You Can Now Stream Youtube Gaming At 60fps


When it was first announced that Youtube would support 60fps video play, it was a great step forward for the Youtube gaming community. Now you could show off a multitude of FPS, character action and fighting games to fans in the way they were intended, albeit with compression due to Youtube’s hosting capabilities. Now it appears as though Youtube will be taking that giant leap for the livestreaming aspect of the Youtube gaming community, as they have recently announced the launch of 60fps live streaming for all sorts of content on Youtube for HTML5-capable browsers.

Current versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer support HTML5 Youtube gaming streaming, with the strength of support for HTML5 represented in that order. For those who produce content on Youtube, the company has already worked with Elgato and XSplit to produce live streaming options and support as of the launch. Furthermore, HTML5 playback options have been implemented into these streams, allowing for users to rewind stream progress to start from where they missed out and increase up to 2x speed to catch up on progress.

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These options will open up a world of possibilities for Youtube gaming, while bringing welcome competition (for consumers) to Twitch. It’s been a long walk back since their copyright and stream delay debacles of last year, where users threatened to join new communities like Hitbox. Twitch has made strides to improve service in good faith, like options in beta to reduce Twitch delay. However, as someone who has covered many Nintendo directs and live stream events like E3, the ability to rewind streams in progress is a necessity to keep informed without missing a beat.

With 60fps live streams available on Youtube, we might see those who primarily upload on Youtube stay on the platform for streaming. When that starts happening in patterns, it will be interesting to see how Twitch would react.

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