YouTube has recently introduced the capability to play videos in higher frame rates. For those who aren’t familiar with tech lingo, think of the cat video you’re watching as being a slide show that is moving so fast that your eye perceives it as natural motion. YouTube was previously capped at 30 frames per second.

This means that there were 30 individual “slides” in every second of video. Now users can upload at up to double the frame rate. This makes for much smoother video playback, and the difference is immediately noticeable.

In order to take advantage of this, you’ll have to be using Google Chrome or Safari 8 and select the 720p60 or 1080p60 option when watching a video. (It may work on some mobile browsers, but the desktop versions of Chrome and Safari are the only confirmed browsers at this point.)

This is especially good news for anyone who watches video game trailers or gameplays with any frequency. Until now a video could never be an exact representation of how a game will actually look when played if the game ran at a higher frame rate than 30fps.

In the near future, developers are sure to take advantage of the upgrade so that potential consumers can get a more accurate look at their product.

In other news, Sony rolled out PS4 firmware update 2.00 on October 28th.Verison 2.00, announced at Sony’s Gamescom press conference back in August, is the PS4’s first major update since its November 15 launch last year. It brought a heap of new and highly anticipated features to the console. Below is a brief overview of all the new functions.

– Share Play-One of the most touted new features, this allows you to take over the controls in a friend’s game over the network.

– Themes-Users can now download custom themes from the PlayStation Store. (There is no support for player-uploaded backgrounds as of yet.)

– YouTube-Game footage can now be uploaded directly to youtube via the “Share” button on the Dualshock 4 controller, and the YouTube app is now available for download in the PlayStation Store.

– USB Music Support-Music playback from USB storage devices is now supported, but music still cannot be stored on the system’s hard drive.

– Add to Library function-There is now an “Add to Library” button for the monthly PlayStation Plus free games. This way players can add the content to their account without having to download the game to the system, saving storage space.

These are the highlights of the update, and there are a few other minor improvements as well. However, the firmware also brought with it an unexpected issue. Many users have reported that putting the system in Standby Mode, which has been redubbed “Rest Mode” causes the system to freeze in the process of entering its low-power state.

The orange LED that indicates that the system is in Rest Mode continues to flash instead of glowing steadily as it should, and the system becomes unresponsive. If this happens, try holding down the power button on the system for ten seconds to perform a hard reset. It is advisable to shut the power completely off on the system instead of putting it in Rest Mode until Sony releases a patch to remedy the issue.

Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? As always, feel free to contact me by email at smckaychanticleer@jsu.edu or on Twitter @ChantyTech.

Sawyer McKay
Staff Writer

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