Xbox One’s DVR Will Not Automatically Record Achievements; Albert Penello Explains How it’ll Work

During an interview Xbox Australia Product Manager Adam Pollington said that the Xbox One’s DVR feature would automatically record any achievement unlocked on the system.

Today Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning Albert Penello explained that Pollington did not correctly describe the feature, and how it actually works.

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LackTrue4K1629d ago

soooooo......a day ago they said it will, now
it won't?!?!

Dear Microsoft,

your online friend, V3NOMOSO

GamerzElite1629d ago

Again PR Fail... Learn from past M$.

darthv721629d ago

so it does do what it said but is more developer controlled instead of across the board.

good to know.

hakeem09961629d ago

How is that a Fail ? he wasn't wrong ,just didn't explain things right. if the publishers allows it ,the game will indeed record you achievements .
Not all achievements can be recorded ,we knew that already when we heard of it .

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miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1629d ago (Edited 1629d ago )

Let me guess. First two post on here from guys not even buying an X1.

Gamingcapacity1629d ago

MS not done anything wrong. It will still record achievements but only the ones the developers sets. This is actually better and will capture unique moments instead of every unlock.

Albert is just clearing things up which is cool.

malokevi1629d ago

"pr fail"

My god... just shut up, will you?

UnholyLight1629d ago


100% agreed.
The internet and the way it has swayed people on Sony/Microsoft has been really amusing. Can anyone think for themselves anymore??

I'll take em both on launch day ;)

malokevi1629d ago

You and me both, brother.

Bigpappy1629d ago

That's what Albert Penello is there for. He is the guy you want to listen to when he speaks. He actually knows everything there is to know about X1.

vigilante_man1629d ago

They are victims of their own past failures and 180s. If you change your mind so much about a product in such a short space of time it is human nature for those around to make mistakes. Not a big deal on its own.

People will watch more closely for MS to slip up again because they have done so too many times recently.

Lets all calm down, especially my fellow PS4 friends, and look forward to our next gen greatness that awaits us all. It is now time to get excited!!

Mega241628d ago


I wish I had the money for that too, but I'm leaning towards the One just for Forza 5 and TitanFall... I just wish for a damn $1000 lol.

UnholyLight1628d ago


Yeah, it's a lot of money but I don't wanna be left out this go around. I love Killzone but I never owned a PS3..but I got very close to buying one at least three times but decided to just wait it out. And come on, DriveClub looks AMAZING.

I also managed to pick up a pretty good paying job over the summer (I'm a university student!)

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Yeah that's good advise coming from someone with a KZ avatar.

SCW19821629d ago

Nice try but that's not a Killzone Avatar.

MiHX21629d ago

The Killzone face looks like a robot with laser eyes.

mxrider21991629d ago

lols epic fail not even kz LOLS

PickAShoe1628d ago

So if he want to comment on N4G, he has to have multiplatform game avatar? lol

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Abriael1629d ago (Edited 1629d ago )

Eh, in a big company it's kinda normal that mid/low level executives from a peripheral region don't have the right information. It shouldn't happen, but it does, and not just at microsoft.

iamnsuperman1629d ago (Edited 1629d ago )

but, as of late, it really seems to be a major problem for Microsoft. It is like these executives don't understand what they have or how you communicate with the public (two important things). I expect the odd wrong information here and there (human nature) but this is just another in a long list of examples where some executives have been talking about the Xbox One and got it wrong. They need to clamp down on this and I am surprised they haven't already

edit @Abriael below comment: I agree which is why they need to be extra careful

Abriael1629d ago

@iamnsuperman: to be fair they're also under heavier scrutiny than the average corp, so their mistakes tend to be more visible :D

OrangePowerz1629d ago (Edited 1629d ago )

Phil Harrison isn`t really a mid/low level exec from a remote country and he gave information that was not fully correct like some other higher ranked execs from the US like giving wrong information on what`s the resolution a game is running in.

Or you know announcing that all pre orders get Fifa as long as supply last instead of giving the correct information that it only applies to the day one edition.

n4rc1629d ago

The constant clarification is likely due to the group hellbent on tarnishing xboxs reputation...

Such simple features or policies get ripped apart and spun as a huge negative by the masses.. So the need to set the record straight on virtually everything they have ever said in a passing fashion..

Things seem common sense or obvious.. But nothing is when it comes to Xbox anymore... Need to spell out everything to keep rumors in check

DragonKnight1629d ago

@n4rc: There's no group hell bent on doing to Microsoft what they do the best to themselves. They don't need help to look bad.

n4rc1629d ago

They don't look bad.. That's my whole point!

Its you people that hold this image.. Not the actual buyers of the product..

