Nvidia has offered extra capture functionality for users of Nvidia GPUs for some time, thanks to GeForce Experience. It allows you to easily capture screenshots and gameplay with the touch of a button – and now it’s easier than ever, thanks to the introduction of ShadowPlay Highlights.
ShadowPlay Highlights will automatically capture anything worthy of sharing with friends, from killstreaks to achievements and more. So, how do you use Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights? Sit tight and read on.
What is Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights?
Before we go into detail about how you can use Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights, let’s first explain what it does. Nvidia launched ShadowPlay Highlights in early 2017, and offered a way for developers to integrate the functionality which captures key moments – like double or triple kills on PUBG – and saves them for sharing with friends and family. Perfect for those unplanned epic moments when you weren’t using your game recording equipment!
The best part is that the functionality is fully automated. The best moments of your game are identified and captured automatically, from the completion of achievements to the defeat of tough bosses and even high kill streaks, it all depends on the game. This allows you to concentrate on what’s most important: the gameplay.
Once the game is finished, you’ll be presented with the automatically captured clips in the form of a carosel via the GeForce Experience overlay. You can easily share the best via social media and delete the rest to save precious hard drive space.
The only downside? Somewhat obviously, Nvidia’s ShadowPlay Highlights requires GeForce Experience for PC, which in turn requires a Nvidia-powered GPU. That means those that rely on internal graphics or those manufactured by AMD won’t be able to take advantage of the automatic capture functionality.
Interested in what else Nvidia offers? Take a look at how to use Nvidia Ansel, the company’s in-game photo tool.
Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights-supported games
While the technology is a breakthrough for those that want to share epic moments of gameplay with friends online, the list of supported games isn’t very long right now. In fact, at the time of writing, only two games support Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights:
How do I use Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights?
So, if you’ve got a compatible Nvidia graphics card and a compatible game installed, how do you use Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights? First up, make sure you’re running the latest version of Nvidia GeForce Experience along with the latest GPU drivers.
You should also make sure that the GeForce Experience In-Game Overlay is enabled in the GeForce Experience Settings menu, along with the Highlights functionality (press Alt+Z when in-game and go to Settings cog > Highlights).
Oh, and for some reason, if you’re playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, you’ll also need to enable Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights from the Graphics Settings menu.
- Play your Nvidia ShadowPlay Highlights-supported game and do something capture-worthy, be it take down a powerful boss or wipe an enemy squad.
- When you’ve performed an impressive attack, you’ll get a notification in the top-right of your display letting you know that a highlight has been saved.
- Once the game is over, you can access your new highlights in the post-game lobby by clicking on the dedicated highlights button in the bottom-right of the display. If you don’t see the icon, you haven’t captured any highlights.
- From here, you can view, save and upload the various highlights you’ve captured.
You can also set storage limits so your highlights don’t take up all the space on your HDD. To do this, press Alt+Z to access the GeForce overlay, click Settings > Highlights and select your preferred limit.