Albert Penello Clarifies Xbox One HDD Management, DVR Recording Only 30 Seconds and Day One Patch

"With the worldwide launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft is now busier than ever dealing with errors, hardware issues and other queries that need clarifying. Lead for planning on Xbox 360, Xbox One and Kinect Albert Penello recently answered questions regarding a number of topics."


To clarify: The Xbox One is constantly buffering five minutes of whatever you're playing. If you want to capture a short, 30 second clip then you can say "Xbox, Record That". The maximum length of a DVR clip is five minutes but you need to snap Game DVR and manually record it. The maximum clip length for the Xbox One's DVR is NOT 30 seconds.

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Dlacy13g1670d ago

Well its good to see the HDD clarification even though I assumed that was how it would be handled. As for the DVR stuff I thought that was readily known.

Eonjay1669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

Yeah 30 seconds. 5 minutes with snap Game DVR and you can then merge clips in video studio. PS4 definitely has a better DVR though because you don't have to start it... it is always recording. That way, if something catches you by surprise, you wont miss it.

Blackdeath_6631669d ago

yes we've known that for some time now i think

Gridloc1669d ago

Kind of a bummer that you don't have a full screen to play when recording. Hope they change that.

PoSTedUP1669d ago

@eonjay- yeah the only time i ever want to record something is when im not recording it. the truly incredible moments happen when you least expect them.

UltimateMaster1669d ago

At first it was 5 minutes, then they said there wasn't a limit, now it's 30 seconds.
OH yeah, everyone wants to quit their current game just record a certain gaming footage.
In game, they can only record 30 second.
For the 5 minutes, they need to exit the game and start a manual recording... so much for kinect, huh.
I think I'll stick with the easy Share Button or External Capture Card.

gaffyh1669d ago

I KNEW IT! I knew it was only a 30 second auto-DVR, but they used misdirection and said it was 5 minute DVR (not mentioning the fact that you have to do it manually). On the other hand, PS4 has a 15 minute auto-DVR. I can see why they didn't want to mention it.

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thisismyaccount1669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

Let me see, with the PS4 you get up to 15min footage by using the share button. On the XB1 you get up to 30 seconds only, for more than 30s you have (i assume) to pause the game (to avoid getting killed) and start/snap in the DVR via voicecommands...

How intuitive is this ¿? Someone who brags about their pedigree (Windows, DX) can not do a better job? If you watch the 15min YT that floating around.. looks like not even the Kinect seems to work at all.

And now... these "Scammers" have the audacity to spit on every early "adopter" for beta testing the unit:

"Microsoft to launch new version of Xbox One in 1Q14"

Dlacy13g1669d ago

yeah kinda like all of a sudden there is a PS4 & Vita bundle coming that people were asking for way back when yet that news mysteriously gets held back until after the N. American launch. Guess there is plenty of "scamming" to go around.

UltimateMaster1669d ago

It says in the update you can't tell kinect to do that. Yes, you do need to exit what you're doing.

Alternatively, the PS4 always records the last 15 minutes in the background, pressing the share button simply stores that footage on the HDD or online.

Bathyj1669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

Ha, yeah Dlacy having something awesome like a Vita bundle but not talking about it til launch is totally the same as having a touted feature be hamstrung and not talking about til launch.

As long as youre reaching can you get me a beer?

forcefullpower1670d ago

I though it was a full 5 mins of recording??

ShowGun9011670d ago

there are 2 different types of recording, one for 30sec, one for 5min. its a different app for the 5min one, that you snap to.

forcefullpower1669d ago

Shame you can't choose what length you want to auto record for.

ShinMaster1669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

5 minutes if you pre-planned things and have Game DVR "snapped". Otherwise it's 30 seconds.

Odd, considering PS4 records 15 minutes no matter what. Probably because features like this are built into the system so there's no need to "snap".

mhunterjr1670d ago

What's so funny? 30s is the clip you get with the "xbox record that"'s perfect for automatically capturing highlights. If you want the entire 5 min buffer, you just open the dvr app.

thisismyaccount1669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

It´s funny... because we´re talking about less than a minute of what? of footage. If you want more, you have to snap in that dvr c--p and play Ryse in Window Mode (720p?).

Serioulsy... why cant they not use the xbox button to start a recording, as simple as that? PS4 can do it, others can... XB1 can´t.

But that´s is what happens when you put your focus on APPS!

stiggs1670d ago


Another ignorant comment from someone who didn't read the article. Nice job.

Livecustoms1669d ago

How do you know i didnt read the article ? ARE YOU A KINECT !?!?!?!

stiggs1669d ago


So you read the article and chose to focus on the "limitations" of the 30 second quick record mode while completely ignoring the full DVR mode?

OK, that makes you look SO much better.

AlexanderStarr1669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

Yeah kinda suck for those who don't have capture devices. it should be like the PS4 and record 15mins regardless if you wanted it or not

@stiggs the DVR feature is pointless because you have to plan everything and do it within 5mins.. if you go on a killing spree that lasted longer than 30secs you'll be screwed

Bolts-N-Rays11091669d ago

No. The DVR is always recording. It only saves the last 5 minutes. If you go on a mad killing spree that last 30+ seconds you just snap the game Dvr and grap up to the last 5 minutes, instead of just saying Xbox, record that. That only takes the last 30 seconds.

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ShowGun9011670d ago

wow, i thought 15min wasn't enough honestly... 5min just sucks LOL (not even long enough for an epic COD match!)

Detoxx1669d ago

"epic COD match!"


JustInTlME1670d ago

Wait….so I can't find anything that will even tell me my available space on my HDD?! (feeling insecure in buying both consoles now…)

BlackTar1871669d ago

you can see how much you have on ps4

USMC_POLICE1670d ago

So I'm confused 30 sec or 5 min?

ShowGun9011670d ago

both, its just the 5min on is on an app you have to snap to.

Dlacy13g1670d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

its both... you can say record that to just auto snag the last 30 secs into a small clip or you can open DVR and get the last 5 min or tell it to record the next 5 min.

Edit: LOL... love that I got a disagree for posting what it really is. Stay classy N4G!

CramShaft1669d ago

That is correct...a lot of people disagree with facts around here. It's not the context of what was said, but what faction they presume you belong to. Sometimes N4G is like a high school popularity contest in the comment section.

Side note: bubble for being helpful

mhunterjr1669d ago

It automatically the last five minutes of gameplay. It will create a 30second clip from that five minutes if you use the "xbox record that" command to capture a quick highlight. If you want to save a longer clip, you use the dvr app.

thisismyaccount1669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

"Xbox record that" ~while you´re playing (30 seconds only)

"Xbox snap in DVR" ~pause the game (300 seconds) and wait for it to pop up if the cr-p even works. After that :

"Xbox record that" .... Lets assume you are in front of a boss battle in DR3.

If you want that on "tape", you have to pause first (boss spot before the actual fight starts), launch DVR , wait for it and start recodring... all this stress for what? A most likely an unfinished footage of you kiting a boss for 5min... that endures for over 8min or so ? "AW man! Missed those 3mins!"

No matter how you try to justify this, its a complete failure. The PS4 records everything, fight the boss and hit share afterwards and share it without stupid voicecommands (3am XBOX DVR!.. who wan´ts to do that shit at that hour?)

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