Key Xbox One features limited to Xbox Live Gold subscribers
It seems as though the hits just keep coming for Microsoft’s next
generation game console as it was recently revealed that a number of Xbox One
features will be limited to Xbox Live Gold members only. Specifically,
features like SmartMatch, Skype, Xbox One’s TV Guide and perhaps most
importantly, the Game DVR, won’t be accessible unless you’re a paying
The restrictions were first reported by One Hit Pixel after they noticed them on an Xbox Live features page. A follow-up message with Microsoft confirmed the fact that Game DVR won’t be available to non-Gold members.
The Game DVR feature looked promising from the outset as it would
record gameplay in the background as you played. This video could then
be uploaded to the web to share with others, similar to Sony’s Share
feature on the PlayStation 4. There are, however, a number of notable differences between the two platforms.
It was recently revealed that Microsoft’s DVR implementation would be
limited to just five minutes of record time. Furthermore, clips recorded
on the Xbox One are limited to 720p quality at 30 frames per second.
For comparison, Sony’s solution allows a user to record up to 15 minutes
of footage and isn’t limited to paying customers.
Despite all of the limitations, missteps and changes of course, Microsoft isn’t having much trouble with pre-orders
as the console (as well as the PS4) continue to sell out at various
online retailers. If you want a next-gen console this holiday season,
you’d better reserve one sooner rather than later as they’ll likely be
sold out very soon until early next year.