How to record gameplay on Windows 10 or Windows 11 with Xbox Game Bar

Shaant Minhas

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So you want to record your gameplay videos on Windows 10 or Windows 11? Whether you’re looking to try game recording as a new hobby, or want to give a professional game-streaming a shot, there has never been a better time to be a gamer. 

This is attested by the worldwide market of video games that clocked around US$134.9 billion in annual sales—and this is a figure from 2018. The size is expected to have increased even more by now. In fact, as per Statista, the market value is expected to hit $268.82 billion in 2025. 

Fortunately, being a Microsoft user you have just the right option for recording your gameplay on Windows. 

Record gameplay with Xbox Game Bar 

Xbox Game Bar is a free tool from Microsoft that helps you record your game plays seamlessly from the background. Introduced with Windows 10 back in 2016, Microsoft has turned the Xbox Game Bar been turned into a complete overlay since 2019, as covered in one of our previous post.

Apart from game recording services, you can also capture screenshots and enable the so-called Game Mode—a specific Windows setting that enhances your Windows gaming experience.

Before you jump into the game recording, though, make sure that you’ve put up appropriate settings in the place first; this will help you improve the overall experience of your recording. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Windows Settings app (Windows key + I).
  2. Go to the Gaming section on the Settings Menu.
  3. Select Xbox Game Bar as shown below.

You can manipulate the gameplay recording settings once you’re in the Xbox Game Bar section. To start off, toggle-on the ‘Record in the background while I’m playing a game’ section if that’s turned off.  You can tweak the different features to your liking.  

There are also different keyboard shortcuts here, which you can later memorize for making the most out of Xbox Game Bar.

changing the windows xbox game bar settings

To set or check keyboard settings in Windows 11, open the Game Bar with Windows Key + G, then open the settings widget.

To record your Windows games with Xbox Game Bar, follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows key + G to open the Game bar when you are inside a game.
  2. Click on the Record button to start the recording. A small recording menu will appear on the side.
  3. Press the Stop recording button (a square icon) to bring your screen recording to a halt.
  4. If it’s a full-screen PC game, press the Windows key + Alt + G to begin the recording procedure. 

recording windows game play with game bar

Once you’re done recording the game play, you can access your recordings from the Videos folder, in the Captures section.

Recording gameplay on Windows with Xbox Game Bar

Playing and streaming video game plays has never been easier, with numerous big tech companies like Google and Apple letting us capture our gameplay. 

And with the Xbox Game Bar in your Windows in-built toolbox, now you don’t have to veer into other third-party tools for your game recording needs.