To all the gamers out there, YouTube has done it! For the guys who are obsessed with higher video resolution you can also join in the celebrations. For the average folks this might just sound like noise, but necessary noise. YouTube has launched 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos. This comes almost six years since the company enabled 4K video support.
“For creators this means the ability to take advantage of an incredibly clear picture for recorded and now streaming video. It’s the kind of thing that can help to push their hardware (and their talent) to create the most beautiful or just plain crazy-looking images and videos possible. And with 360 4K live streams, the sky is (literally) the limit. Get ready for 360 concert and event streams that look sharper, cleaner, and brighter than ever before.”
-Official YouTube Blog
YouTube creators and partners will now be able to stream incredibly high resolution video letting viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K supported devices. To get a glimpse of how 4K live streaming feels you can check out the Game Awards today at 1700hr (+3 GMT) on YouTube. The entire show will be live streamed in 4K resolution.
4K video is essentially four times as detailed as 1080p video and YouTube will support it up to 60 frames per second. If 4K concept has not sunk in yet, it shows 8 million pixels total. This results in live streams that look better, showing more detailed, crisper pictures that aren’t as blurry when there is fast action on screen.
This update comes merely a few weeks after YouTube added 4K HDR support. Focusing on the bigger picture, gamers will be more excited since both Xbox One and PS4 were updated earlier this year with improved support for 4K content.