Google Play Games picking up ability to record videos

As Nintendo’s new interest in smartphone gaming should make clear, mobile gaming’s already a big deal that only promises to get bigger. And if you’re a company that’s even remotely connected to gaming, staying relevant means embracing smartphone and tablet users now, rather than playing catch-up later. Google’s working to stay ahead of the curve, and its recent efforts appear tied to the growing popularity among gamers of sharing their play with others. YouTube Gaming just gained the ability to stream mobile games live (pictured above), and now a similar feature is about to land for Google Play Games.

Rather than doing live streaming, Google Play Games is about to gain the ability to record local video of smartphone gaming sessions. In addition to recording the game you’re playing (in your choice of 720p and 480p resolutions), the app will also use your phone’s front-facing camera to allow you to interject some commentary.

The lack of live streaming affords users the opportunity to edit their clips before sharing them – which they can do through YouTube or the service of their choice.

Initial availability should come to users in the US and the UK soon, though we don’t have a precise date. Plans are also in motion to bring the feature to gamers in additional nations, but Google hasn’t yet shared details on where or when.

Source: The Verge

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