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Windows 10’s Game DVR (Game Bar) Complete Guide

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Sep 13, 2021• Proven solutions

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What’s Game DVR?

The Game DVR feature was earlier so popular on Xbox App but today it can be used on Window 10 also. Game DVR assists in automatic video recording of PC Gameplay with background recording mode and save it as per your selection. In case if you do not need to save it then Game DVR simply discards that particular videos and moves to next recording. With this advanced features gamers can keep on playing their videos for hours and as soon as they find an epic scene that they want to share, the recorder allows them to easily save the last five minutes of gameplay.

Note that, Game DVR feature demands high performance CPUs because it needs quality resources. It can slow down the fps rating for slower computer systems. In case if you are not interested to record your gameplay then this feature can be easily disabled by user. This classic graphical interface allows users to record gameplay, capture screenshots and save clips while playing games. Note that, the Game DVR feature stays auto enabled in Window 10 systems so if you do not want to record any video then you have to disable it manually.

How to Use Game DVR to Record Gameplay?

If you are working on Window 10 then you can use Game DVR as built in recording tool for your PC games. This interactive software tool allows users to easily share their recorded game videos on social media sites like YouTube etc. You will be glad to know that Game DVR on Window 10 contains easy keyboard key customization options so that players can easily capture screenshots and record clips.

Here are few simple steps that you need to follow to record Gamplay using Game DVR:

Step 1: Launch Game Bar:

In order to open the Game Bar in between your game, you simply need to hit the window key + G. It will soon create a pop up window on your screen. Note that, it is essential to play PC game in the window mode so that game bar can be accessed on screen. In case if you are not able to find this game bar on screen after pressing Window Key + G then prefer to check settings for windowed mode.

On this Game Bar, you will gain access to all easy to access icons for Xbox App, for capturing screenshot and to initiate background screen recording.

Step 2: Start Gameplay video recording:

When you have launched the game bar then a red button will appear on screen for recording. Hit this button to start recording. As soon as your software begins the recording task, it will start displaying a timer on top right corner of screen.

Step 3: Stop Recording:

When your game is finished and you want to end up the recording task then simply hit the stop button available on window screen.

Note: It is also possible to start and stop the video game recording with the help of Window Key + Alt + R combination. Sometimes users also want to access settings for display and hiding of timer on screen, it can be done using Key + Alt + T.

Capturing a Screenshot using Game DVR:

It is possible to take screenshots using Game Bar by simply hitting the screenshot icon available on it; you will find it on center of the game bar. One can also use the combination Window Key + Alt + Print Screen to capture the screen shot.

Windows automatically saves all screenshots and videos to the captures or videos folder under your user account. You will find videos with .mp4 extension whereas screenshots are stored in .png format. Each file is tagged with time, date and name of the game in the list.

How to Disable Game DVR?

As Window 10 keeps Game DVR feature activated by default but it is not desired by all gamers. This feature can affect system performance up to great extent so it is good to disable it when you actually don’t need it.

Steps to Disable Game DVR:

Game DVR is an essential part of Game Bar that helps to record game videos in background so that any sudden wonderful moment can be saved for future. This recording process works with system resources. If you don’t need Game DVR feature all the time then here are few simple steps to disable this feature:

Step 1: Simply right click on the start button.

Step 2: Now move to settings option.

Step 3: Hit Gaming option.

Step 4: It is time to move to Game DVR feature.

Step 5: You will find a switch below option “Record in the background while I’m playing a game”; simply turn it off so that auto recording facility can be disabled.

Steps to Disable Game Bar:

In case if you don’t even want to see Game Bar on your screen while playing your favourite game then follow these steps to disable it:

Step 1: Hit the Start button with right click.

Step 2: Go to settings option.

Step 3: Move to Gaming option.

Step 4: Now move to Game Bar feature.

Step 5: It will show you a switch below “record game clips, screenshots and broadcast using Game Bar” option; turn it off.

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Max Wales
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