YouTube adds 4K live streaming support—great news for gamers

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Good news gamers, YouTube is adding support for 4K live streaming from December 1st. With this, the Google-owned video streaming website is all set to stream Thursday’s Game Awards in full 4K quality, starting at 6PM EST or 3PM PST. The awards will be beamed live to millions of viewers across the world, and YouTube is all set to make the event a big one.

Streamers and content creators will be able to broadcast themselves in a resolution four times as standard 1080p. In recent times, YouTube has been repositioning itself to compete against other players in the industry. Adding 4K support, according to YouTube, will enable people use the service for things like concert streams and immersive events, reports TNW.

“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,” YouTube said in a blog post on Wednesday.

4K is an advance video streaming technology that is giving YouTube a giant leap. The technology shows 8 MILLION pixels total; with image quality that is four times as much as 1080p. What this means is that, video quality with be of the highest standard, crisper picture, better live streams. 4K support is every creator’s dream; and as YouTube rightly puts it, the company will provide support at up to “60 frames per second.” It means creators can now create content that looks “silky smooth, and more realistic than ever before.”

YouTube began testing high frame rate 4K video last year, but restricted the experiment to only a handful of users. Restricting the test to only a handful of people was understandable considering the fact it was being tested and can only be viewed by users who have the rig.

While the average consumer may not be too particular about the specs, it is important to stress how vital it is for everyone to stream in crystal-clear quality. Being able to experience video that is more detailed, crispier and less blurry when there’s fast action on the screen makes 4K more appealing.

The history of YouTube and 4K video date back to 2010 when the company enabled it on its platform. Wednesday’s announcement all-but confirmed that 4K video was a huge success, and that explains why it went a step further with 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos.

For all gamers, Thursday can’t come soon enough as 4K streaming takes the center stage.


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Author: Ola Ric

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