Video streaming platform Twitch has said that its service is in line for a much wanted quality boost.
The Amazon-owned company has said that it will soon be rolling out 1080p/60fps video support. Its previous 3.5 megabit bitrate limit is also being increased, with the new recommended number sitting at between three and six megabits. This effectively means that each frame can contain more information, providing an image quality boost. This will be of particular benefit to fast moving titles.
Rolling out now is a new set of quality options, with viewers being able to more finely tune their experience.
Streamers can find out if their channels have been upgraded by heading into Twitch Inspector and looking for a ‘Transcode V2' indicator. All channels should be upgraded in the coming weeks.
Once you have access your viewers will be able to open the video settings menu and find more p's than a plate of pepperoni pizza,” the company said. Twitch Inspector is about more than just quality options, though. It lets you monitor and troubleshoot your stream stability and run test streams before you go live so your viewers will have the best experience possible.
If you're new to streaming, or even if you've been doing it for years, it can be difficult to know what video quality your hardware and your internet connection can handle, or what your broadcast software settings mean.
Remember: with great power comes great responsibility. Just because you can stream at 1080p and higher bitrates doesn't necessarily mean you should. It's better to have a stable stream at a lower resolution or bitrate than a higher quality stream that makes you drop frames. If you're unsure, check out our streaming guide and use Twitch Inspector. We promise not to lead you astray.”