60fps Videos On YouTube Have Arrived

By Ishaan . October 29, 2014 . 2:31pm


Earlier in the year, YouTube announced that it would begin to officially support 60fps videos, and Kotaku reports that this feature is now officially live, albeit only on Google’s own Chrome browser for the time being, and only in HD.


You can view a sample 60fps video above, featuring Mario Kart 8 gameplay. Prior to this, viewing video at 60fps on YouTube required a considerable amount of roundabout work on both the part of the uploader and the viewer. This is no longer the case, at least on Chrome.


Now that 60fps videos are a reality on YouTube, it should be interesting to see how content providers and publishers make use of the feature.

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  • The Snail Arcana

    About time!

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Ah, finally I was waiting for this for a while. At the same time I’ve recorded no new gameplay D:
    Huh, I’ve barely seen any gameplay for this game. It looks really nice. I bought my Wii U a month ago but school has me busy. Hope to play it when the holidays come around! Now I gotta decide what I can upload…

  • Mir Teiwaz

    inb4 “I can’t tell the difference”

    This video looks just fantastic. Can’t wait to see more in 60fps <3

  • Robert Hendrie

    From the uploader “From what I understand, it works only in Chrome & with HD (720p/1080p)” So if you aren’t using chrome you might not even be getting 60 FPS

    • Ruins72

      it’s not might, you’re just not…sigh. why it’s chrome only i have no idea

      • Google owns Youtube and Chrome. It’s probably has something to do with both the player and how the browser has to load the player.

        • Robert Hendrie

          Still all runs in flash. They are most likely doing it just to make people move over.
          I’ll let google be evil with their browser and be thankful for google fiber. slowly forcing internet speeds up.

          • I heard somewhere that Youtube was moving towards HTML5 players versus Flash. It could have something to do with that.

            Either way, I don’t think they’re doing it to be evil and force a switch. I think it’s more likely that they developed it to work on Chrome first and in order to work on other browsers they just need to get other browsers to acknowledge whatever change in code there was.

            I’ll be thankful for Google fiber the day it reaches out into the boonies where they have no reasonable internet and makes it so everyone has fast speeds :x

          • Robert Hendrie

            I was more joking about the evil thing. I think its more that flash is built in and they can control it much easier.
            I can’t wait for the day most the internet is moved away from the crappy out dated program that is flash.

    • Tenetan

      I can confirm it also works in Internet Explorer (at least 11+) so it’s not just Chrome. In fact I get even less frame drops in IE11 vs Chrome but not much difference.

      Would be intrested to know if Safari/Opera works if anyone have tested.

      • HarakiriKami

        Works in safari

  • Freakmasta

    Yes! Finally! This is the future!

  • kao

    I can’t tell the difference

    • TheGameTagerZ

      You can’t tell how buttery smooth it looks now….

      Step 1: Put it in HD
      Step 2: Full Screen
      Step 3: ????
      Result: 60fps

    • Woot Woot
    • HarakiriKami

      Because you didnt put the video in HD

      • kao

        yeah, I was watching this on my phone. but now that I compared both qualities the fps is not a big deal for me, I can only notice when they’re beside each other, most people who act like frames rates are make or break seem like the new graphic whores..

  • Heartlesswithaheart

    It wasn’t already in 60?

  • Brimfyre

    Damn that’s a beautiful game. I never really appreciate it while I’m playing.

  • Txu Zai

    I have to laugh at people who cant see the difference between 30 and 60fps, glasses, get some!

    • idrawrobots

      It’s probably not something glasses can fix.

    • Mainly because most people have never played a game running at 60fps, on top of the fact that some people don’t care.

      • dam4rus

        this. they should try Mario Kart 8 in single player, than try it with 3-4 player split screen. it feels like a different game…

  • E.T.993

    …*sarcasm*So Youtube uses Mario Kart 8 as AN EXAMPLE for a 60 fps video? Not a REAL GAME FILLED WITH REALISM like Titanfall, Watchdogs, The Last Of Us(definitive edition), Destiny, or even GTA V. What utter bullshit is this!? Don’t these people know what REAL games are? *end of sarcasm* In an honesty, that looks nice.

    • dam4rus

      Well, since you can upload Mario Kart 8 replays directly to Youtube from the game, there is probably some partnership between Nintendo and Google. Also, half of these games are 30 fps anyway. Yeah, it’s really sweet. I’m so used to 60 fps gaming on my PC and Wii U (and not on next gen consoles… go figure), that it’s hard for me to look at something at 30 fps. Thanks Google!

