Heading into this new generation of consoles, one of the new features of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is the ability to record and stream your gameplay. It's not a feature everyone will use, but for those who want to show off that sick move they just pulled, it's pretty great. Sadly, if you're not an Xbox Live Gold member, that feature will be locked off on Xbox One.
Microsoft has published a list of Xbox Live Gold features for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Game DVR is there, alongside the Xbox One's OneGuide TV enhancement feature, Skype, and the SmartMatch multiplayer service. The Xbox One was intended as an always-online console and many of these features were probably intended to show interested consumers how great always-online and Xbox Live Gold could be.
"I can confirm that Game DVR features will be available to Xbox Live Gold members only," a Microsoft spokesperson told One Hit Pixel.
The problem here is Microsoft's Xbox One doesn't exist in a next-gen vacuum. Sony's PlayStation 4 is already $100 cheaper and its featureset stacks up great against Microsoft's offering. While the Xbox One's Game DVR is constantly recording the last 5 minutes of gameplay, the PlayStation 4's Share service records up to 15 minutes. Both consoles have the ability to edit and upload recorded footage to their respective online services, but Sony's recording feature is still available to users not on PlayStation Plus.
Sadly, this move on Microsoft's part is not unexpected as the company has been operating from a position of strength when it comes to online services. Sony's PlayStation Plus was late to the game, and because of this fact Sony's been offering excellent perks like the Plus discounts and free games. Microsoft just recently added Games With Gold, but the titles available are rather long in the tooth like Assassin's Creed II and Crackdown.
So does locking Game DVR behind Xbox Live Gold matter to you? Or did you already expect to have Xbox Live anyways?
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