It has been about six weeks since the last YouTube Gaming update rolled out, and it’s clear the developers have been keeping pretty busy on making changes. The latest update has quite a few improvements to be found throughout the app, not to mention at least one feature that might be considered pretty huge. Topping the list is a new live comment stream that overlays gameplay videos so you can see the action and watch the commentary at the same time. A few features have been moved to more convenient places, and a video history is now available. Finally, there’s a new easter egg, and it’s pretty awesome. Continue reading YouTube Gaming v1.5 adds chat overlay to full-screen videos, landscape orientation, watch history, a new easter egg, and more
Just before E3 this year, YouTube announced that it was getting into gaming in a big way, with its own stand-alone video site that would take on Twitch. Called YouTube Gaming, the service was expected to launch some time this summer — and it looks like tomorrow will finally be the day. The service is expected to go live on the web, as well as through mobile apps on both iOS and Android.
— YouTube Gaming (@YouTubeGaming) August 25, 2015
YouTube has been interested in gaming for sometime, and reportedly attempted to acquire Twitch last year, before ultimately losing out to Amazon. Since then, the company has decided to build its own solution, separate from the main YouTube site, which would let players broadcast gameplay live to viewers. YouTube Gaming also features more than 25,000 landing pages for specific games, a new design focused on games, and a search function that prioritizes games over other results. The company has been gearing up for the launch for some time, with new YouTube features like 60fps live streaming, which launched back in May.
The service will be restricted to the US and UK at launch; you’ll be able to check out the new, game-focused version of YouTube right here.