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How to record games at 60 FPS with high quality audio using Game DVR on Windows 10

If you're a core PC gamer, and you like to record your favorite games, you can appreciate Game DVR on Windows 10. However, there is one caveat, Game DVR by default records clips at a standard 30 FPS and audio at 128 kbps. While these are good settings for most users, if you have a powerful machine, these settings are perhaps inadequate if you're looking for the absolute best video recording.

Luckily, Game DVR can be configured to record clips with much higher quality, using 60 FPS with up 1080p resolution, and 192kbps for audio quality.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to record game clips using Game DVR using the highest video and audio quality available using the Settings and the Xbox app.

How to change Game DVR recording options on Settings app

If you have a powerful gaming PC, and you'd like to record clips at 60 FPS, use the following steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Gaming.
  3. Click on Game DVR.
  4. Under "Recorded audio," use the Audio quality drop-down menu and select 192kbps.
  5. Under "Recorded video," select the 60 FPS option.
  6. On "Video quality" select High.

After you've completed the steps, Game DVR will record games in at 60 FPS with up to 1080p resolution (depending on the game) and the highest audio quality.

How to change Game DVR recording options on Xbox app

It's also possible to change the same Game DVR video and audio settings using the Xbox app.

  1. Open Xbox app.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. On the top-right, click on Game DVR.
  4. Under "Audio," use the drop-down menu and select 192kbps.
  5. Under "Video encoding," use the Video quality down-down menu and select 60fps.
  6. Use the "Video resolution" down-down menu and select High.

Once you completed the steps, game clips will record in at 60 FPS with the highest video and audio quality.

Using higher video and audio quality your computer will require more storage and system resources, which can affect performance. It's recommended to change these settings only if you have a very capable gaming PC. (You can always test the different settings available with Game DVR to decide which are the best video recording configuration for your machine.)

Another thing to consider is that Game DVR supports capture resolution up to 1920 x 1080 pixels. If the game uses a higher resolution, then the recording will be scaled down.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

7 Comments
  • The Xbox overlay doesn't even work with 70% of my games. I would consider using it if I could.
  • Yup, the game bar does not work well with all the games. So I found other alternatives for capturing my gameplay. https://showmore.com/best-game-recorder-pc.html
  • Xbox dvr on Windows 10 is horrible for games. I had disable it. As soon as you launch csgo it warns you about Xbox dvr
  • Just because it warns you doesn't mean you're getting negative performance. I get that warning all the time and never experienced any (noticeable) negative impact on my games
  • It's sad that it doesn't work on most of my games, but that's probably stinky Steam's fault.
  • I jusr use Nvidia's overlay, that works well on anything
  • Oh great! Thx for this information.