15 Best Game Recording Software for Windows

While consoles might be on the rise, many gamers still rely on PCs for their gaming needs. There are all sorts of games available for you to try out, ranging from some of the best online games for PC to FPS games, strategy, and even more. However, playing without recording and sharing your gameplay isn’t fun. While streaming games on Twitch is one way to go about it, it usually takes a toll on your internet. So if you’re someone who wants to record your games and share later on, check out the best game recording software for Windows to do so.

1. Open Broadcaster Software

Open Broadcaster Software interface

Probably the best tool of the lot, simply because of its open-source nature and flexibility, Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS, is the preferred tool for many gamers out there. Be it simply recording your screen and gameplay or even streaming it side by side, OBS is the tool for you. You are not required to change any special settings; just select the source you would like to record and start recording.

However, there is a learning curve to it, which you can get accustomed to in time. OBS is capable of recording in MP4 and FLV formats, and it uses your PC’s GPU for High-Quality streaming. It records at a 1:1 ratio, meaning the same way as your panel. Apart from basic video recording and saving features, it has many other side features perfect for video tutorials. These features include Picture-in-Picture mode, Custom Watermarks, and Push-to-Talk mode. The best part of OBS, however, is you can use different OBS plugins while recording your games.

Cross-platform supportSteep learning curve
Not the most user-friendly UISupport for most live-streaming platforms
Various plugins to enhance experience
Support for most live streaming platforms
Huge community support

Compatibility: Windows 11 and 10, macOS (macOS 11.0 and newer), Linux (Ubuntu 22.04 and newer)

Pricing: Free

2. Streamlabs OBS

Streamlabs OBS interface

If you’re just starting out and you find OBS’s interface a bit too complicated, then you should definitely check out Streamlabs OBS. Streamlabs OBS is a video recording and streaming platform that aims to simplify OBS’s interface for beginners. The software is quite easy to use and is chock full of integrated features that will help you record and stream your games.

Since the software connects to your Streamlabs account, it allows you to import all the tools directly from the company’s website without copying and pasting several URLs. The software boasts many of the same features as the original OBS albeit with a simplified interface, making it more like a skinned version of OBS.

Free to useMore likely to crash with all its add-ons
Includes a variety of plugins to enhance user experienceFewer encoding options than OBS
Easy to set upMultistream functionality only available in premium version
Saves resources and settings on the cloud

Compatibility: Windows 11 and 10 or Mac OS 10.15 and higher

Price: Free, ($19/month with plugins)

3. Nvidia App Beta (Shadowplay)

Nvidia App Beta recording overlay

If you have an Nvidia GPU, you must install the Nvidia Beta app. Well, apart from just updating your Nvidia drivers, the software includes Nvidia’s Shadowplay tool as well, allowing you to record games easily. One of the best features of ShadowPlay is that it uses the GPU (Nvenc) to handle the video encoding, which means it doesn’t require much in the way of CPU power. The software also promises to add AV1 support for Shadowplay in the future.

The Nvidia app recorder can record at the same resolution as your display, so if you have a 4K panel, your recordings will also be in 4K. If you have an Nvidia GPU, the GeForce Experience software is a must-try since it doesn’t cost a penny and usually works quite well for basic gameplay recording.

My favorite feature, however, is the instant replay option. This option allows me to record the last seconds of my game just by pressing one keybind, saving me miles of megabytes in storage space.

Free to useWorks only with Nvidia GPUs
Simple and straightforwardDoesn’t have as many features as other software on the list
Uses GPU to handle encoding

Compatibility: Windows 11 and 10

Pricing: Free

4. Radeon ReLive

AMD Radeon Re-live game recording

So Nvidia has its own recording software, don’t you think AMD would have one too? Enter Radeon ReLive (earlier called AMD ReLive), which is the company’s proprietary software for recording gameplay on an AMD card. Like the Nvidia solution, AMD’s ReLive utilizes the GPU for most of the encoding, saving your CPU cycles for other stuff.

