As YouTube has provided support for 60fps in its videos over the last several months, the company’s aggressive look toward expanding its role in the eSports and live-streaming space has reached a new level with some notable new additions and changes in the coming months.
Over on YouTube’s official “Creators” blog, the company announced that support for 60fps video has been added to live-streaming, allowing smoother playback with gaming streams in mind alongside other fast-paced videos with lots of motion and action. The new 60fps feature in live streams is available starting today in an early preview for HTML5-capable browsers, while the feature will be rolled out to others in the near future.
The new feature will allow YouTube to transcode live-streamed footage to both 720p60 or 1080p60, while streams will continue to be provided in 30fps “on devices where high frame rate viewing is not yet available, while we work to expand support in the coming weeks.”
In addition to its new features specifically looking toward the gaming market, YouTube also announced its collaboration with both Elgato and XSplit to provide new versions of several popular broadcasting software, including Elgato Game Capture, XSplit Broadcaster, and XSplit Gamecaster, to provide updates capable of supporting 60fps live-streaming to YouTube, with new versions available to download starting today.
In a final note, YouTube also announced that HTML5 playback for live-streaming is also being added as of this week, where live-streams through YouTube can be played back in HTML5 through supported browsers. HTML5 playback will also provide variable playback speeds, allowing users to either skip backward during a stream to catch missed moments or to watch at 1.5/2x speed to catch up during a live-stream.
These changes all definitely point to YouTube’s expansion into the world of live-streaming and gaming-focused video content, though rumors have indicated that YouTube does plan to provide details of a new program at E3 2015 to further bring it into the live-streaming world.