Not only are the DVR capabilities of the Playstation 4 superior to that of the Xbox One (it can record 15 minutes versus the 5 minutes the X1 can do), the feature is also free to all PS4 owners, no matter if they subscribe to Playstation Plus or not.
News recently broke that if you want to record your gameplay on the Xbox One, you will need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. Presumably this is because the footage is uploaded to the Xbox Cloud, which isn’t free, and Microsoft need to cover their costs (although why you couldn’t freely save it to the X1 hard-drive as an alternative, we don’t know…).
Anyway, Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, is pretty good at clearing things like this up via Twitter, and did so today. Someone asked him whether the PS4’s recording and streaming features are exclusive to PS+ subscribers and his reply was a very simple “no”.
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) August 8, 2013