How to Record Gameplay on PC in 4 Ways

Posted by Nick Orin on Jun 28, 2022 6:00 PM
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It is common that you can view lots of gameplay videos on the internet, like game reviews, live stream video games, gaming tutorials, gaming walkthroughs, how-to videos, etc. And many of you also want to post your recorded gameplays to share with others. Then here comes the question, do you know how to record gameplay videos without quality loss?

Don't be worried. That's why this article exists. In this article, we will present some effective ways for you to learn how to record gameplay on PC without quality loss and lagging. Please keep reading.

Part 1: How to Record Gameplay on PC with Windows 10 Built-in Program
Part 2: How to Record Gameplay on a PC via TunesKit Screen Recorder
Part 3: How to Record Gameplay on PC for Free
Part 4: How to Record Console Gameplay on PC with Capture Card
Part 5: Conclusion

Part 1: How to Record Gameplay on PC with Windows 10 Built-in Program

For Windows 10 and 11 users, the easiest way to record gameplay is to use the built-in recording program, the Xbox Game Bar. It has several widgets for screen recording, screenshots, game monitoring, chat with Xbox community, and more. You can open it at any time by pressing "Win+G" even if you already have the game open. But you need to note that it does not support recording the main desktop interface and some non-game windows.

How to Record Gameplay on a PC with Xbox Game Bar

Step 1: Launch the game you want to record. Then press the Win + G key on your keyboard.

Step 2: If you want to adjust the recording, you can go to Setting > Gaming, and set the configuration.

Step 3: After you launch the Xbox Game Bar, click on the Record button and it will start recording the gameplay immediately. Once you've finished, click on the Stop button to end the recording.

Step 4: The recorded gameplay video will be saved in the Gallery. You can also tap the folder icon to locate the File Explorer to get the gameplay video file.

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Part 2: How to Record Gameplay on a PC via TunesKit Screen Recorder

As you know, Xbox Game Bar can only record gameplay for up to 4 hours and does not come with an editor, which means you have to use additional software to edit the recorded gameplay video. In this case, we now recommend you a 2-in-1 screen recorder, which is TunesKit Screen Recorder.

TunesKit Screen Recorder can be considered one of the most powerful screen recording software for users to screenshot, or record gameplay and other screen activities with high resolution such as 1080p, and 4K UKD. Besides, it has several recording options that you can choose to record video and audio both or not. And, while in your recording, you are able to record the game sound, your microphone voice, and a webcam. Moreover, it features a simple editing tool so as to cut or trim the gameplay recording without launching extra editor software.

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How to Record Gameplay on PC with TunesKit Game Recorder

Step 1: Download and launch TunesKit Screen Recorder. The default mode is screen recording mode so you can directly choose whether to enable the options of system audio and microphone audio or not.

Step 2: Then click on the Options button in the setting panel. Here you can select the output format, output folder, short keys, and other options of recording gameplay.

set output options to record gameplay

Step 3: When everything is done, tap Select Area. For game recording, most people will choose full-screen recording, but you can also create the recording region. After that, click on REC.

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Step 4: When in the recording, you are able to pause, cut, and stop. Once you've finished the game, click on the Stop button and you can see the gameplay recording is in the History list. You can double-click to preview the gameplay recording, or hit the Edit button at the rear of the gameplay video to cut or trim.

cut recorded gameplay

Step 5: The final gameplay recording is still in the History list, you can click the Search button to locate the output folder.

open gameplay records

Part 3: How to Record Gameplay on PC for Free

Whether you run Windows, macOS, or Linux, if you hope to record gameplay on PC for free, you'll need OBS Studio. As one of the best free screen recorders, it has the power to live stream on media sites such as YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, etc., and enable users to record gameplay in high quality and export them to MLV, MP4, FLV, and MOV. With the Audio Mixer, you can easily adjust the game sound and your microphone voice to create a better gameplay recording.

How to Record Gameplay on a PC for Free with OBS Studio

Step 1: Prepare the game you'd like to capture and launch OBS Studio.

Step 2: First, you can click on the Settings to adjust the recording options, such as bit rate, destination folder, output format, and others according to your needs.

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Step 3: Now turn to the left corner to add Display Capture, Audio Input Capture, and Audio Output Capture in Sources. Then adjust the volume in Audio Mixer. And click on Start Recording, Now you can start playing your game.

Step 4: When you finish, click on Stop Recording. Then the recorded gameplay video will be saved to the target folder. You can tap File > Show Recording to open it.

obs gameplay recordings

Part 4: How to Record Console Gameplay on PC with Capture Card

Some games don't allow you to download the game to your computer. They only exist on consoles like Xbox Game, Nintendo, PS4, etc. To record such games on your PC, you will need to connect your console to your computer to do so. Some consoles have recording capabilities, while others do not. In this case, it is necessary to use Video Capture Card.

You can find all kinds of video capture cards on the Internet, but in this section, we will take the Elgato Game Capture HD60 and an Xbox console as an example to show you how to use a video capture card to record Xbox games.

How to Record Console Gameplay on PC with Elgato Game Capture HD60

Step 1: Firstly, use an HDMI cable to connect your computer monitor and Xbox console. Then go to Settings > System and select Enable HDCP on the Xbox interface.

elgato game capture

Step 2: Now turn to Elgato Game Capture HD60. Use an HDIM cable to connect your Xbox to the HDMI In on the Elgato Game Capture, and use the next HDMI cable to connect your computer monitor to HDMI Out on the Elgato Game Capture. Then use a USB cable to connect your computer to the USB Out port of the Elgato Game Capture.

Step 3: Next, you need to go to Elgato official site to download the Elgato Game Capture HD software. Find the right version and install it on your computer, such as 4K Capture Utility. After you launch the software, you can see the Xbox game screen is on the interface.

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Step 4: Now you have to launch OBS Studio for recording the gameplay. In the Sources option, select Video Capture Device and choose Elgato Game Capture HD60. Then exit the Elgato software and back to OBS and select Deactivate, Active, and you can see the Xbox screen is displayed on the OSB. Now you can click on Start Recording and begin to play your game.

start recording gameplay with elgato

Part 5: Conclusion

We have completed four tutorials today on how to record gameplay on PC. To record gameplay on PC for free, you can choose Xbox Game Bar or OBS Studio. If you prefer high quality recording, then TunesKit Screen Recorder and Elgato Game Capture Card is the good choice, but in terms of cost effectiveness, TunesKit Screen Recorder is better. Anyway, we hope this article can be helpful for you.

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