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YouTube now supports gaming-focused 60fps livestreams in HTML5 browsers

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This week, YouTube launched a new, gaming-focused way to watch videos online: 60 frames per second live streaming, which is available now as "an early preview on HTML5-compatible browsers," according to a post on the YouTube Partners & Creators Blog.

"When you start a live stream on YouTube at 60fps, we'll transcode your stream into 720p60 and 1080p60, which means silky smooth playback for gaming and other fast-action videos," the post reads. "We'll also make your stream available in 30fps on devices where high frame rate viewing is not yet available, while we work to expand support in the coming weeks."

YouTube worked with Elgato and XSplit to create software to support the new 60 fps streaming capabilities. Launching the HTML5 player will also let users skip back in livestreams and watch at 1.5 or 2x to catch back up.