificity about a cap on clip length). Today we have new information about Microsoft's plans for the Xbox One gameplay sharing.
According to VG 24/7, not only can the users record "as much or as little as they want," but clips can include separately recorded commentary. This will be handled with the Kinect camera and displayed picture-in-picture in the final clip.
We've reached out to Microsoft to confirm that users can record as much as they'd like, as this is a significant change.
[Source: VG 24/7]
Our TakeWith a suite of simple editing tools and the ability to record commentary, the Xbox One's gameplay sharing features just became significantly more powerful. If correct, the ability to record extended clips well beyond the five-minute buffer window is equally as important.
This will make recording Let's Play videos more feasible for neophytes, as no one really wants to watch those in five-minute chunks. It likely won't change the way established YouTubers approach their work (since external capture devices will work right away on Xbox One), but it does provide better options to those looking to experiment.
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great feature. but still more expensive than ps4.
I'm glad of this feature. Yes there will be a flood of gameplay commentary on youtube now, but it also makes things easier. I have an HDPVR. After connecting everything and recording it takes a while. Then recording commentary you need seperate harware and programs as well. The Xbox One comes with a kinect. You also don't really have to deal with doing any video editing either to put your commentary over the video or anything because it will automatically do picture in picture. I see this as a big plus.
Things continue to get interesting...competition is only good for all of us.
I must say I'm impressed with the relatively few "Trying to be Sony" comments so far.
I was skeptical at first because most people dont make 5 minute lets plays, but this is big. Nothing can beat unlimited recording time
Did this guy make such a muddle of features when he was with Sony? Personally, the 5 minute clips sound fine to me, most cool things that occur are fairly quick in games, and for things like walkthroughs, or how to boss battles that people will post, it sounds as though this will work fine, but Phil Harrison should really watch what he says and how he says it. More confusion like this is not helping. Someone in Redmund needs to muzzle him already.
Oh boy. Enough already with the recordings. It does it and that's great. If it didn't, I well. Wouldn't change anything for majority of gamers. Let's stay focused on what's important.
Love how everyone is now saying they don't care after saying ''it's your move Sony'' makes them seem like hypocrites. Either way had it been true it wouldn't have changed my choice of going with a PS4.
After reading some comments I'm sure some people feel very stupid... *Sigh* fanboys of all kind....Disgusting. Lets just GAME ON PEOPLE! In my opinion both PS4 and Xbox one have great things to offer.
Meh.. not advantage gained no ground given. A stalemate...
Don't think it will attract or detract people.
Almost xbone. Almost.
In one way I think that's better than the 15 minutes on PS4 because it leaves more processing power for the game. I don't think I'll ever need more than five minutes for my cool clips anyway.