When something as trivial as when the auto dvr kicks in... Who really gives a crap? Does it even matter one way or the other?

If sony says something thats even 1% inaccurate, everyone lets its slide... Wr know what they meant kinda thing..

But with xbox... Thr most basic and trivial info gets ripped apart by people trying to read between the lines, looking for how microsoft is going to secretly ruin gaming..

Its sad.. But meaningless as those on board could care less what others think especially when we see the opposite... And the brainless masses dont pay attention to internet crusaders..

So who is all this bickering really for? I have a feeling its just to make people feel better about not choosing it..

DragonKnight1628d ago

They don't look bad? Do you need a listing of all the bonehead moves and things they have said up to this point about the Xbox One? They don't look bad. That's funny n4rc.

Death1628d ago

To be honest, I have no intention of picking up a PS4 anytime soon which is mostly due to the "fans" I see everyday on N4G. I have no interest in running into most of these people online. Before you jump the gun, I own a launch 60 gig PS3, PSVita, PSP (launch model), multiple PS2's and original Playstations. I'm sure I'll get a PS4 when more games come out that I like or when a friend or two pick one up, but I'm not holding my breath.

As for Microsoft's tarnished image, that lives in the dreams of Playstation fans more than anything.

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Kingthrash3601629d ago

soooo does this count as a 180? o.O

XB1_PS41629d ago

It still does it, it's just when the Developer tells it to now.

hesido1628d ago

C'mon guys, this is not a 180 or a PR failure. It just makes sense to reserve this for specific achievements: It's quite probable that you won't be doing anything interesting when you get the "Spend 2 hours total in the mountain" achievement, as opposed to "Do 2 flips after wall jumping" achievement.

It just doesn't make sense to specifically record every achievement, and actually this is exactly what I thought when I heard it originally, that the devs would need to decide what to record.

xKugo1629d ago

Man it's been awhile since we had a fresh batch of 180 from Microsoft. Glad to see it's back to it's old self.... LMAO

XB1_PS41629d ago

Wow, this isn't a 180.. It still has this feature, it just needs to be implemented by the developer..

CrossingEden1629d ago

Try reading more than just the title next time. -_-

ALLWRONG1629d ago

"Try reading more than just the title next time"

That happens a lot here.

Eonjay1629d ago

Its almost the exact opposite thing that was "officially" announced less than a day ago.

darthv721629d ago

The exact opposite would be that it doesnt do it...AT ALL. No if and or but.

however, in this case, it is clarifying that it does the auto record but at the discretion of the developers.

the title makes it out to be less flattering than it is. perhaps it would make sense if worded as:

"Xbox One's DVR Will Automatically Record Achievements At Developers Option."

Eonjay1629d ago

That isn't the definition of Automatic

Gekko361629d ago

@Eonjay Actually if you read his statement, Automatically mean automation which it is and does.

Symantics matter my friend!

If you don't want and Xbox One, don't buy one. Leave the Xbox One forums alone and enjoy your Praystation.

donman11629d ago

Why is this surprising to anyone at this point. Since the E3 this year Microsoft have been talking out of both sides of their mouth. This has to be the worse PR nightmare in gaming history since the release of a console after E3.

And in other more relevant news: Gameranx: "Sony has made a group of disabled gamers happy at the EBGames Expo."

Sony just keep on riding the wave of great PR moves and positive energy leading to their release date.

showtimefolks1629d ago

i am just ready for these consoles to launch, some of you are over expecting. Give it some time, we will get many updates within first 12 months to improve many aspects of both systems

maybe i am not using the word over expecting the right way, these companies shouldn't over promise only to under deliver

but the prospect of what these consoles will do a year from launch is great, from cloud gaming to Gaikai cloud streaming service

also every articles its fanboys arguments, can we please just get along fr once? competition is great for growth of business, sony delivered so much because xbox360/ms put a lot of pressure on sony so now sony seems to have done more right so MS most likely will try to deliver more often than before

just be gamers, oh ms said this or sony said that, we wanted next gen consoles and now we are getting them, just be patience. with every new product comes potential and it takes some time for everything to work properly

Hufandpuf1629d ago

They definitely are over expecting. Now I can't speak for the PS4, but in my hands on with the Xbox One, it just felt like an upgrade to the Xbox 360 in terms of gameplay mechanics and such. I did not get hands on time with the kinect functionality or the dashboard options (though I did get a peek when the Ryse game crashed to the dash, but the rep said the UI wasn't final)

Other than the fact that the software wasn't final, it wasn't really much different other than improved graphics and smooth gameplay. The one MAJOR gripe I had with the new system is the fact of it's lack of Anti-Aliasing.

