The YouTube mobile app will now support 60-frame-per-second (FPS) videos. YouTube launched its first 8K footage last month, and the company is paving the way for high-quality (and high bit rate) online video streaming.
The new update, which was announced first on a Google+ YouTube Creators page post, boasts the visual upgrade, announcing proudly, “HFR FTW! High frame rate playback is available on the YouTube App for both Android and iOS.” This newest addition to the mobile platform puts YouTube’s app in line with the versions of the service that are available on desktop PCs, the Apple TV, as well as the PlayStation 3 and Playstation 4 consoles.
Although the feature will work on any iOS or Android device with the newly updated YouTube app, you’ll have to select the option to see it in 60FPS. To do so, simply change the quality to either 720p60 or 1080p60. For now, the following video is one of the few that offers the option for mobile devices.
Streaming video at 60FPS demands more processing power from mobile devices, which is something YouTube will surely consider in the backwards compatibility of the feature in its app. Currently, those with Windows Phones can’t view 60FPS videos in the mobile app or mobile Web browser.
When YouTube first launched 60FPS video in 2014, only a few video game trailers took the plunge and produced the high-frame-rate videos. In May of this year, YouTube added 60FPS support for live streaming and Twitch. Now, everything from talk shows to endless GoPro videos are available in 60FPS to keep up with the times. Seeing as most cameras and even some drones can record videos at high frame rates, it’s no surprise that there are so many YouTube videos with the 60FPS option available.