Not everyone wants to use Chrome. Unfortunately, YouTube’s new 60 FPS feature only works on Chrome (and apparently some versions of IE, lolwut?). This is an artificial limitation however. With a small config tweak, you can make Firefox play 60 FPS videos, plus fix all the other broken shit in YouTube on Firefox. Get the video, or text instructions after the break.[youtube http://youtu.be/0i4m7TcE6F0]
The process is super easy, and only takes a few seconds. The stuttering you see in the video above was an issue with my screen recorder, not Firefox, that doesn’t happen in real life.
Don’t want to watch the video? Alright, here’s some text instructions.
- Open a 60 FPS YouTube video in a new tab for testing. I used this video, but the video above is also 60FPS, so use that one if you want.
- Go to https://youtube.com/html5 and notice that three of the technologies are missing.
- In a new tab, go to about:config. Bypass the warning and access the settings panel.
- Search for
media.mediasourceusing the built in search box.
- You should see four options. For me, two were set to true, and two were set to false.
- Set all of the options to true by double-clicking on the ones that are false.
- Go back to your YouTube HTML5 test tab and refresh. All of the boxes should be checked.
- Go back to your test video and refresh. 60 FPS should be working.
- If everything works correctly, close your about:config tab.
Update: On some computers, the HTML5 player may not be turned on by default. If so, this process will not work. To remedy this, simply go to https://youtube.com/html5 and click the large blue “Request the HTML5 player” button.
I used OS X to test and demonstrate, but it should work on all platforms, Windows, Linux, and OS X. Additionally, the text on the config page in incredibly small by default, so if you can’t read it, just press Ctrl-= (Cmd-= on OS X) to zoom in.
It took me quite a while to figure this out from searching, so I figured I would make a video and a post about it. Enjoy watching your videos in 60 FPS without being forced to use Chrome.