5 things you can do with the Xbox Game bar on Windows 10
The Xbox Game bar from Windows 10 is probably the best thing that Microsoft could have done for gamers. It allows you to easily access and control all kinds of useful things during gameplay, such as sound controls, performance statistics, or framerate. It can record all your gameplay, take screenshots, and it even lets you play your favorite music on Spotify without having to exit or Alt + Tab your game. If you're curious to know the best things you can do with the Xbox Game bar on Windows 10, read on:
NOTE: This article is about the Xbox Game bar from Windows 10 with November Update or newer. If you have an older version of the operating system, the Xbox Game bar might look different, and some of the features might not be available for you. Also, to be able to use and benefit from all the features offered by the Xbox Game bar on Windows 10, you must first know how to launch it. If you'd like to find out how to do that, read: How to enable and open the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10.
1. Record and take screenshots of your gameplay
One of the best features of the Xbox Game bar from Windows 10 is that it allows you to easily record gameplay and capture screenshots of your game while playing it. All you have to do is open the Xbox Game bar (Win + G) and use the Capture widget. That way, you can save all your gameplay for posterity, from start to finish, or just save highlights such as your last boss battles or Pentakills. :)
For more details on how to make gameplay recordings with the Xbox Game bar, and to learn all the keyboard shortcuts, read this tutorial: How can I record my gameplay on a Windows 10 PC?
2. Adjust the sound volume for individual audio channels
When you open it, the Game bar automatically shows all the audio channels that are rendering sound on your Windows device at that moment. Each of them has its own slider that you can use to control the volume of each audio channel. This can be useful for people who, just like us, tend to listen to music while playing games.
With the help of the Game bar, you no longer need to switch to the desktop to adjust the volume of other apps or media players. You can do it straight from your game.
The Audio widget also lets you adjust the volume of your microphone, when enabled. If you also want to record your voice while recording your gameplay, this can come in handy, as you can adjust how loudly or how silently your voice is captured.
3. See the performance of your computer while playing games
The Performance widget helps you get an idea of how well your computer performs while playing games. If you enable this widget, the Game bar collects and shows you the levels of utilization (using both percentage values and graphs) for your computer's main resources: processor, graphics card, and RAM. Furthermore, you can also see the number of frames per second rendered by the game, which can be quite useful if you want to check the quality of your game from time to time.
Using the information from here, you can learn whether your computer struggles running your game. In that case, you need to make adjustments to the graphics quality of the game to run it more fluently.
4. Play and control your music while playing your favorite games, using Game bar's Spotify widget
If you like listening to music while playing games on your Windows 10 PC, the good news is that the Game bar now includes a widget called Spotify. You can use the Spotify widget to play and control your music from this streaming service, without having to close or minimize (Alt + Tab) your game.
For details on how to configure this widget and how to use it, read this tutorial: Control music on Spotify when gaming, with the Xbox Game Bar.
5. Get social using Microsoft's Xbox services
The Game bar from Windows 10 also offers a few social widgets which some gamers might like. They are called Xbox Social, Xbox Achievements, and Looking for group. If you want to chat with your fellow gamers who are also using Windows 10 PCs or Xbox gaming console, the Xbox Social widget lets you do just that.
The Xbox Achievements is a widget that tracks the digital rewards that you've received for completing specific tasks in the games you play. These achievements are given to you by the developers of the games. Having this information at your fingertips in the Game bar is a nice touch. You no longer have to check your achievement from a browser or the Xbox Console Companion app. Then, there's also the Looking for group widget: a tool that lets you quickly find other players that want to join a group and get social. It is an easy way to connect to other gamers who enjoy playing the same games as you.
What is your favorite feature of the Xbox Game bar in Windows 10?
Now you know more about what the Xbox Game bar from Windows 10 can do. What's your favorite thing about it? Do you love the fact that you can record gameplay so easily? Are the performance statistics and framerate details more important to you? Or do you only use it to play your favorite music on Spotify? Tell us what you think and what you like most about the Xbox Game bar in the comments section below.