In June of this year, video-sharing giant YouTube announced plans to support video playback at 60 frames per second (fps). An ante that would surely revolutionize footage of video games uploaded to the site, and has long since been awaited by video game fans who like to upload clips of their gameplay.
The Google-owned search engine now allows videos to run at a much smoother 60 frames per second, compared to a somewhat jittery 30 fps. The change in visual quality is clearly noticeable, especially when comparing footage of first person shooters and racing games.
A host of videos have been uploaded to the sharing site that showcase the difference between 30 and 60 fps side by side, and the disparity is jaw-dropping!
Gone are the days of dropped frames in your ‘Grand Theft Auto’ walkthrough clips. Counter-Strike replay videos can finally keep up with actual in-game action. Never miss a spell in your favorite Dota 2 highlight.
Besides games, this upgrade applies to all videos shot and uploaded at 60 fps; be they fast-paced sports replays, cute animal videos, or even ice bucket challenges… everything will be smoother and more lifelike.
Allowing video playback at 60 fps is a step in the right direction, particularly if YouTube ever wants to compete with video streaming giant Twitch, a site which is transforming live gaming footage into a lucrative spectator sport. Google was initially interested in buying out the live streaming titan but was undercut by Amazon who shelled out nearly $1 billion to get there first.
To watch videos in 60fps all you need is a compatible browser, a 60 fps capable video, and to select the HD 720p60 or 1080p60 option of the video. Currently 60 fps support is only available on desktop browsers Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and a test version of Firefox called ‘Nightly’. According to YouTube, support for other platforms such as mobile apps and gaming consoles will come later.
YouTube has been steadily upgrading the quality of video on its site, including support for uploading 4K video and watching live-stream HD footage. Although people were able to upload 60 fps videos to YouTube for years, playback was always capped at 30 fps… That is, until now!