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PlayStation 4’s Game Recording Feature is Free, Xbox One’s is Not

by Joey Davidson | August 8, 2013August 8, 2013 6:00 am PST

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Both of the next generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft feature an element of game recording and sharing built into their respective operating systems. Players will essentially be able to instantly record and post gameplay moments to their favorite online outlets.

News broke yesterday that, much like everything else on the console, the ability to record game footage on the Xbox One lies behind the Xbox LIVE Gold paywall. That means players will need to drop an additional $60 a year, at MSRP, in order to gain access to this feature.

Today, Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, clarified on Twitter that the PlayStation 4’s game DVR feature will be part of what players get when they buy the console. Own a PlayStation 4? Good, you won’t need PlayStation Plus in order to record your gameplay footage. Here are two instances of direct, concise interaction that lead to the news.

It’s almost like Sony is waiting for Microsoft to announce a stance on a given feature before they jump out and clarify their own cheaper, friendlier or free model. The Xbox One is $100 more expensive than the PlayStation 4 at launch, requires a Kinect and hides most of its community and video features behind a paywall.

We’ll have more on both consoles as it comes.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...