Xbox One’s New DVR Feature Requires External Hard Drive


During Microsoft’s Xbox Gamescom conference they announced that Xbox One will soon have DVR functions for over-the-air TV. The Xbox will be capable of recording live TV, scheduling recordings, and best of all, do it all without interrupting your gaming.

There is only one thing to make certain so far though. You will need an external hard drive.

The DVR update is coming as part of the “New Xbox One Experience” which is a revamp of the dashboard on the console. Speaking about the update project lead, Richard Irving, noted that the DVR function will require an external hard drive and will not utilize the system’s internal drive at all.

“You need an external hard-drive specifically for DVR because we want to keep the [storage] paths optimized between playing games and watching TV,” he said. “We don’t want them to interact with each other.”

Along with the hard drive, users will also be required to get a digital TV tuner.

Some good news has come from the meeting too as Microsoft noted to GameSpot that recording can be as high as 1080i, but it is reliant on the signal strength of the TV signal.

Also noted by Microsoft is the ability to utilize Smartglass apps on Windows devices to remotely schedule recordings, you know in case you abruptly remember at work. Another interesting feature is the ability to transfer recorded files to tablets within the home network, which will allow the tablet to play the file offline while out and about, or away from the network. (However Microsoft has noted that the tablet feature will only work with Windows tablets and not Apple or Android devices.)

Overall the external hard drive isn’t really a drawback considering they needed to make it so the shows don’t interfere with the games. By having an external drive they open up a new path for recordings so that data isn’t being transferred to one device. They also make it so your hard drive doesn’t fill up with TV shows instead of video game installs.

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