How to enable 1080p Game DVR recording on Xbox One

In the Xbox One fall update, Microsoft has updated Game DVR, the Xbox One's inbuilt gameplay capture application, with various improvements across the board. Following the update, all Xbox One consoles have the option to record at 1080p resolution, meaning a significant bump in clarity can be expected from all future recordings. This offers a significant step up over the previous limitation imposed on Game DVR, which capped gameplay at 720p at 30 frames per second (FPS).

This joins a wide range of features released as a part of the update, including a visual overhaul of the Xbox dashboard themed around the Fluent Design System, a reworked modular Home menu and other changes to the user interface.

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How to enable 1080p Game DVR capture on Xbox One

To record game clips in higher resolution, you'll need to navigate to the Settings app of your console and manually enable the feature. By doing so, it also reduces how long temporarily recorded footage is saved from five minutes, down to two.

  1. Press the Xbox button to open the Guide.
  2. Scroll across to the System tab.
  3. Select All settings.
  4. Scroll down to the Preferences tab.
  5. Choose Broadcast & capture.
  6. Navigate to Game clip resolution.
  7. Select 1080p SDR.

After enabling this option, all footage captured via Game DVR going forward will be recorded at 1080p resolution. To reduce the quality, navigate back into the Settings using the previous steps and select the "720p SDR" option.

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One X console will also gain access to exclusive Game DVR enhancements, with support for 4K resolution, 60 FPS and HDR recordings. Once the console launches, options to configure the console's recording options will assumedly be found under this menu too.

Have you been testing 1080p Game DVR on Xbox One yet? Or are you holding out for the public release this fall? Let us know in the comments section.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

5 Comments
  • Just been playing around with this. Definitely makes a big difference in quality. Well impressed ☺
  • thats cool i doubt i will use it. i rarely use record as it is.
  • Very useful.
  • http://xboxdvr.com/gamer/Kriss%20Hietala/video/36429629 quality didn't improve much.
  • Even though I CAN, it doesn't make sense for me TO record in 4k as a default. Nobody watches my clips ever except me over again to metaphorically pat myself on the back lol. And if people were to watch my 4k clips, it would take too long for it to load for them. Oh and I'm the only person of my acquaintances that has a 4k TV anyway. It's one of those things where it's cool you can do it but probably shouldn't