One of the best third-party tools for Xbox is to make it even easier to manage your clips and screens. XboxDVR is a resource for viewing all of your latest video and video footage. It's the fastest and most convenient way to manage that content because you can handle it seamlessly through a web browser. Now, the XboxDVR team is launching a mobile app to make it even easier to find and share the best gaming moments.
The XboxDVR app is now available on iOS and Android for free. It contains the basic functionality that you expect. If you take a screenshot or video clip on the Xbox One or PC (and have default privacy settings), this content will automatically feed into the XboxDVR. You can then share a link to the clip on the XboxDVR. Alternatively, you can download the image or video to share it wherever you want.
The XboxDVR, the site, has more features than the app. You can sign in to an account, view trending content from other people, and create GIFs. And the XboxDVR team is looking to have more features for the mobile version soon. The idea is to get this initial release and show people that it works and then build it from that point on.
It works well
It is easy to take screenshots on a console. The Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch all make this process almost painless. But I find the act of finding and sharing my photos, and the clips are much more frustrating.
On the Switch and PS4, you need to control the image and video sharing on the consoles themselves. You can take a USB stick between a console and a computer, but … come on. However, Xbox One automatically loads everything in Microsoft's cloud. Now it's not necessarily fantastic either. I don't use OneDrive very much (since I filled up free space), and I think the web-based tool is confusing and slow.
But Microsoft is not trying to keep you in its ecosystem. It allows third parties such as XboxDVR to access all content. And it is possible to say "Xbox, record that" (when I had Kinect hooked) and to see it on XboxDVR.com a few minutes later it was always good.
Having the app even makes the whole process even smoother. Everything you record and record shows, and you get two big buttons for sharing or downloading. It is also posted in a feed that you can browse quickly. It's a well-designed app.
XboxDVR is not only a great experience, it's an argument for platform holders to open up their fenced gardens a bit. This app has no affiliation with Microsoft, but it makes Microsoft products better. And I know the XboxDVR team will do something similar to PlayStation, but Sony has not published the necessary APIs.
So I continue to suffer through gamepad-based keyboards and archaic interfaces on PS4 and Switch. But Sony and Nintendo should know that I curse them every time I can't use something like XboxDVR instead.