Recording your PC gameplay has never been the easiest and with the arrival of HTC Vive, capturing game footage has got significantly harder. Due to the design of the headset, which outputs two separate images to each lens, recording directly from the HTC Vive's video output isn't a viable setup.
Thanks to some handy software bundled within SteamVR, most HTC Vive titles are able to output a representation of your HTC Vive's display on-screen. This usually appears when starting any virtual reality titles and will be used as a source when capturing through the methods below.
Recording your HTC Vive with Windows 10
With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has made an effort to unify its established Xbox console with their overarching ecosystem. As a part of this, Windows 10 introduced a built-in 'Game Bar' to easily capture PC game footage and screenshots. This is a simple solution that requires no additional software.
- Launch a game of your choice.
- When the game mirror appears on your desktop, press the Windows Key + G simultaneously to open the Windows 10 Game Bar.
- Use the on-screen controls to start recording a clip.
By default, these will save in your Videos folder, under a subfolder named Captures
Recording your HTC Vive with older versions of Windows
For those without Windows 10, the lack of an in-built screen recorder adds an extra barrier to overcome. While hundreds of screen recorders are available for Windows, we've chosen OBS Studio as an easy and accessible recording solution. Following the steps below, you can access you can save your footage locally or stream it online.
- Install OBS Studio.
- Open OBS Studio.
- Click the '+' button under the Sources section.
- On the following window, select your game from the drop-down list (pictured above).
- Click Start Recording to start capturing your gameplay.
By default, OBS Studio saves video captures to your Videos folder in .flv format. This and other preferences can be tweaked inside the OBS Studio's settings
And with that, you should be able to record your gameplay quickly and efficiently. As always, there are other methods to record which may be more suited towards your setup, but our chosen solutions are the most universally accessible. It should be noted that this will put additional load on your PC and may affect your headset's performance on lower-end hardware.