YouTube has made live streaming even faster to improve the gaming and live video experience.
Live streaming on YouTube just got supercharged. Only a few months after the video mecca unveiled 60fps video playback it has brought those same speeds to live streaming.
The company made the announcement in a blog post on the YouTube partners and creators blog. The new 60fps live streaming has launched as a preview on HTML5-compatible browsers.
In addition to the high speed, YouTube will also be facilitating live streaming in 720p60 and 1080p60 for even smoother playback and more enjoyable viewing.
The latest upgrade comes as a logical and needed step in YouTube’s plans to enter the live gaming space. The Google property announced several months ago that the YouTube Live section of the video platform will transition to feature gaming events. That includes live broadcasts of major gaming contests as well as letting users play against one another in real-time.
To support 60fps live streaming, YouTube worked with Elgato on a new version of Elgato Game Capture, and with XSplit on new versions of XSplit Broadcaster and XSplit Gamecaster so that both will work seamlessly with the higher frame rate.
To go with the speed boost, YouTube has also added an HTML5 playback feature for live streams. Now, users with supported browsers can watch live streams using an HTML5 player. The player supports variable speed playback, so it’s now possible to rewind a stream and watch at 1.5x or 2x to catch up to the live action.
The changes are needed improvements to YouTube live and necessary in order to make real inroads in the live gaming scene. More improvements will be needed, though, to make YouTube Live a place that has content users find compelling.