Xbox One only captures 5 minutes of gameplay

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Both of the next generation consoles  will allow you to capture your gameplay, upload it to the internet, and share that as a video with your friends. It very nearly makes those very expensive HD capture devices that people currently use to make console gameplay videos obsolete. Nearly, but not quite – especially with regards to the Xbox One.

It seems that Microsoft’s machine just doesn’t record your gaming for quite as long as the PlayStation. While Sony’s console records the last 15 minutes of your playtime, the Xbox One commits a measly 5 minutes at a time to its internal storage.

Microsoft confirmed this themselves in a panel at Comic Con this weekend, with Microsoft Studios creative director Ken Lobb saying that “The idea is you’re always recording. The last five minutes of any game you’re playing are always being stored on your hard drive.”

“Say you’re making a compilation video but can’t stop your session to save the last five minutes before capturing the next” Lobb added, “Say you’re playing online and you just did the best thing ever – you can’t pause as you’re playing online. You can say ‘Xbox, record that’ and it’ll grab the last 30 seconds of gameplay for you to play around with later.”

The PlayStation 4 continually records the last 15 minutes of your session, allowing you to select a screenshot or video from that, which you can share using the console’s “share button.”

That said, the Xbox One’s voice-control features and – from what we’ve seen – more robust video editor might end up giving it the edge when it comes to on-console video editing and sharing. Besides, five minutes is more than enough for me. Wait, what?

Last Updated: July 22, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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