Ready To Record In-Depth Video Commentary? Xbox One’s DVR Lets You Do That (UPDATED)

on September 30, 2013 9:47 AM

Update: Microsoft has sent some update info to Game Informer stating that Harrison’s comments were taken out of context and the “as much or as little” part does not refer to recording time:

We are committed to giving gamers the ability to produce high quality videos easily and quickly. 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.

Original article: Some of us who watch TV, or watch our friends playing games, like to add our own color commentary to liven up the fun. The Xbox One’s Upload Studio feature will allow us to do this with more of a professional flair, at least according to what Microsoft’s Phil Harrison recently told Polygon at the the Eurogamer Expo.

According to Harrison, the Upload Studio feature will allow gamers to record “as much or as little” footage as they want, and then also record video commentary over the game footage via the Kinect camera for picture-in-picture viewing.

The videos will record up to 720p at 30 frames per second, and can be stored in the cloud or your game’s own DVR collection when comparing gamercards. Gamers can also choose whether to share these publicly or privately with particular friends. Sometime next year, players will also be able to share to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the Xbox One will also have livestreaming capabilities like the PS4, though we’ll have to wait for more details to find out. It’ll also be interesting to see if the Kinect’s gesture-related and player-tracking technology can be integrated into the Upload Studio feature.

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