YouTube upgrades live streaming to 60fps

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 25 May 2015

YouTube is bumping up its quality game with the launch of 60fps live streaming in HTML5 browsers.

The video giant launched 60fps video playback on YouTube a few months ago, but the upgrade for live streaming will enhance a whole new set of video functions, especially gaming. Now, when a user starts a live stream on YouTube at 60fps, it will be automatically transcoded into 720p60 and 1080p60. Streams will also be made available in 30fps on devices where high frame rate viewing is not yet supported.

"From game walkthroughs to superbike racing, you've found all sorts of awesome ways to make use of higher frame rates," said Alan Joyce, YouTube product manager, in a blog post. "Now we want to help you take it even further with something new: 60fps live streaming, launching today as an early preview on HTML5-compatible browsers." He said the move promises "silky smooth playback for gaming and other fast-action videos".

YouTube has also inked a deal with Elgato and XSplit to provide versions of Elgato Game Capture, XSplit Broadcaster and XSplit Gamecaster that support 60fps. And, any app using the live streaming API can add a new high frame rate flag.

In addition to the 60fps news, Google's video darling has also added HTML5 playback, so that YouTube live streams will use an HTML5 player in supported browsers.

"And because our HTML5 player supports variable speed playback, you can skip backward in a stream while it's live and watch at 1.5x or 2x speed to catch back up," explained Joyce, adding that there will be additional improvements announced in the months to come.