How to Record Games on Steam (2021 Update)

author Carrie Murray
date Thursday, September 16, 2021

A game recording program can help you record Steam gameplay with simple clicks. Here we introduce 3 professional game recorders to help you record Steam gameplay efficiently, including the newly updated FonePaw Screen Recorder, which provides 2 methods to record games, OBS Screen Recorder, and Xbox Game DVR.

If you want to record gameplay on Steam, you need a good Steam game recorder.

What is a good game recorder for Steam? First, the recorder should be able to record videos of your gameplay on Steam without causing the games to lag. And the videos should be recorded in high quality, captured at 60 fps or even higher. And you may also want it to be able to record Steam video with game audio, commentary, and webcam.

If this is the recorder that you are looking for to record Steam games, you are in the right place. This article will introduce 3 gameplay recorders that are used by most YouTubers and gamers to record videos on Steam. Let's see how to record games on Steam!

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Record Steam Gameplay Without Lag with FonePaw Screen Recorder

The first recorder introduced here is FonePaw Screen Recorder. By enabling hardware acceleration, FonePaw Screen Recorder can record Steam gameplay with little impact on the overall performance so that it won't slow down the game. What’s more, this screen recording software had recently launched a new feature: Game Recorder. It is a feature specially designed for game video recording.

FonePaw Screen Recorder has nearly everything you need in recording gameplay on Steam:

  • Record game audio as well as your commentary through the microphone.

  • Support webcam overlay so that you can record your face along with the gameplay.

  • Start and stop recording games with hotkeys, or schedule a gameplay recording at a specific time.

  • Multiple video recording modes, supporting browser overlay, System information overlay, and more.

  • Support annotating in videos with texts, circles, arrows, lines, and more.

  • Record videos on Steam to MP4, WMV, AVI, GIF, TS, MOV, F4V files.

  • Taking screenshots of wonderful game moments.

  • Restore the unsaved gameplay videos.

Record Steam Gameplay

Not only that it is fully featured, but the recorder is also well-designed with a user-friendly interface for you to start screen recording without extra instruction needed.

Method 1 Using Video Recorder to Record Steam Gameplay

Video Recorder is an almighty function of FonePaw Screen Recorder. It allows users to record high-quality video with the audio of the system and the microphone. You can also turn on the webcam and customize it in the process of recording.

Now, follow me to see how to record wonderful Steam game videos with this function.

Step 1. Download FonePaw Screen Recorder

Download and install the FonePaw Screen Recorder on your Windows or Mac computer.

Step 2. Customize the Recording Settings

Launch the recorder, click Video Recorder. Choose your recording region, turn on/off the webcam, the system sound, and the microphone.


  1. Webcam can be turned on/off during the recording. The volume of the sound can also be adjusted.

  2. It is recommended to turn on "Microphone noise cancellation" and "Microphone enhancement" in the drop-down menu of the microphone setting to make the voice clearer. Having a soundcheck beforehand is also highly recommended.

Video Recorder

Then click the gear icon to open the Preferences menu, where you can change settings such as hotkeys, video quality, frame rate, video format, etc. Click OK after you have selected the ideal settings.

Recording Settings

Step 3. Start Recording Steam Gameplay

Launch the game. Click Advanced Recorder to make some extra settings if you, in particular, want to record Steam gameplay only or exclude the screen activities of certain apps from recording.

When you are ready, click the Rec button or press Ctrl + Alt + S keys to begin recording videos of the game.

Steam Gameplay Recording

Step 4. Take Screenshots, Add Annotation/Texts (Optional)

During the gameplay recording, you can use a keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot anytime you want. Also, there are annotation tools you can use if you want to highlight something in the game.

There are also 2 ways to take snapshots on Steam:
  • 1. Press “F12”, the screenshot shortcut key of Steam by default. If you want to change the shortcut, you can set it at Settings - In-Game. After gaming, the screenshots will be shown at your Screenshot Uploader.
  • 2. Press “PstSc” at your keyboard, and then paste it to Microsoft Paint. The drawback is that you can only take one screenshot at a time, or the new capture will overwrite the old one.

