Microsoft’s Marc Whitten has recently confirmed that the Xbox One’s touted “Game DVR” functionality will not take advantage of full-HD picture, but instead will only record in 720p at 30 fps.
“[Xbox One's] Game DVR captures beautiful clips at 720p 30fps,” Whitten told IGN.
Since some games–like Forza 5–have been touted to run in full 1080p at 60 fps, gamers who record their footage with the Xbox One’s Game DVR will notice a reduction in quality–which might not be so slight, despite Whitten’s promises of “beautiful clips”.
This goes hand-in-hand with the console’s ability to record the last five minutes of gameplay, whereas Sony’s PS4 console appears to be able to capture the last seven minutes of gameplay.
“It’s called Project Upload. So the idea is you’re always recording,” Microsoft Studios creative director Ken Lobb told GameSpot at Comic-Con.
“So we have a ring buffer game DVR, basically. So the last five minutes of any game you’re playing is always being stored locally on your hard drive.”
It’s uncertain how severe the reduction will be in terms of visual fidelity, and it will be interesting to see instances of in-game footage for Forza 5 captured with the Xbox One’s digital video recorder in order to compare to 1080p gameplay footage.
In any case, titles that natively run at 720p should be captured just fine with the Game DVR, however Microsoft’s campaign in focusing on “blistering” 60 fps rates may work against the DVR’s capture limitations.
There will likely be more coverage on the Xbox One’s DVR capabilities and other console features revealed during this month’s Gamescom show or during the Tokyo Game Show next month in September.