Xbox One DVR Requires Gold Subscription

Xbox One DVR will require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to use.

As fans of the Street Fighter movie meme would say, “Of course!” Xbox One will allow gamers to record gameplay and post it online, but there’s a catch. You will need to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Now before anyone gets all angry at Microsoft again, we should remind you that Xbox Live has always kept most of its online capabilities behind a paywall. If you wanted to watch YouTube, Hulu, or even Netflix with your Xbox 360, you had to have a Gold subscription. If you wanted to play any of your games online, you had to have a Gold subscription. If you wanted to even use the regular internet with your Xbox … that’s right, you needed to have a Gold subscription. It’s really nothing new.

In order to facilitate the Xbox One DVR sharing of gameplay footage, recorded clips are limited to five minutes of 720p resolution at 30 frames per second. Of course, if you want more options, you can still use gameplay capture devices via HDMI, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. It’s the native DVR options that you’ll need to pay to use.

You can still download games digitally to your Xbox One, possibly including the DRM restrictions that Microsoft seems poised to put back in place eventually, without needing a Gold subscription.

Once again, nearly everything aside from buying games digitally will require an Xbox Live Gold subscription if you wish to use the Xbox One for anything online, so the requirement needed to use Xbox One DVR is really no surprise.

All in all, this could be a good time to just give in and subscribe to Xbox Live Gold, since it will unlock nearly everything else you’ll use your Xbox One for online. Of course the TV streaming feature may require a completely different bill on the side, so there is one thing a Gold subscription won’t give you on the Xbox One.

What do you think of the Xbox One DVR requiring a Gold subscription?

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