PS4 and Xbox One Game DVR Time and Limitations

Good afternoon everyone.

Today I've got info on the console DVR record time for both the PS4 and Xbox One.


During an interview with Gamespot, Microsoft Studios creative director Ken Lobb, gave us insight to how long of footage you can record with the console DVR of the Xbox One.

"It's called Project Upload. So the idea is you're always recording, so we have a ring buffer game DVR, basically. So the last five minutes of any game you're playing is always being stored locally on your hard drive."

However if you want to record the last 30 seconds of footage meanwhile you're playing  online, you can say "Xbox Record" the console DVR will record the last 30 seconds of what happened in the game.

On the other side of the aisle, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe R&D head Neil Brown said at the Develop Conference earlier this month that the PS4 will record "several minutes" of previous gameplay to a buffer, though some reports indicated that he said "seven" not several.

A Sony spokesperson re-confirmed to CVG today, that the system will actually record the last 15 minutes-worth of gameplay, as Sony announced back in February.


Now before PS4 fans take to the streets and praise the longer recording time, it's been reported that Sony will allow developers to be able to limit what you can record from a game.


Sony WorldWide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed this limitation, this will impact the popularity of the share function.

It's unclear how you will know what you can and cannot record with the PS4 DVR and it's unclear if there will be any notifications of where you can record and what you can't record.

It's very likely that the developers will choose certain sections of games like a boss battle to avoid people spoiling the game.

I do understand the limitations to a degree, but I also don't like the fact that something like this is left to the developers.

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