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How to Record Steam Gameplay

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Jan 13, 22, updated Jul 17, 24

If you play games on your computer, you are likely using the Steam platform to play your video games. Steam is an online platform where video games reside, and you need to launch Steam platform to launch any Steam games. If you want to record gameplay on any Steam game, you have to get a legitimate Steam game recorder. Not all screen recorder works with Steam games especially online screen recorders.

Moreover, there are some screen recorders that can record Steam gameplay, but they affect the performance, and games show lag. Besides, some of these recorders fail to record Steam gameplays at high resolution and at standard frame rate. In this article, we are going to illustrate how to record Steam gameplay with the best gameplay recorders.

Way 1. Record Steam Games with Filmora

The best recorder for Steam record gameplay is Wondershare Filmora. The desktop application is available for Windows and Mac users. It is a premium gameplay recorder and its video editor is perfect for gamers and professional video editing. Therefore, you can not only record Steam gameplay but also edit out the recording to make it eye-catching and interesting. Here are the steps on how to record Steam gameplay.

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Step 1: Download and install Wondershare Filmora as per your operating system. Launch the application and click on New Project option.

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Step 2: Go to Record > Record PC Screen option.

Step 3: Select the recording screen size as well as audio sources to record gameplay audio as well as your commentary if you prefer. In fact, you can even record your webcam alongside if you want.

Step 4: Click on the Record button and you will get a few seconds to open Steam platform and start the desired game. Otherwise, you can start your game and press F9 to start recording any time you feel.

Step 5: Press F9 again on your keyboard to stop recording Steam record gameplay.

Way 2. Record Steam Games with Windows Game Bar

If you do not want to install any desktop software, you can use Windows Game Bar which comes pre-installed on Windows 10. However, we should warn you that Windows Game bar can slow down the game performance in certain cases. It is completely free to use and you can even capture screenshots. Besides, there are various settings and configurations available to record the gameplay as per your requirements. Here are the steps on how to record Steam gameplay with Windows game Bar.

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Step 1: Press Windows + G keys to open Windows Game Bar on your screen.

Step 2: Open Steam game that you want to play and record. Press Windows + Alt + R keys together to start recording your gameplay.

Step 3: To stop recording, press Windows + Alt + R together again.

Step 4: You will find the recorded video under Widgets > Gallery section.

Way 3. Record Steam Games with OBS Studio

OBS Studio is not just useful in live streaming Steam games but also for Steam record gameplay. OBS Studio is available free of cost and there are advanced settings and configurations available. That is why many professional gamers prefer it over premium screen and video recorders. There is no doubt that the user interface is not that simple and hence, the steps are slightly complicated. Here are the steps you need to follow minutely to record your Steam gameplay.

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Step 1: Download and install OBS Studio. Launch OBS and from Sources tab, click on “+” icon. Select Game Capture from the menu.

Step 2: Label your game capture session and click on OK button.

Step 3: Choose Capture any fullscreen application option from Mode. Click on OK and your Game Capture session will appear under Sources.

Step 4: Open your Steam game and you will see the game on the OBS window. Click on Start Recording button and go back to the game and start playing. The recording will go on in the background.

Step 5: Once you are done playing, come back to OBS Studio and click on Stop Recording.

Way 4. Record Steam Games with Fraps

If you are using an older version of Windows such as Windows 7, Fraps is perfect for Steam record gameplay. It is a basic gameplay recorder and you cannot expect more for a software that supports only Windows 7 and lower versions. However, it gets the job of recording Steam gameplay done perfectly. Here are the steps on how to record Steam gameplay for older Windows versions.

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Step 1: Download Fraps on your Windows computer. Install the software and launch it.

Step 2: To record the entire screen, go to General tab and turn on Monitor Aero Desktop option.

Step 3: Go to Movies tab and set the save location, frame rate, audio source and other configurations.

Step 4: Open Steam game and press F9 key to start recording. To stop recording, press the same hotkey.

Way 5. Record Steam Games with FBX

FBX Recorder is popular as a gameplay recorder for its easy-to-use interface. You can make instant clips and screenshots. Most importantly, you can record Steam gameplay continuously and non-stop in the background as you do in DVR mode on certain game consoles. Here are the steps for Steam record gameplay on FBX recorder.

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Step 1: Download and install FBX Recorder. Launch the application and go to Settings.

Step 2: Go to Settings tab and set all the configurations correctly as per requirements.

Step 3: Start your game on Steam and press Ctrl+F12 to start recording your gameplay.

Step 4: When you want to stop recording, press Ctrl+F12 again.

Go to Recordings tab to find the recorded video.


If you love to play on Steam platform and you want to record your Steam gameplay, you have to choose a perfect Steam screen recorder. We have mentioned both free and premium Steam screen recorders so that you can choose as per your requirements. Our recommendation goes with Wondershare Filmora through which you can record Steam gameplay at 4K and edit your recording to publish superior quality videos.

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