If you’re wondering if there’s an easy and inexpensive way to record your screen on the Windows operating system, you’ll be pleased to know that it can be done with the free Xbox Game Bar app created by Microsoft. This screen recording method is definitely worth a try before parting with your hardearned cash on expensive screen recording hardware or software.
While buying screen recording systems provides many additional features that can help you customize and enhance your streams or videos. If you’re using Windows 10 or 11, you can use the Windows Xbox Game Bar app for free to record audio and visual copies of everything you do on your computer monitor.
Recording your gameplay
Depending on which version of Windows 10 you’re using, the Microsoft Xbox Screen Recorder app might already be installed on your PC’s operating system. However, if it doesn’t, don’t worry, you can download it directly from the Microsoft Store and install it for free.
To check if you have the Xbox screen recorder app installed on your computer, do a quick search by typing “Xbox app” in the search box near the start. If nothing appears. Go to the official app store.
Once installed, you can use the Xbox Game Bar to record clips of your games with sound, apps running on your screen, or instructions for inclusion in other posts or videos. Microsoft has integrated the Xbox Game Bar into its Windows operating system, making it easy to shoot videos and take screenshots. To do this, while playing a game, simply press the Windows logo key + G on your keyboard to open the application. This can also be done if you are using an Xbox one or Xbox 360 controller connected to your PC. Just press the Xbox button on your controller to launch the app. After downloading, follow the instructions below:
Record Screen in Windows 10 and 11
The processes listed below will work on both older Microsoft Windows 10 operating systems and the latest Windows 11 operating systems.
1. To start screen recording, select the red circle icon “Record from now”. During recording, it will turn into a red square and you will need to click it again to stop the screen recording process.
2. You can also take screenshots by using the “camera icon” while recording to capture still images.
3. If you want to record PC games in full screen mode, please use Windows logo key + Alt + G to start and stop screen recording automatically.
4. Once you’ve recorded your game of choice, you can edit the video on screen by opening the Xbox app and selecting Captures.
Xbox Game Bar screen recording app
Microsoft created the Xbox Game Bar to provide Windows users and Xbox gamers with many features. By simply selecting one of them, it will appear as a widget, allowing you to resize, move, and pin it on the screen during gameplay, making it easier to record gameplay.
The tools included in the Xbox Game Bar also include a widget menu, Settings, Audio, Capture (described above for screen recording), Performance which allows you to track game statistics, Gallery where you can view recorded clips and screenshots, “Spotify”, which allows you to link your Spotify account and listen to music while playing. As well as social features such as Find a Group, Xbox Social, Xbox Achievements, and Xbox Chat that allow you to initiate voice or text conversations in a group or more personally through oneonone conversations.
If you still don’t understand how to use the Xbox Game Bar app, please visit the official Microsoft Xbox support site.