Windows 10 brought a ton of new and awesome features. One of the best features is the new Xbox app. Even if you don’t have an Xbox, this app is useful for everyone. You can use it to record games, create clips from any app, and even stream console games.

Record almost any app or game with the game bar

Recording gameplay has become so popular, it is integrated into almost all consoles these days. Adding a game recorder to Windows 10 was the natural next step for Microsoft. Here’s the kicker, however: you can save more than games. The Xbox app can record almost any running app. While a few apps may exempt themselves, most haven’t. This means that the Xbox app is not just an awesome game recorder, it is an awesome screenshot tool.

If you’ve signed into the Xbox app at some point, the Game DVR feature should be ready to go. Otherwise, start the app and sign in. Once it’s running, follow these steps to register a game or app:

  1. Press Win + G to open the game bar.
  2. If you see a box asking if this app is a game, check the box next to “Yes, it’s a game”.
  3. Click on the red circle to start recording.
  4. When you’re done, press Win + G again and click the red circle to complete the recording.

You can also press Win + Alt + R to start and stop recording, as long as you’ve already told the Xbox app that a particular app is a game. After recording is complete, you will receive a notification in the Action Center (Win + A). You can click on this notification to go directly to the Game DVR section of the Xbox app and find your clips. Here you can trim the clips and navigate to the folder containing the files.

It is not known exactly which apps can and cannot be registered. The Game Bar will not record Skype for Desktop, for example. However, the Xbox app can record himself. Whether or not an application is a game, you can try using the Game DVR to record clips from it.

Use “Record That” to record the last 30 seconds (or more) of a game

Unless you’re a YouTube star, there’s a good chance you won’t want to record everything you do in case something interesting happens. However, there are times when you do something totally badass and no one was there to see it. Just like Xbox users, Windows 10 users can now use the “Record This” feature to record the last 30 seconds (by default you can increase the limit) of whatever they play.

“Record that” works by constantly recording everything you play, but only keeping the last thirty seconds. At any time, you can open the game bar and click “Save This” (or press Win + Alt + G) to keep this video forever. This allows you to retroactively decide to start recording after something cool has happened.

To configure it, follow these steps:

  1. In the Xbox app, click Settings in the left sidebar.
  2. Click on the Game DVR tab.
  3. Activate the toggle under “Save this”.
  4. Optional: Next to “Record last:”, you can click the drop-down menu to set the recording buffer from 15 seconds to 10 minutes.
  5. Open the game or app you want to save.
  6. Press Win + G to open the game bar.
  7. Click “Yes, it’s a game” if asked.

As with the last section, once you’ve enabled “Record This” and designated an app as a game, you don’t need to go through most of these steps. You can open the game bar to activate “Record this” or just press Win + Alt + G.

Stream your Xbox games to your PC from your console

Technically this feature requires an Xbox One, but it’s great, so we’re including it. With Windows 10, Microsoft also lets you stream your Xbox One games to your PC. Your Xbox will take care of running the games and then send the video and audio to your computer where you can play them.

This can be practical for a number of reasons. For starters, it lets you play console exclusives on a PC. You can also continue to play games if someone else in your house is using the TV in your living room.

To start streaming your games, you need to set up both your Xbox and your PC. Here’s how to get started on Xbox:

  1. Open Settings on your Xbox One.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Activate “Allow games to be played on other devices”.
  4. Under Smartglass Connections, turn on “From any SmartGlass device” or “Only from profiles connected on this Xbox”.

Once your Xbox is set up, you will need to configure your PC. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your PC and Xbox are connected to the same home network.
  2. Launch the Xbox app on your PC.
  3. In the left panel, click Connect.
  4. Once the app searches for available Xboxes, choose yours from the list.
  5. Once signed in, select your Xbox.
  6. Choose “Streamer”.

Once your Xbox and PC are connected, you can start playing games from your Xbox One. To do this, select My Games on the left side of the Xbox app, choose the game you want to play and click “Play from Console”.

While gaming, you can plug in headphones and create or join groups just like you would on your console. You will also have a new section under Settings to adjust the streaming quality, if your game is not performing well on your computer.

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