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YouTube today announced videos can now be viewed at 60 frames per second (fps) on Android and iOS. This change is being made server-side, meaning you don’t need to update your app to see the higher-quality videos.
On October 29, YouTube quietly turned on 60fps support for videos uploaded on that date and later, but only on the desktop site, which requires using YouTube’s HTML5 player (the site ditched Flash for HTML5 by default in January). Clips uploaded before that date remain at 30fps, while new videos shot at 60fps play back at their proper framerate.
To be clear, 60fps support on Android and iOS is just for videos, not livestreams. YouTube’s desktop site added support for 60fps livestreams in May but Google has yet to talk about the same support coming to mobile.
If you haven’t seen these higher-quality videos yet, check out the example YouTube points to above. Below, we opened up this video on YouTube for Android to show you the new 60fps options.
60fps is great for fast-action videos, but it’s particularly awesome for video games. Today’s update is part of an ongoing war YouTube has started waging against Twitch, the current live-streaming king in gaming and e-sports.