The impact on frame rates is pretty small (5-10 percent in most cases), but for more complex streaming setups, it can fall short. What’s more, the software comes with support for upscaling as well. As such, if you’re playing at 1080p, you can still record at 4K UHD. If you have an AMD GPU, then you should definitely give Radeon ReLive a shot.

Free to useWorks only with AMD GPUs
Easy setup and simple to useOpenGL game recording not available
Support for upscalingDoesn’t have as many features as dedicated recording software

Compatibility: RX Vega, 500 Series Graphics products; Radeon RX 400 Series; Radeon R9 Fury, R9 300, R7 300 Series; Radeon Pro Duo; AMD Radeon R9 200, R7 200, R5 300, R5 240 Series; AMD Radeon™ HD 8500 – HD 8900 Series; AMD Radeon™ HD 7700 – HD 7900 Series

Pricing: Free

5. Bandicam

Bandicam Game Recorder Windows

The Bandicam screen recorder is one of the most well-known software for screen recording. While positioned as a screen recorder for Windows, the software with its great ability to record at high bitrates and frames, doubles up as a great recording software for games as well. You can record videos at customizable frame rates and 4K Ultra HD resolution.

Even at such high quality, it offers small-size video recordings due to its built-in compression feature that makes sure there is no sacrifice on quality, and you get the smallest file size. The recordings can be adjusted for gaming or other PC activities, and the size of the window can be decreased or increased.

Two capture modesQuite costly
Ability to resize capture areaVideos might have some lag issues
Support for numerous codecs and formats
Built-in compression feature

Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7

Pricing: Free Trial, ($33.26/year for 1 license)

6. XSplit Broadcaster

Xsplit Broadcaster

XSplit Broadcaster is one of the easiest yet powerful recording tools out there. Apart from streaming, the software can be easily used to record your gameplay in high quality. You can start recording with a single press of a button, and XSplit Broadcaster will configure the settings for you according to your PC.

What’s more, you can use features such as picture-in-picture mode, watermarks, video annotations, and social media integration. With XSplit Broadcaster Remote functionality, you can control the live stream of your gaming sessions using your smartphone. This is undoubtedly one of the best game recording software for Windows 10 and Windows 11. However, the price of removing the XSplit watermark can be expensive.

Free software with all features you needHighlight feature not available
Intuitive and Clean UINot for advanced users
Provides option to record locally or stream to all popular platforms with one clickToo much price to remove Watermark
Partner integrations

Compatibility: Windows 11 and 10

Pricing: Free, ($60/year to remove watermark)

7. Fraps

7. Fraps

Fraps is another highly popular game recording software for Windows, and it’s very simple to use. Unlike other recording programs with overwhelming settings and configuration pages, Fraps is all about ease of use. You just go to the “Movies” section and start recording, that’s it.

However, Fraps gives you a few essential options: you can set the video capture frame rate manually, and it can go from 30 to 120FPS. There is also an option to enter a custom FPS value where you can set the frame rate even below 30. Fraps also has the ability to record audio through both external input and system sound, which is pretty awesome. Also, you can record OpenGL and DirectXM games using Fraps.

Best of all, you can show your cursor, just like OBS Studio, while recording games on your Windows PC. So, to put it straight, Fraps is a lightweight screen recording tool, and it can be a great utility for users who want a seamless experience while recording their gameplay on PCs.

Lightweight and simple to use30-seconds recording limit for free version
Can set custom FPS value; Supports 120FPS video recordingNo options to add titles
Has a live FPS counterNo pause button
Highlight cursor and capture audio from an external input deviceRecorded video size is high

Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP

Pricing: Free; ($37 for Full Version)

8. Movavi Screen Recorder

Movavi’s screen recorder is an outstanding game recorder for Windows that bundles some really useful features for casual gamers as well as for streamers. With a well-labeled user interface, It is really simple, and you can start recording gameplay without much technical know-how. The software brings a dedicated Game Mode that allows you to record 4K videos with up to 120fps as soon as you start a game. You can customize overlays to display frame rate

Besides that, you have the option to record a part of the screen in windowed mode. As I said, Movavi Screen Recorder has many post-recording tools, so you can convert a video into a GIF, trim, cut, and join videos, add animated titles and special effects, and much more. Overall, if you want game recording software with a healthy dose of editing tools, then Movavi Screen Recorder can be a good pick.

