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.
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
- 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.)
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.
Digging into Game Bar settings
Pressing a Settings symbol on a Game Bar takes we to a whole set of other options. This is where you’ll find Game Mode, a new underline in a Windows 10 Creators Update that tries to boost opening by disabling credentials processes.
PCWorld’s tests have shown minimal support rate gains for Game Mode, generally on high-performance PCs, though important fortitude improvements on weaker machines. But here’s a rub: You’ll expected have to capacitate this mode on a per-game basis. (Microsoft does contend that some games will implement Game Mode automatically, presumption a choice is incited on underneath Windows Settings Gaming Game Mode.)
Aside from Game Mode, a Game Bar’s settings menu offers some tiny behavioral tweaks—such as mapping or unmapping a bar to a core symbol on an Xbox controller—plus promote settings and audio settings.
Need even some-more settings? Head to Windows Settings Gaming Game Bar, where we can emanate your possess choice keyboard shortcuts for captures and broadcasts. In fact, all of a settings associated to Game Mode, Game DVR, Beam, and a Game Bar are accessible by Windows Settings Gaming. Head to that menu when we wish to make adjustments but opening a Game Bar first.