Looks like the Streaming wars are starting to heat up as Google and Youtube are now entering the arena. Several months ago Youtube had added 60fps playback which allowed games to upload their recorded footage and watch it at 60fps. Well now Youtube is supporting 60fps live streaming for both 720p and 1080p. On top of that, Google and Youtube will be working directly with Xsplit and Elgato to make sure that new versions of the Elgato Game Capture and Xsplit Broadcaster/Gamecaster will support new 60fps streaming option.
Now we want to help you take it even further with something new: 60fps live streaming, launching today as an early preview on HTML5-compatible browsers. 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. 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.
We know high frame rates are especially important for gaming streams, so we’ve worked with Elgato and XSplit on new versions of Elgato Game Capture, XSplit Broadcaster, and XSplit Gamecaster that support 60fps live streaming to YouTube, available for download starting today. In addition, any app using our live streaming API can add a new high frame rate flag to enable 60fps streaming. -Google
I for one am glad that Youtube is now getting into the live streaming arena, however there is no mention if other options such as OBS, Shadowplay, Avermedia or Hauppauge products will also support the 60fps live streaming option. We’ve reached out to Google to find out what their plans on for other alternatives to the Elgato and Xsplit.
Sadly I don’t own either Xsplit or an Elgato to try this out, but I plan on getting my hands on either one to test this soon.