I think that once the consoles are out there, the people thinking that it's going to be a huge leap like the PS2 to PS3 are going to experience a letdown in some way.

showtimefolks1629d ago


i don't think so, i think we will see 60FPS 1080P a lot more often than not with next gen titles. which is a huge difference from 30FOPS and sometimes 720P

its brand new tech, give it some time

for me personally i will get a ps4 but not at launch, i have one pre ordered but i don't see anything on ps4 or xbox one that says buy me now.

infamous 2nd son
the order 1886
witcher 3
the division

ms said they have 12 exclusives in 1st year

sony said 15

so we should be seeing them soon enough. I plan to pick ps4 and hopefully xbox one too by next march-april, now if there is a can't miss bundle sooner than that than i am game

launch lineups for both systems are 100 times better than past consoles but there isn't one killer game on either console launching day one for me personally(its just my opinion, for other they may have many games they are excited to play)

n4rc1629d ago

While I'd say the same can be said about ps4 (gotta be fair) I do agree this gen is really an incremental bump..

Every other generation had a major jump in technology... With the advent of HD coming around with current gen..

These machines really are ps3.5 and xbox 540 (i guess lol)

But thats all we needed... Games are still pretty awesome but yhr hardware was making it too expensive to develop the game we all want and expect..

Trekster_Gamer1629d ago

I am sure there will be an occasional updates for the XB1... And if Sony follows the same trend they will have many times the updates as MS trying to keep up!

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colonel1791629d ago

LOL! This is getting funny! Microsoft keeps doing 180s for everything! It doesn't even matter if you are a fanboy or not, they just can't get a break!

Death1628d ago

How is this a 180? If it was announced that achievements were automatically recorded yesterday and today they said they weren't it would be a 180. They are saying the recording is automatic but at the discretion of the developer. Isn't it kind of nice to get this kind of clearification? Microsoft is actively monitoring the gaming community and issuing statements that clearify features. Please tell us again how this is a bad thing?

Sony has been much less open about many things issuing open statements and simply saying their features will come out at a later date. I have no idea how Gaikai is going to work, what it will cost or when it will launch. HDMI capture won't work at launch now, when will it be available? Will my "free" games from Plus work on the PS4?

TechMech21629d ago (Edited 1629d ago )

Why does Microsoft have to make every body who wants an Xbox one question their purchase every single day? I envy the playstation fans. At least their company gives a crap about them...

Tapioca Cold1629d ago

You bedwetters can all go cry and whine now. A product won't do miracles for you.

Now let's argue about which is better: Microsoft or Sony

BallsEye1629d ago

learn to stop taking n4g rumors as facts.

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kupomogli1628d ago

Doesn't Xbox One always record the last seven minutes? So once you receive an achievement, you could save the past seven minutes and edit it down to when you got the achievement if you want to put it on Youtube or something.

ambientFLIER1628d ago

"soooooo......a day ago they said it will, now
it won't?!?!"

He made a mistake in describing EXACTLY how the feature works. Try reading the article next time before blowing things out of proportion and leaving a troll comment condemning MS as a whole...

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OrangePowerz1629d ago

How come MS always needs two tries to get their message right? It`s like they never made a console before and are new to it.

Abriael1629d ago

well, they didn't "make" the original Xbox and the 360 lol.

XB1_PS41629d ago

Huh? Microsoft didn't make those? I'm confused. Are you high?

OrangePowerz1629d ago

Well the original one was practically a pimped up DreamCast in my opinion :)

Abriael1629d ago

@XB1_PS4: the design of the original xbox and the 360 was outsourced. It wasn't made in house at Microsoft.

Dlacy13g1629d ago

Glad to see this wont be every cheevo but rather something more controlled and my guess limited to the really special ones or those that are spectacular to watch.

christocolus1629d ago

"This is actually quite a lot better than the
automatic recording of any and all achievements,
as developers can most probably find more
creative and interesting ways to use the
console’s DVR than just saving a clip every time
the usual achievement pop up appears"

totally agree...nice to know.

r211629d ago

Ah, so its up to the developers then. You all need to back down on the MS hate, this seems like a very cool feature to have on consoles.

Dee_Cazo1628d ago (Edited 1628d ago )

Youre asking a bunch of pubescent 14 year olds to be rational human beings on the internet.

You are very brave.

r211628d ago

Really is a shame to see fanboys squabble and hate when progress is happening for consoles featurewise. Ah well, thats n4g/internet for ya.

hankmoody1628d ago

Didn't you know? Hating on the Xbox One is the new black.

Dee_Cazo1628d ago

The biggest shame is that the lot of them are probably way older than 14.