Confirmed: Xbox One Can Only Record 5 Minutes Of Gameplay

Microsoft giving out mixed messages regarding the Xbox One? Surely not! But alas it is, once again, true.

During his Eurogamer Expo talk, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Phil Harrison, told the attendees that gamers could record “as much or as little as they want” using the consoles gameplay record function.

The news that the previously announced five minute limit had been lifted was reported extensively but now Microsoft has responded to Phil’s statement and have said his comments “were taken out of context.”

“We are committed to giving gamers the ability to produce high quality videos easily and quickly,” a Microsoft representative told Game Informer. “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.”

Any five minute videos that gamers do capture will only be shareable on Xbox Live when the console launches, sharing via YouTube and Facebook will follow “next year”.

Source: Game Informer



  1. This has to go down in gaming history as the most inept launch ever.

    • I’m late to this discussion and have sod all constructive to add, only that your Avatar suddenly reminded me of being 8 and stunned at what games could do.

      Thanks for the sweet nostalgia trip!

  2. Surely he just meant you can record as many 5 minute sections as you want? I think people are just looking for anything to make another “oh its mixed messages again” out of.

  3. I reckon it’s only five minutes of recorded game-time video because the Kinect is recording in room video and streaming it back to NSA.

  4. 5 minutes is perfectly fine, I wouldnt sit around watching a 15 minute video of someone else playing, nor would I scan through 15 minutes of my own footage just to find the WOAH moment in my gameplay. This is basically your own personal taste, for some 5 minutes is plenty but for others they prefer longer videos. For a few 15 minutes is gods gift simply because its on PS4 and is longer than Xbox One’s recording cap.

  5. Can youtubers etc still record externally or is hdcp enabled? If it is, this is a major problem for Microsoft.

  6. When will the Xbox One stop getting bad news, it just keeps on feeling like its worse.

    • Microsoft have run the question through the Xbox One’s logic processes and the answer to “When will the Xbox One stop receiving bad news?” is ‘Coconut’.

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