If you ever wondered when you’ll be able to watch crisp and clear videos while on the go and outside the comfort of your own home, Google-powered Youtube now supports 60 frames-per-second resolution for apps that utilize Android and iOS.
In October of last year, Youtube made 60fps available for video playback over desktop. Over one month ago, live streaming through the HTML 5 player was also configured to deliver a 60fps resolution.
Now users with HD-enabled smartphones or tablets can also view their selections with stark? and fluid detail. Youtube Creators announced the news on their page, “Higher frame rate playback is available on the Youtube app for Android and iOS.”
When a video stream enters the application at 60fps, Youtube automatically transcodes it into either 720p60 or 1080p60 streams. While the upgrade is currently available only for uploaded videos, it cannot apply 60fps for live streaming over devices. For now. Users who do not have 60 fps resolution in their devices do not need to panic, as Youtube offers yet another assurance: “We’ll also make your stream available in 30fps on devices where high frame rate viewing is not available, while we work to expand support in the coming weeks.”
Gamers are also primary targets of the upgrade, as Google has worked closely with game-capture software vendors to deliver a resolution that is not only realistic but also interactive. Youtube told Venturebeat that this was a collaborative effort: “We know high frame rates are important for gaming streams, so we worked with Elgato and XSplit on new version of Elgato Game Capture, XSplit Broadcaster, and XSplit Gamecaster that support 60fps live streaming to Youtube.”
Despite Youtube’s firm foundation in Google and its huge growth potential, new and capable competitors around the corner such as Bing are still able to lay claim to their share of the market. The navigational tools in Bing are handy and interactive, giving users search options that go beyond their immediate preferences while Youtube’s interface is pretty straightforward.
Google did mention that “there are plenty” more live streaming improvements along the way, so users will just have to stay tuned for clearer resolutions.