With a surge of players interested in recording gameplay and uploading it for others to watch online, it isn't just console manufacturers making plans for this space -- graphics card companies are exploring recording options too.
Nvidia will launch the GeForce ShadowPlay beta on October 28, allowing certain GeForce graphics card users to automatically record video games on the fly.
As part of the GeForce Experience toolset, ShadowPlay uses an on-board H.264 encoder built into GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series cards to save the last twenty minutes of action to a temporary buffer on your hard drive.
Players can then choose to save the footage to a permanent file at any time, and even upload directly to YouTube. Videos can be recorded at any resolution up for 1920 x 1080, and at 60 frames per second.
Nvidia is keen to stress that while this functionality is running, users will only experience a 5-10 percent performance impact. There will also be a manual record mode available for those players who want to record specific parts of play.
The company says that it will also introduce Twitch live-streaming in a future update, allowing players to stream their gameplay online.
This functionality is similar to that found in the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, which will also allow players to pause play and upload the last 10 minutes or so of gameplay footage online.
More details can be found on the GeForce website