Feature-packedA bit expensive
Comes with many editing toolsLimited free trial
Supports screen resolution up to 4K
Can record a part of the screen
Convert screen recording to GIF instantly

Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

Pricing: Free Trial, (Starts at $44.95)

9. Dxtory

Game Recording Software

Dxtory is yet another simple tool in this list that offers tons of features while being very light on the system. In fact, it is one of the lightest software yet quite robust. The interface is extremely simple and makes it very easy to understand all settings and tweak them. It captures lossless videos at the Highest quality to ensure you get the best video (it’s a huge size, though).

Audio settings are also quite robust, being able to record two sounds simultaneously, like game sound and microphone sound, which can be edited later separately. In the Video settings, you can specify video codec, frames per second from 10-120, sources, size, and format. You can force the software to automatically record the game when it is started and also balance whether the software puts pressure on the GPU or CPU for recording.

Basic UIAnnoying trial notification
Intuitive user experienceNot for casual users
Plenty of customization options

Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP

Pricing: Free Trial, ($35 for 1 license)

10. Action!

Action! screen recorder

Action! is one of the best game recording software programs you can use right now if you have a powerful computer. The software uses your GPU to accelerate recordings and put less pressure on the CPU. You can create high-quality videos up to 4k resolution and high frame rates and even add live commentary to them.

What’s more, the videos can be streamed on all popular services like YouTube, Hitbox, Twitch, Livestream, Ustream, etc. Action! also comes with Time-Shift mode, which is limited to 10 minutes instead of 20 minutes. Your videos can also be edited, such as cropping, effects like slow motion, and other basic editing features.

Feature richHigher frame rates take up more memory
GPU accelerationNo option to customize frame rates
Easy to useQuite costly
Great options for file sharing
High definition playback

Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista

Pricing: Free Trial, ($29.95 per user lifetime)

11. D3DGear

Game Recording Software

D3DGear might look like a simple and basic tool, but it is extremely useful. The game recording software doesn’t require any special setup. In fact, you just install it, and you’re a click away from recording your gameplay footage. Along with a lightweight design, it also has a built-in compression system that compresses all videos recorded with it.

The videos are compressed in real-time, which means even if you have less space in the drive, you may still be able to record a video. Despite its small size, it also uses GPU acceleration to put pressure on the GPU, not the CPU. The software automatically identifies games and connects with them; you just need to press the hotkey to start or stop recording. If you want to record Oculus Rift VR Games, that is also easily done with the D3DGear.

Basic UILimited features
Easy to useOutdated UI design
Real-time compression
Also great for streaming on popular live-stream websites
Captures Oculus VR Games

Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP

Pricing: Free 15 Days Trial, ($29.85 for 1 License)

12. Xbox Game Bar (Replaces Windows Game DVR)

Xbox game bar

Chances are you might be running Windows 11 while reading this. If that’s the case, and you just need a simple tool for recording your gameplay and nothing else, Xbox Game Bar should do the trick. Video recording (default shortcut of Win + Alt + R) allows you to specify 30 fps or 60 fps recording, as well as standard (720p) or high (1080p) quality and an audio bitrate.

Alternatively, you can launch the Game Bar by pressing the keyboard shortcut (Win + G). It is so easy to use and completely free, making it an easy recommendation for anyone. However, it is only suitable for beginners, and if you’re looking for something more advanced, you can select one of the other options.

Free to useLimited features
Comes inbuilt with Window 11 and 10Available only on Windows 11 and 10

Compatibility: Windows 11 and 10

Pricing: Free

13. ManyCam


ManyCam is, at its core, a live-streaming app for Windows and Mac. However, you can also use it to record your gameplay simply. It’s a great tool on your gaming PC because you can record your games, and if you want to stream, you don’t need a different software for it. That said, bear in mind that ManyCam supports streaming to Facebook and YouTube Live. You also get features like automatic bitrate settings, 3D masks and filters, green screens, and more.

While you can download ManyCam for free, you will eventually have to purchase a license. ManyCam uses a subscription model by default, but if that’s not what you like, you can also purchase a lifetime license.

