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How to Capture Short Gameplay Recordings With MacOS Monterey

macOS Monterey added the ability to capture and save the last 15 seconds of gameplay by pressing and holding a specific button on a compatible game controller.

You can do this by pressing and holding the Share (or Create) button on a compatible game controller, such as the Xbox Series X/S controller or the PS5 DualSense. This means you don’t have to start and stop a screen recording during a game.

I prefer the PS5 DualSense (and haven’t tested the game recording feature on the Xbox controller). Apple sells it on its online store for US$69.95.

PS5 DualSense
PS5 DualSense

The PS5 DualSense pairs directly with your Mac (or iPad, iPhone, orApple TV) via Bluetooth. It’s compatible with thousands of controller-supported games, including those on Apple Arcade.

The Sony DualSense wireless controller charges via a standard USB Type-C input (cable not included). It requires a USB Battery Charging 1.2-compatible wall charger to charge, or standard USB 2.0 or 3.0 compatible port.

Apple describes the game recording feature as “a fantastic way for players to capture a great boss fight, an amazing combo move, or an epic failure.” The feature is also available on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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