The PS4 will use a dedicated hardware encoder to continually record the last fifteen minutes of gameplay footage.
Confirmed by Neil Brown, Head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, not only will PS4 gamers be able to review the last fifteen minutes of gameplay footage, but they will be able to use the dedicated share button on the DualShock 4 controller to record specific moments.
The Xbox One features a similar gameplay DVR, but it will only record the last five minutes of gameplay rather than the quarter of an hour offered by its Sony rival.
Xbox One gamers can quickly get the Microsoft console to capture gameplay footage by saying “Xbox, record that”. That will get the console to record the last 30 seconds of gameplay.
“It’s called ‘Project Upload’,” said Ken Lobb, Microsoft Creative Director. “So the idea is that you’re always recording. We have a ring buffer DVR basically, so the last five minutes of any game you’re playing is always being stored locally on your hard drive.”
Gamers can also edit their gameplay footage using the Xbox One, with the console’s array of video editing tools, which encompasses highlights reels, voiceovers and piece to camera section using the Xbox One Kinect.
“We have things, basically a wrapper, so you can put up something that comes before and after,” added Lobb. “The [example] video we showed said ‘Best of Evo’, and you can also if you’d like, [add] voiceover and even put in some stuff from the Kinect camera, do picture-in-picture.”
PS4 gamers will also be able to edit their gameplay footage, and both next-generation consoles will allow users to stream their proudest moments online.
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