Xbox One Stores Last Five Minutes Of Recorded Video

by Mike Futter on Jul 22, 2013 at 06:08 AM

At San Diego Comic-Con, Microsoft's Ken Lobb revealed that the console will provide a suite of tools for capturing and editing video. The key to making it easier for gamers to capture exciting moments is constant buffering in the background.

Rather than require players to press "record" in advance, the Xbox One will store the last five minutes of play. That way, if something unexpected happens, players can immediately have access to it instead of lamenting a missed opportunity.

In our coverage of the panel, we detailed how this might work with an example from Killer Instinct's showing at EVO last week. Reports also indicate that the PlayStation 4 will buffer video in the same way, though the details haven't been fully disclosed yet.

We've reached out to Sony for clarification. Update: Sony has confirmed to CVG that the PlayStation 4 will record 15 minutes of video in the background, on a rolling basis.

[Source: Gamespot, CVG]

Our Take
This is the best way to offer video capture to players, and should significantly minimize the number of missed opportunities for sharing cool moments and tips. If you want to try this now, Saints Row: The Third offered this feature on PC. The one caveat is that because of licensing, the soundtrack is unavailable when recording is on. It will be interesting to see how publishers and platform holders navigate that.