A lot of effort is being put into Windows 10, as Microsoft wants to make sure that it captures the interest of traditional desktop users, as well as those who have embraced the mobile revolution. And even if everybody seems to be convinced that PC sales are going down, Microsoft wants to make sure that it pleases gamers, as well.

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Microsoft has already included the Xbox App in Windows 10, which will allow users to connect to the Xbox Live network and stream games. Game DVR feature allows you to capture snippets of gameplay or record them, and now Microsoft is adding a similar feature outside the Xbox app, as well.

How to enable screen recording in Windows 10

According to early testers, the new feature works with any app but only inside them, as it doesn’t allow recording the desktop. Maybe the final version of Windows 10 will bring this functionality, as well, but for now, this is how things are. Also, you need to have an app open for the screen capture to work. Here’s how to start recording your screen:

  • Press ‘Windows + G
  • Choose from the toolbar whether you want to take a screenshot or capture a video
  • Once you are done, hit the record button again, or you can use the Windows key + Alt + R keyboard shortcut

The Settings button lets you place a limit on the length of videos that can be recorded. Videos are saved in MP4 format in the Videos\Captures folder. For more options, you need to go to the Game DVR section of the Xbox app, and there you can access the videos you’ve recorded. Also, you’re restricted to 1080p when recording, but that’s really not that bad. There’s a minimum hardware specification that you must meet, as well – Intel HD graphics 4000, GeForce 600/800M, or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series.

You can also make use of a basic trim tool, but that’s about it when it comes to editing. However, I’m sure that most of us don’t need professional screen capture software and will appreciate the introduction of this small but very useful and much-needed feature. Now I’ll be able to record my chess sessions and share my games with my friends.

Related Read: 10 Best Windows Screen Sharing Tools

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