  • Tenetan

    Thanks for the tip, just uploaded a video to test with and yep, Finally 60 FPS!


    • HarakiriKami

      I cant tell if this is 60fps or not. The video keeps stuttering at 720p 60fps ;-;

  • James Robert Thompson

    How long before someone uploads Electric Soldier Porygon?

  • SupaPhly

    If niconico can easily make 60fps avaliable on all recent browsers, why can’t youtube?
    no ways I’m going to quit firefox

    • For starters, the amount of data being streamed in a 60fps video is greater. Think of the millions and millions of people that access YouTube every single minute of every single day. Getting the infrastructure in place for 60fps to be accessible across the world isn’t something that’s easily achieved.

      NicoNico, unlike YouTube, caters to a very small population. Additionally, a lot of NND content is gated off behind subscription fees. The vast majority of times that you want to watch a livestream, you require a NicoNico subscription, which puts money in their pockets.

      It would actually be very interesting to see what the profit margins on the two services are like, relative to the amount of people that use them every day.

      • sidspacewalker

        This is a surprisingly agreeable argument.

  • Desk

    That’s some smooth jazz

    • CptPokerface

      You mean ” that’s some smooth jazz, baby”. Gotta be more dandy than that bro.

      • Desk
        • CptPokerface

          Don’t feel bad, you were always dandy enough. As for that awful meow and QT..well….yeah I’d want to die too.

  • Beautiful. Although now it forces me to try and make my vids 60 FPS.

  • CptPokerface

    This may he the first time I’ve actually seen 60fps footage. I can at least understand why it’s such a priority among gamers these days when seen in action, especially for a gorgeous game like this.

    • James Robert Thompson

      The graphics are less a priority, it’s more the action; many game require single frame reaction (and sometimes exploits) for optimal usage, speed-runs or competitive play so having smooth, manageable frame-rates is the key. Many gaming monitors can now handle 120, but 60 is still standard because you can follow it more easily.

      • CptPokerface

        Ah that’s true, especially for fighting games. You’re seeing more going on that you can react to properly.

      • Evan Groman


        • darke

          Good grief; people were saying that 30 was standard because the eye can’t follow 60 until the latest generation of consoles.

          The human eye can follow 120fps. I’ve seen a 120fps monitor, it wasn’t big enough a difference for me to care about the price increase, but it was a noticeable difference.

          The human eye is a wonderful piece of engineering that will quite happily do things that people, who know nothing, will say are impossible on the internet. >.<

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          my eye can follow 100+ fps just fine. stop with the non sense

        • HarakiriKami

          No. 60 is the standard because monitors refresh at 60hz.

          Games are 30 fps because they fit in the 60hz refresh rate.

    • pokeroi

      I usually don’t care about the difference between 30fps and 60fps, until the day I played my first truly 60fps games, and the world is not the same again…

      • CptPokerface

        Certainly smooths things out quite a bit, that much is for certain. Still, if a game is just legitimately fun to play, i can still rock with 30. Fun comes first, everything else is a bonus. At least, that’s how I look at it.

  • Fronkhead

    Neat, Mario Kart really sings at 60fps, and I might be able to follow what’s going on in F Zero GX videos now!

    Real shame it’s Chrome only though, especially when I’m used to getting 60fps on my phone’s browser out of select HTML5 video Eurogamer may put up.

  • Keiji Johnson

    Sweet! Now I can fully enjoy Maximillion’s Killer Instinct videos the way it’s meant to be seen.

  • AuraGuyChris

    The drawback is that you need Chrome to see the difference. Every other browser is screwed so you might as well download Chrome and watch Youtube videos at 60fps.

    Can all people use the feature at all? I suppose older videos before the feature was implemented didn’t get the option.

    • HarakiriKami

      safari is fine

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    I only have Safari and Firefox.

  • Perro


  • Rinku

    This is pretty nice.
    Now i can preview gameplay of games in hd and 60fps, almost exactly as they will appear on my tv when i decide to buy them : )

  • Sion12

    Actually is there any real reason for Firefox only able to do 720/360/240P?

    • lolcatz6657

      Chrome > Firefox.

      • Haganeren

        Google owns Youtube.
        Google owns Chrome.

