Xbox One users will be able to share their gameplay on any social media or video sharing site through SkyDrive, it has been announced.
SkyDrive, for those not familiar with the name, is Microsoft’s cloud storage application. It currently performs functions such as storage of a whole host of files such as videos and documents, always available for recovery from any device that has access to SkyDrive.
SkyDrive for Xbox One works with the built-in Game DVR to allow players to create video content however they want, with no restrictions on where they can share it to.
Through the use of the console’s Game DVR, players can record up to five minutes of gameplay footage by snapping the application to the side of the game, or quickly record the last 30 seconds of gameplay by simply saying “Xbox, record that.” Once the footage is recorded, players can either hit the DVR notification or say “Xbox, go to Upload Studio” and Xbox One will seamlessly switch to the Upload Studio.
From there, players can edit the footage through use of skins, picture-in-picture and even voice-over commentary before finalising the video and rendering. Once rendering is complete, users are then presented with the option of sharing the video to Xbox Live, or to upload it to SkyDrive.
Once the video is uploaded, it can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and PC’s, from which the files can be edited professionally and uploaded to whichever site the user wishes.
Additionally announced today was some news about Twitch’s streaming features for Xbox One.
On launch, players will not be able to stream their games to Twitch.tv.
Microsoft has this to say about the news:
“We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too. We are working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community, so while this feature won’t be available right away, we’ll let you know as soon as it is ready. Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014.“
The Twitch app will, however, still be available on launch for Xbox One owners. Using this app, players will be able to view Twitch livestreams, snap the app to the side of a game and watch while they play, and even unlock some achievements!
Ten achievements will be available for users to unlock through the Twitch app, including:
- Night Owl – Watch Twitch through the night.
- Standing Room Only – Watch a Twitch livestream simultaneously with at least 100,000 other users.
- Newcomer – Watch one hour of live video.
- Competitive – Watch ten hours of live video.
- Best Viewer – Watch 100 hours of live video.
- Hipster – Watch one hour of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers.
- Talent Scout – Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers.
- Max Bandwidth – Watch a single channel on Twitch for more than eight hours consecutively.
- Around The Clock – Watch at least one minute of live video on Twitch in each hour of a full day.
- Prime Time – Watch a total of 10 hours of live video on Twitch between peak viewing hours from 7:30 to 11:30 pm, on a weekday.
Xbox One is launching this Friday, November 22nd, for $499 in 13 countries worldwide.