YouTube announced on Thursday during the keynote speech at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show that gamers will be able to livestream games directly from their Android devices on its new YouTube Gaming platform.
Very little details about the Android gaming livestream were shared, but users won't need to download an additional app or hardware.
It is not yet known when gamers will be able to livestream their sessions from an Android-based smartphone or tablet, but the ability to upload an audio video while gaming while on-the-go will come as exciting news to many gamers. Users can record video commentary while playing a game using their smartphone or tablet's front-facing camera or record clips of themselves playing to upload at a later time.
YouTube chose the Tokyo Game Show to make this announcement because of how popular gaming is in the country. It was also announced that the YouTube Gaming app will launch in Japan as well, with it being the first market that will include Android functionality.
"Japan's mobile games define its gaming culture, far more so than in other countries," YouTube's Global Head of Gaming Partnerships, Ryan Wyatt, said. "This trend shows there's a real need for gamers to easily share what's on their screen with the gaming community, as it happens."
Japan will be the first non-English language-speaking country in which YouTube Gaming will launch. The platform was released in the U.S. and UK last month.
Wyatt also revealed that the Google-owned video sharing platform is also working on a record and upload feature that will be integrated into Google Play Games. This would make streaming videos while playing mobile games on Android devices simple for users of all ages.
The YouTube Gaming app and website provides a personalized experienced for users based on what games they specifically enjoy. Users are able to upload and stream live videos, as well as view other gaming-related content from over 25,000 game pages and even more channels such as tips, tricks and content from popular gaming YouTubers.
YouTube recently improved streaming abilities so that videos stream in 1080p at 60 frames per second for a high-quality viewing experience.
The YouTube Gaming app is available to download for free for iOS and Android.