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Xbox One Game DVR Locked Behind Xbox Live Gold

No Xbox Live Gold, no sharing your gaming exploits with the world.

News by Mike Williams, .

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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  • Avatar for jacobshafer86 #1 jacobshafer86 4 years ago
    To me this is just added proof that for MS it is all about the money. PS4 has a lot to prove and that is going to make it a better console for added features and services until MS realizes that it is in a tight race for the next gen.
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  • Avatar for weevilo #2 weevilo 4 years ago
    To be fair, that's a lot of data they're going to have to move around and store on their servers, and it's not unreasonable to expect people to pay for it. We'll have to wait and see how ridiculous they get with their advertising partners though; I could easily see them adding Youtube like lead-in spots when watching clips. That, along with all of the other advertising that goes on even with an XBL Gold account, would really be over the top. Hopefully Sony can keep them in line with this as they've already done with some of MS's more predatory intentions.

    The real surprise to me was the quality level of the recordings. 720p at 30fps isn't terrible, but it's far from ideal for anything other than spontaneously grabbing short clips at random. Especially given how much of the resources of the system are being held in reserve. We haven't had any details yet that I'm aware on the quality of PS4 recordings, but I get the sense that their design using a FreeBSD base might give them more flexibility in terms of dynamically allocating hardware resources as needed. Neither console is going to be a good replacement for PC encoding through a hardware PVR, but 720p at 30fps is definitely lowering the bar for streaming and LP quality.
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  • Avatar for zc #3 zc 4 years ago
    "To me this is just added proof that for MS it is all about the money"
    A business trying to make money? What ASSHOLES, how dare they!?
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  • Avatar for htz #4 htz 4 years ago
    @zc

    A business can make money two ways.

    Provide customers more value for their money and treat each of them with respect.

    or

    Nickel and dime them as much as possible. Just cause they can.
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  • Avatar for Widge #5 Widge 4 years ago
    @htz "Provide customers more value for their money"

    That is the crux of it. There are now two platforms that are asking you to pay money for a service. The differenting factor with one is that it is offering what the other is putting behind the paywall for free. In place of that, its service offers cross platform benefits in terms of discounted gaming and rentals.

    When you put it like that, and compare side to side, it is no wonder there is a certain amount of dismay at Microsoft's business strategy.
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  • Avatar for adamscottprenger78 #6 adamscottprenger78 4 years ago
    I have no problem with this. I never personally saw value in the 360 without Live and this system seems to be the same. I get what I see as a valuable service for paying for Xbox Live.
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  • Avatar for GaijinD #7 GaijinD 4 years ago
    @weevilo It's interesting that you mention an external game DVR, as MS has confirmed that the Xbox One will be no different than the 360 when it comes to using one. Apparently, you may have to reboot the console first if you've just been watching a blu-ray or the like, but basically it won't normally add copy protection to its video output. Sony hasn't said the same.
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