For the most part, Adobe’s Flash Player is a thing of the past. What was once at the forefront of online video technology is now a clunky, CPU-heavy relic. Just about every major online video platform has shifted over to the faster, more efficient HTML5 … though there have been a few stragglers.
The biggest among them is Twitch: for whatever reason, gaming’s biggest online streaming service has yet to make the switch from Flash to HTML5. It’s one of the reasons why YouTube Gaming has been so successful: while Twitch still has millions of viewers visiting every day, Google’s streaming service is far faster and easier to use. If there’s anything that’s been holding Twitch back, it’s the lack of HTML5 support.
While the beta may have a limited user base (for now), the site’s various improvements should be immediately apparent. Twitch is promising both faster loading and connection times, along with more consistent frame-rates and CPU performance. Basically, the switch over to HTML5 is a universal upgrade for everyone in terms of both speed and ease-of-use.
It may not sound like that big of a deal to the casual user, but the switch to HTML5 is a big one. Not only will Twitch be easier to use, but it should be easier for event-holders to broadcast: conventions like RTX, the Games Done Quick marathons and the EVO 2016 Championship Series should all be easier to watch when the update goes live.