Can be used for both streaming and game recordingExpensive as compared to other options on this list
Integrations with YouTube and Facebook

Compatibility: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 11

Pricing: subscription starts at $49/year; lifetime license starts at $59

14. Icecream Screen Recorder

Icecream Screen Recorder is another feature-rich game recording software that you can use to capture your gameplay and share it with friends. The software comes with useful features, including the ability to record webcams and screen recordings. There’s obviously support for capturing audio and annotation features for screenshots and screen recordings.

These tools can definitely come in handy while you’re editing your game recording before sharing it on YouTube. Icecream Screen Recorder also allows you to put a custom logo on your recordings and easily share your videos to YouTube, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

Icecream recorder for games

The software comes with all the basics for editing. You can trim recordings, change the speed, and more. You can also set up Icecream Screen Recorder to automatically start screen recordings at a scheduled time and convert videos.

Allows webcam recording as overlayFree version is limited in functionality
Built-in video editor
Supports custom logo watermarks

Compatibility: Windows (including Windows 10 and Windows 11), macOS

Pricing: Free, (Pro version available at $29.95/yearly, $59.95/one-time fee)

15. Wondershare Demo Creator

Wondershare makes many useful tools, and Demo Creator is a solid screen recording software for easily recording PC games. The software records your screen and system audio separately so you can edit them individually, giving you extra flexibility in post-production.

The software also supports effects such as green screen, transitions, zoom and pan, and more. While you’re recording your game with Demo Creator, you can also add narrations to your clips.

Wondershare Demo Creator

Wondershare Demo Creator comes with AI face recognition, which can recognize your face and blend it seamlessly into the recording. You can add annotations and make all the edits you need within the software itself without having to switch to a video editing app for Windows.

Record video and audio in separate streamsNo free version, and subscription is a tad pricey
Built-in video editor
AI face recognition

Compatibility: Windows, macOS

Pricing: Free trial, (subscription starts at $59.99/year)

Bonus: ScreenPal

ScreenPal, formerly known as Screencast-O-Matic, is also a good choice for you if you want an easy-to-use game recording software for your PC. The interface here is simple, but you get many features baked in.

You can select the resolution of your screen recording, set a time limit, etc. The software also supports recording both mic and system audio at the same time so you can record gameplay with sound and your narration together.

screencast-o-matic game recording software

Furthermore, ScreenPal comes with a video editor. This can come in handy when you’re trying to apply some finishing touches to your gameplay footage before publishing it on YouTube or sharing it with your friends. Overall, Screencast-O-Matic brings all the necessary features you’d want in a game recording software and you should definitely give it a shot.

Simple UINeed to purchase the paid version for all features
Can record system audio and mic at the same time
Comes with a video editor

Compatibility: Windows, macOS, Android, iPhone, Chrome OS

Pricing: Paid plans start at $3/month (billed yearly)

We hope you found your perfect match from the best game recording software for Windows above. Depending on what kind of recording and editing you want to do, one software may be more apt than the other. Nonetheless, all of them come with some unique features that will amp up your experience.

That being said, is there any other software you feel should have been on the list? Let us know in the comments below. Let us know in the comments below!

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  • a youtuber for fun says:

    Is there any recorder that is good, free and can record for unlimited time???

    • Kiaro says:

      bro i can send you the full version.of Bandicam and Fraps.do u have telegram or…?(Also dont forget that OBS is Free(#1) )

      • Jagnoor Singh says:

        can u send me but how

      • Hasan says:

        Can you send me full version of bandicam? its my telegram +994705899202

  • a youtuber for fun says:

    Is there any recorder that is good, free and can record for unlimited time???

    • Frost says:

      OBS is 100 percent free bruh.

  • Anonymous says:

    Anyone know of any software, paid or free, that actually records in-game mouse movements, in a first person shooter, etc. ? I seriously cannot find any software that allows me to do this.

    • DuckEgg's says:

      Fraps but it might take you might lose some fps
      I used to record with fraps chak it out on my yt channel i get around 100 fps while recording but it is just lagging in video

  • Hamza Mehdi says:

    Do all these Video recorders require a fast and good PC(meaning best for high resolution games, or they work for any type of CPU.

