YouTube now includes support for higher framerates, and they showcased the quality difference in "YouTube in up to 60 frames per second."

In the YouTube web application I can see and change the current resolution by clicking on Settings > Quality:
Resolution example

Is there a way to also display the current framerate, for example, 30fps vs. 60fps?

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60 fps Displayed if Available

When watching a video in the desktop version of YouTube's web app, where a Quality setting includes a framerate of 60 fps, it is noted.

If a Quality option includes a framerate of only 30 fps, nothing is noted.

For example, YouTube lists the following Quality choices for the video, "What is Stack Exchange?":

Quality Resolution Framerate
1440p60 HD 2560x1440 60 fps
1280p60 HD 1920x1080 60 fps
720p60 1280x720 60 fps
480p 854x480 30 fps
360p 640x360 30 fps
240p 426x240 30 fps
144p 256x144 30 fps
  1. You can see the current Quality by clicking the Settings cog

  2. Or, to see all available options, click on Settings cog, and then Quality

Stats For Nerds

If you are accessing the mobile version of the YouTube web app, or are experiencing issues in the desktop version, or, for any other reason, regardless of the current framerate, you can display it and other stats for the currently playing video by enabling the "Stats for Nerds" overlay in either the mobile or desktop browser versions of YouTube.

   A.   Enable in Mobile


  1. Tap on the video to expose the controls overlay with the Playback Settings gear icon and select it.

  2. In the Playback Settings dialog select "Stats for Nerds" and OK

  3. The stats overlay will show the framerate on the line labeled "Current/Optimal Res"

   B.   Enable in Desktop


  1. Right-click (long-press on mobile) the video and in the menu that appears, select "Stats for Nerds"

  2. Similar to mobile, the stats overlay will show the framerate on the line labeled "Current/Optimal Res"


If watching a YouTube video using the Adobe Flash Player: Right click on the video, Stats for nerds:

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