YouTube live streamers can now broadcast at 60 FPS

Twitch may be the biggest name in live streaming these days, but YouTube is taking steps to make its own service more appealing. After adding 60 FPS playback support a while back, YouTube is now previewing 60 FPS streaming at 720p and 1080p resolutions.

The new streaming platform is blessedly built on HTML5, so you'll need a compatible browser in order to stream at the higher frame rate. A new HTML5 stream player is also available, and it supports neat features like variable-speed playback. YouTube says viewers can skip backward in a stream while it's live, then crank things up to 1.5x or 2x speeds in order to catch up to the latest action.

Streaming software providers Elgato and XSplit have updated their apps to support YouTube's new platform. Compatible versions of each company's software should be available for download today.

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