Recording games on your console or PC is pretty easy these days. But, what if your game of choice is on a mobile app?
Gameplay streaming and commentary have always been trendy with PCs and consoles – so much so, that quite a few people are making good money doing just that on media platforms, such as Twitch and YouTube. Yet, recording from mobile devices is still kind of a hustle and Samsung has realised the need to simplify the whole process releasing the appropriately named Game Recorder+.
Search Google’s Play store, and there’s a bevy of apps promising to record your screen with ease. Sadly, most of them require you root your device, or simply look a bit dodgy. If you’re a Samsung user, there’s a legitimate choice that won’t require you meddling with your device — it’s called Game Recorder+. The app lets you record any game (along with your grinning mug, and commentary as you play it), and captures the game sound direct from the device, too. We’d find it even more useful if we could just record whatever we wanted, but this seems like a good start.
The app is pretty straightforward – it can capture gameplay footage from your games as well as audio and video from your device’s front-facing camera for on-the-fly commentary. Once you have the said footage, Game Recorder+ allows you to quickly trim it and even upload the final creation to YouTube.
It works quite well, but, seeing how capturing video is a fairly resource-hungry process, there are some device limitations. It also comes as no surprise that Samsung has reserved access to the new app to its own Galaxy devices only. Game Recorder+ also has its own game optimization engine to reduce any possible frame drops while recording.
We are not really sure how arbitrary these limitations are, or, if any other device can support Game Recorder+, but, if such compatibility is possible, we are confident the good people over at XDA will figure a way to spread the joy. As far as game compatibility goes, the following limitations are in place:
Games from GALAXY Apps and Google Play are supported. If you do not see any of the games you have installed, you can manually register games from the list of installed apps and then record them. However, you cannot record games for which recording has been disabled at the developer’s request or applications that are not games. Perhaps these limitations can be avoided as well, but, for now, those are the conditions for using the app.
There are other features that should smooth out the whole experience.
A “game boost” feature reckons it’ll optimize your phone’s memory while you play, and a floating menu widget lets you start recording without having to pause the game and go back into the Game Recorder+ app if you were already playing.
Clips can be recorded in 1080p, edited/trimmed afterwards and uploaded to YouTube direct from the app.
There is, of course, a massive catch: as alluded to already, you have to own a Samsung device to use the app (currently Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 4, S5, Note 3, S4 and Note 2 handsets).