        That’s all we need to know…

        • lolcatz6657

          It’s an obvious fact that Chrome is superior to FF in every single way.

          • Evan Groman

            Why do you say that? I find that Firefox is more comfortable for me personally, and even if there’s any serious differences between the two, they’re negligible.

            also I’m pretty against google taking over the world in general and wanting me to have their account for everything, so I’m less inclined to use a browser by them

          • Haganeren

            Not in customization and speed from what i see…. Well, not on privacy either. (Which is the main point why i don’t use it to be honest)

          • HarakiriKami

            No it in user features

        • Tenetan

          Then why does [email protected] FPS works fine in example Internet Explorer? The truth is that Firefox struggle to playback 720p properly at 30 FPS, it use to much resources for this, the main reason Youtube did not suppot 60 FPS for it.

          Firefox might be a good browser, but it’s actually the slowest one on the market for the moment by quite a large margin.

          • Haganeren

            Just made some research… Apparently not.


            Internet Explorer is the quicker (in Windows 8.1 anyway), then Firefox, then Chrome. Even if it have changed since march, i doubt it’s really significant.

            … And are you saying it is this Youtube video in particular can be viewed in 1080p60fps on Internet Explorer ?… Didn’t see it, but if you wanted to said that Internet Explorer already have support for independent html5 1080p60fps video and not firefox…. Sure ! You’re right, Firefox is late on the implementation of this.

            But here, having Youtube showing video “only on Chrome” seems like an obvious political move from google to me.

    • darke

      Yes, there’s a real reason: they’re most likely doing a staged roll out like everything else they do.

      Their android/iOS apps are probably still only on 30p as well.

  • Atmey

    Now I need media for my dream monitor, 144hz G-sync QHD asus

  • Linkmstr


  • Daniel Rossevelt

    Now could someone please put up a comparison video?

    • lelamquan184

      Just watch it with 480p first, then rewatch with 720p 60fps. I was curious as well about the differences but when I tried 720p 60fps, it was a blast

      • HarakiriKami

        Just dont watch it in 1080p will murder your bandwidth and the video will stutter/wont play

  • Haganeren

    Only on Chrome eh…
    The war of Internet Browser is certainly not a nice one…

    • darke

      It’s probably only because it’s a hack in progress. You don’t think google would lock out it’s youtube app on android right?

      If people keep crying wolf like this over what’s clearly yet another of google’s tests, when they do do sneezy things no-one’s going to care.

      • Haganeren

        Android Browser… It’s another architecture i guess so… Why not.

        Other PC Browser, i don’t know, really, when you have the same company owning everything, you can’t help to be suspicious.

  • pokeroi

    I’m pretty sure that video is 60fps on safari on my mac…

    • HarakiriKami

      It is

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    60fps is so smooth that i always need to rest my eyes a little before playing something that runs below since it feels really unconfortable to my eyes. almost the same thing happens if I go to a game that is running at 120fps and I go play something at 60, however my eyes adapt way more quickly to the 60fps drop. I’m really glad that the days of ‘REALLY low quality image at 60 fps on NND” or “high quality image at 30 fps on YT’ days have ended.

    last sunday I played CSGO at 120fps on a friend’s house and it was TOO GOOD. after that I went to play The Evil Within when I arived home and the game was unplayable

    • HarakiriKami

      Its like everything is running in slow mo at third of the speed

    • Nel Arrancar

      i remember when 60fps was only avalible in 240p back in the days and they ended that around feb 2009 and 5 years later it’s improved i wish it was like that in all resolution.

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        I think that it will be avaible to all resolutions. Google is only focusing on HD ones right now to push chrome

        • Nel Arrancar

          i know im just waiting for it

  • RagingTiger44

    (Video start)
    Me: I don’t see the difference…

    (720p /w 60 fps kicks in)

    Me: Oh shit that’s looks so much better!!

    I can see why some people make a big deal out of this.

  • isotrex

    720p 60fps is so smooth it’s like getting wrapped up in a sleeping bag and lather butter all over and slide around the kitchen floor pretending to be a slug.

  • Aristides

    I wonder how long it will take for someone to post boobs juggling at 60fps on youtube. lol people will do anything to climb up to a million views these days.

  • Namuro

    Ooh! This is pretty nifty!

  • artemisthemp

    I though YouTube support 60fps already

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