Add Annotations

Step 5. End Gameplay Recording on Steam

When the game is over or you feel like ending the recording, press the Ctrl + Alt + S keyboard shortcut or click the Rec button to end it. You can also click the Clock icon to preset a recording length and let the recorder automatically stop video recording when time is up.

Now that the video of the Steam game is recorded, you can preview the recorded video and trim it to get the most amazing clip. After saving the game video locally, if you want to share it with others, there is a Share button for you. Just click it to upload the video to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or other social media.

Edit Videos

Method 2 Using Game Recorder to Record Steam Gameplay

Other than the function mentioned above, there is a new feature of the FonePaw Screen Recorder - Game Recorder. Taken users’ experiences and suggestions into consideration, the function provides Windows users with the best game recording experience.

Step 1. Download FonePaw Screen Recorder

Step 2. Launch the program. Click Game Recorder

Recorder Homepage

Step 3. Change Settings Before Recording

On the setting page of Game Recorder, you can select the game you want to record. The program will automatically locate the game without being interfered with by the other programs. Then customize the audio settings. Also, it’s suggested that you have a soundcheck beforehand in case you have to adjust the volume while recording.

Click REC to start recording your Steam video.

Game Recorder

Step 4. Take Screenshots, Add Annotation/Texts (Optional)

While recording, you are free to take screenshots, but adding annotations and texts are not supported.

Step 5. Save the Game Video

After ending the recording, you can preview and edit the video. If you are satisfied with your recording, click Save to save your video.

Edit Game Videos


  1. The difference between Video Recorder and Game Recorder:
  • The Video Recorder feature is more versatile and flexible. It enables you to record the whole screen and do real-time editing.

  • The Game Recorder feature highlights game recording. It recognizes and captures your game windows only and automatically starts and ends up recording videos along with your game running. Because it’s a new feature, it doesn’t support the webcam for now.

  1. With FonePaw Screen Recorder, you can restore the accidentally quit or unsaved recording.

Just enable the recorder and you will see a prompt reminding you to restore the unsaved file. Or you can navigate to the recording history tab to continue saving the gameplay.

Record Steam Gameplay with OBS

OBS is another screen recorder used by many Steam gamers. Not only it can record videos on Steam, but it can also stream your gameplay to Twitch, YouTube, and more. It can record and Steam DirectX 8/9/10/11/12, OpenGL games on Steam at up to 120 fps. Games, webcam overlay, audio can all be recorded.

However, unlike FonePaw Screen Recorder which you can start gameplay recording easily, OBS is complicated with a daunting interface. And since it is an open-source recording software, it is not stable enough and stops working, especially after an update.

OBS Studio

Step 1. Download and install OBS on your computer. To install OBS, you need to run its Auto-Configuration Wizard, which may change your computer's settings of recording, resolution, bitrate, encoder, and more.

Step 2. To record game audio on Steam, make sure you have selected the right audio devices. And you can adjust volume levels in the mixer section of its main window.

Step 3. Sources are what you are going to record with OBS. To record games on Steam, click Game Capture. If you need to add a webcam, click Video Capture Device.

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Step 4. Open the game on Steam and click Start Recording on OBS to start recording your gameplay.

OBS Recording

Record Steam Gameplay with Game DVR in Windows 10

For those who want to record Steam games on Windows 10, there is an easy recorder you can use - Windows 10's built-in game recorder. By pressing Win + G buttons, you can initiate the Game DVR recorder, which can record gameplay on Steam with audio, microphone, and webcam. It is simple and you don't have to download another application to get the job done.

Wins Recorder

Although recording Steam games with Windows 10's game recorder is convenient, it is a bit too simple in functionality and you may be disappointed if you have a high-quality requirement. It was reported that Game DVR causes lags or frame drops on some computers.

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Above all, you can see that each recorder has its features.

Just like FonePaw Screen Recorder, it is easy to use and record the Steam on Windows/Mac in high quality.

For those who like to explore software, OBS is a good choice.

If you don't want to download another application, you can just record Steam in Windows 10.

To sum up, the 3 recorders mentioned above are all professional; however, in comparison, it’s not difficult to conclude that FonePaw Screen Recorder is the best choice for recording Steam gameplay, especially after its new feature – Game Recorder had launched.

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