The Windows 10 Game Bar: What PC gamers need to know

Microsoft’s Game Bar has picked adult some new tricks in a Windows 10 Creators Update. The floating toolbar, that acts like a Swiss Army Knife for capturing in-game exploits, now supports live broadcasting to Microsoft’s Beam service, and provides entrance to Game Mode for some-more fast performance.

If you’ve nonetheless to check out a Game Bar, here’s all we need to know:

Windows 10 Game Bar basics

To serve a Game Bar, usually press a Windows pivotal + G. This works in any game—and, in fact, any PC application—with one vital caveat: The Game Bar usually supports full-screen mode on a tiny series of games. In many cases, you’ll need to puncture into your game’s settings and change a video mode to windowed or full-screen windowed for a Game Bar to appear.

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Once a Game Bar is open, you’ll see a quarrel of 7 buttons. Here they are, from left to right:

  • Open a Xbox app
  • Take a screenshot
  • Record a final 30 seconds of gameplay
  • Start a recording
  • Start a Beam broadcast
  • Settings
  • Move (click and reason to drag a Game Bar around)

Keep in mind that to save a final 30 seconds of play, we contingency initial capacitate credentials recording. The analogous symbol will substantially be grayed out by default, so usually click on it, afterwards click on a credentials recording checkbox before we start pulling any crazy in-game stunts.

Where do those recordings go? By default, they should seem in C:Users[YourName]VideosCaptures. To change a recording location, pierce a Captures folder to a opposite directory.

As for Beam broadcasting, attack a symbol will open a quick-settings menu, where we can make adjustments before starting a stream. Once we go live, a tide will seem during beam.pro/[YourGamerTag]. (For some-more sum on Beam, check out PCWorld’s hands-on coverage.)

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The Game Bar lets we adjust Beam promote settings before going live.

One some-more thing: Even if a Game Bar isn’t open—or it won’t open since a diversion is in full-screen mode—you can still constraint video and take screenshots. To start or stop recording, press Win + Alt + R. To squeeze usually a final 30 seconds of gameplay, press Win + Alt + G. And for a screenshot, press Win + Alt + PrtScn.