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YouTube takes aim at Twitch with 1080p, 60FPS streaming

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Streaming is a massive part of gaming culture today. Whether it’s to watch competitive matches of Dota, Counter Strike or Call of Duty, or simply to watch someone else play a game for you, there’s a streamer out there doing it. They primarily exist on Twitch, the go to hub of everything live and gaming. That might not be the case soon though, as another massive player is now staking their claim in the online space.

YouTube has been flirting with online streaming for a while now, but has also stumbled behind Twitch’s ability to push out 60FPS video – which is almost a must for a lot of competitive game spectating. That changed yesterday, as the Google-owned service not only let loose 60FPS streaming, but also at glorious 1080p. A touch above what Twitch is capable of doing right now.

YouTube’s solution also allows viewers to jump back int any point of the stream, and even increase the playback up to 1.5x in case you’re really eager to catch up to live. These are all improvements over Twitch – although that doesn’t mean the race is won yet. Twitch has something which YouTube will only start to work on now – a large, loyal community with massive corporate backing.

Until YouTube nabs exclusivity rights to something along the lines of The International, it’s probably going to struggle to make any dent in Twitch’s armor. Twitch has been playing this game for years, and with essentially no rivals in the same business. YouTube might be offering a superior technical service for now – but how long until Twitch just catches up?

Still, giving smaller streamers a different platform to make their own is not a bad thing. It’s difficult to compete with the more established channels on the same service – so who knows, there could be more YouTube faces claiming some fame soon too.

Last Updated: May 22, 2015

12 Comments

  1. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 22, 2015 at 13:09

    Still really, REALLY do not see the point of this…

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 22, 2015 at 13:29

      You’re pointless!

      Reply

      • RinceTheElfRoot

        May 22, 2015 at 13:35

        You’re roundless!

        Reply

        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          May 22, 2015 at 13:38

          You shut up! I am very round! Wait… O_o GODDAMNIT!

          Reply

  2. Gerhard Davids

    May 22, 2015 at 13:10

    Youtube has another thing twitch does not.
    A much… much larger CDN. Meaning faster streams from more locations. Less need for transcoding with lower delay between streamer and viewer.

    If they manage to get a couple of decent teams streaming and grab some big events we might have a race on our hands.

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    • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

      May 22, 2015 at 13:47

      What ever happened to valve streaming?

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      • Gerhard Davids

        May 22, 2015 at 14:26

        It’s there.. not so much a mass media thing than a “watch your friends” thing. I have no idea what valves plans are but so far it ain’t much.

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  3. James Anderton

    May 22, 2015 at 13:16

    One of the biggest complaints I’ve seen from YouTubers that want to use it, instead of Twitch, is that the donation/subscription sucks for YouTube.

    On Twitch, its right in your face and you can give benefits to people that sub to your channel.

    YouTube has nothing like that.

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  4. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    May 22, 2015 at 13:42

    Didn’t google buy twitch?

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  5. z1n

    May 24, 2015 at 10:07

    Please go home Youtube. You’re horribly to use.

    Reply

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