    • Shubham says:

      No it’s not required good pc if you have dual core and 4gb ram then enough

  • Shubham says:

    Thanks Varun for the great post but i have one question i’m using Nvidia GeForce Experience for recording but the file size is too high when i finished my recording can you tell me any settings i need to change.

  • Emerald says:

    I’ve tried 7 recording things in the past week. I hope these will help with my channel! I’m excited!!

  • Seer says:

    I recomend Xsplit. You can easily get rid of watermark!!!

  • Reeda Manda says:

    Good to know these game recording tools and thanks for the sharing. I always use Acethinker Screen Recorder to capture gameplay for my YouTube channel, It’s a free web-based application to record computer screen right from the browser, you may add it to the list as well.

    • Boop says:

      I can never get AceThinker to record my gameplay. As soon as I start the game on steam the recorder records a white screen and the audio.

  • kj says:

    OBS and D23D gear is not working on my windows 8.1

    • Xbox User345 says:

      Windows 8.1 doesn’t support all types of softwares so better you upgrade to windows 10 or degrade to windows 7 or 8. Windows 8.1 is only a developed & featurable version of windows 8 so it does not support such type of third party softwares but you can try Bandicam as it gets supported on every version of windows

  • EL Knight says:

    The update for windows 10 i hate it it says my Xbox account is not available or anything like that i cant use it and then google wont accept my other account

  • EL Knight says:

    I thought the windows thing wasn’t working but i still needed to download things

  • EL Knight says:

    I am not gonna buy anything but i am going to try the built in recorder im so excited!

  • Azhar khan says:

    how to open game bar in windows 10

    • faris says:

      win + G

  • Hero765 says:

    For some reason whenever i use OBS it will stop recording audio at the end, any suggestions?

    • Hero765 says:

      I meant like a whole 1 and 1/2 minutes before the end

      • Frost says:

        Yeah you need a good PC for OBS to run smoothly

  • Joe says:

    Plays.tv is a simple and free program. Very easy to record, edit and share clips.

  • HeroStudio says:

    Bandicam is my main way of recording games, but about half the time it doesn’t work, the video’s being unplayable, sometimes it works some times it doesn’t I’ve probably lost hundreds of hours of recording because of it creating corrupted recordings.

  • get salty,brats says:

    fraps is crap,just buy bandicam or something

    • MC_Ninja says:

      Bandicam is trash!

      • MrMan says:

        NO ITS NOT

  • Mark O'Brien says:

    I use Fraps because it review best among gamers at the time I bought it. It is well worth the $37 as it does a perfect job while barely being noticeable on system impact. Highly recommended.

  • CheeseyYT says:

    I use fraps; fraps is the best recorder for me, you can FULLSCREEN you’re game while recording!!! it just makes it better.

    yeh, it’s good for me…

  • User says:

    Shadowplay is absolute rubbish, and now requires registration to use. Why did you recommend this? You have to enable Aero for it to work. And users universally report crashes. WTH?

    It shouldn’t appear on any list at all, as it’s pretty useless. Fraps far exceeds most of the trashware listed, and is also a supported commercial product.

  • Baccazard123 says:

    any1 time i use obs it just u can see the game but the gameplay wont record where its stuck in one spot

    • MC_Ninja says:

      That’s because when you open the standard OBS, you exit the game window, and it displays the last frame of the game, before you left. If you want background frame updates, then use OBS Studio.

  • Faust says:

    You never used OBS did you -_ –

  • Braden Dodge says:

    After the latest update of Geforce Experience ShadowPlay is utter garbage. The whole Geforce Experience program itself is fucked and I am seriously considering completely uninstalling it and using some third party program to record gameplay.

  • Mohammad Mehdi says:

    what about Movavi

    • EL Knight says:

      Movavi dosen’t record your voice only screen clips there free trials only let you record 2 minute clips

  • Hitesh Unavane says:

    Nice list of screen recording program, but what about AMD’s raptor program ? whats your thought ?

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