YouTube announced plans to offer support for videos that run at 60 fps at the beginning of the year. Apparently, this would make a huge difference when one is viewing video game footage. Today, the popular video network rolls out the new service just as it has planned: 60 fps playback support, guaranteed.
To experience videos at 60 fps, users have to ensure that the videos are played in 720p HD or 1080p Full HD quality. This way users can see the huge difference brought by the new support. Moreover, those who are uploading videos should make sure that the videos are recorded at 60 fps since the feature does not convert 30 fps videos into 60 fps.
To see the added support in action, users can start to view a number of videos that are now running at 60 fps. These would include the Titanfall gameplay, Video Game High School Season 2 trailer, Battlefield Hardline multiplayer trailer and a World Record Mario Kart 8 run. For best results, users are encouraged to watch the videos in 720p or 1080p via Google Chrome.
It is not clear if the new support has browser incompatibility issues. The safe bet would be to use Chrome when watching the videos. Another browser that works just fine is Safari.
It is also not clear if YouTube would be changing the older videos to make them viewable under the 60 fps support. However, this would unlikely happen considering the number of videos uploaded in YouTube.
The 60 fps playback definitely creates a major difference when one is watching video game footage and fast-moving animation videos. Though the recently rolled out support works on certain browsers in the PC, the experience may not be the same when the videos are watched on the phone.
It's been several years now that Google caps the videos at 30 fps. While it is true that it works fine for most of the video contents on YouTube, the new video format brings a noticeable difference to game clips viewing. When users are playing a Wii U, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 through their television, the frame rate is usually much higher compared with the one displayed in YouTube. However, things have now changed with the newly added playback support.
Videos in 60 fps are scarce at the moment. Apart from the videos that were previously mentioned, other videos that exhibit 60 fps playback include Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze and Skyrim. Hopefully, more publishers will now place videos in higher frame rates since YouTube can now provide viewing support.