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Android Users Can Now Record And Publish Their Video Gameplay From The Google Play Games App.

Once you get the update, you’ll notice a new record button within the Play Games app; tap that to capture your gameplay in 720p or 480p. Google is doubling down on its investment in its Twitch competitor, YouTube Gaming, with today’s launch of a new feature in its Google Play Games app that will allow users to record and share their best moments directly from their favorite mobile games.

On the heels of adding live Android game streaming to the YouTube Gaming app, Google has announced that it’s adding video-uploading capabilities to its gaming app. The feature, clearly, is meant to help Google increase the amount of video game-related content housed on YouTube – content which now has its own dedicated mobile application, thanks to this summer’s debut of YouTube Gaming. The recordings support both 480p and 720p quality; you can also turn on your device’s microphone and front-facing camera to record commentary and reactions simultaneously. It’ll be available first in the US and UK, with support in more countries coming “soon after.” If this sounds a lot like Google’s last game streaming announcement, that’s because it is.

This update will introduce a whole new audience to the idea of making videos, since this makes the tools more readily available and easier to use than ever. The obvious difference is that this isn’t streaming anything live, so players will capture their game, clip the section they want with the app’s basic editing options, and then upload it to YouTube.

The video-sharing site first announced the new Mobile Capture feature for YouTube Gaming at the Tokyo Game Show in September, and it arrived earlier this month. To illustrate how popular this video content has become, the company also points out that some channels, like VanossGaming and TobyGames, generate millions of views – numbers that equate to those of famous Hollywood celebs or musicians.

Besides simply being a library of installed titles and a gaming-specific version of the Play Store, it shows achievements and leaderboards, lets users find matches for multiplayer games, and displays friends’ profiles. When you tap to select one of the apps from the list, the Info screen shows you how much space the app takes and how much space files related to that particular app consume. For example, a third-party camera app may take up only about 80 megabytes of room, but the photos you have snapped with it might be sitting on two gigabytes of your iPhone’s available space.

That means, for now, no livestreaming, and it also means surfacing important information. “We tell the user how much storage they have left,” said Curtis. “For a lot of users, that’s a big issue, so we want to be upfront with them.” Also in the spirit of giving gamers control, Play Games doesn’t lockdown recordings to YouTube. Deleting photos, videos, old podcasts and other files you do not need, uninstalling apps you never use or offloading items you want to keep to online storage sites can help clear your phone.

That being said, rival Twitch, now owned by Amazon, has the potential for deeper platform integrations as well, and has already established itself as the go-to destination for video game streams, gaming competitions and as a place to check out new games ahead of purchase. Developers don’t need to install anything — although, if they choose to, studios can add the capability for players to start a recording from within the game instead of having to tap over to Play Games. YouTube says that 144 billion minutes of gaming videos and livestreams are watched on the platform, so any way they can come up with to get more content there is great for them.

I asked Google if it plans to enable developers to quickly plug these clips into a Play Store page, and Curtis said that is something his team is considering. When it was released, Microsoft Office 2013 included integration with SkyDrive, Microsoft’s online file storage service that is now known as OneDrive.

Following this release, Google says it will also soon launch an SDK for developers, so they can build the gameplay recording functionality right in their own apps and games. TIP OF THE WEEK Thanks to a bigger screen, browsing the Google Play Store from your computer’s browser can be a more efficient way to research and compare possible apps for your Android device — and you can even buy and install new apps you find right from your computer without having to pick up your phone or tablet.

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