When Will 4K YouTube Livestream Become Possible?

By Cris McMillen, Posted: 12/01/16 10:40AM EST
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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 12: The YouTube logo appears on screen before a keynote address by Vice President of Global Content Partnerships at YouTube Robert Kyncl at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino January 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 13 and features more than 3,100 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 140,000 attendees. (Photo : Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

There are a lot happening this week from releasing patches for games to unveiling added features, it seems this has been one hectic week. Not to mention the fact that the Game Awards is almost here too. However, before the awards night takes place YouTube officially announced that it has added support for 4K livestreams.

What does this mean? It means that now content creators can broadcast their YouTube livestream using a high-resolution video in both 360-degree and standard video formats. And this is at the rate of 60 frames per second. The update is notable as it comes just a few weeks after YouTube added the 4K HDR support.

This is a great update for both creators and viewers since standard 4K contents are still easier to do and more accessible than 4K HDR content as per The Verge. Now creators can start live streaming in 4K. Meanwhile, viewers who would like to get a taste of the new feature, you can tune in this Thurs. Dec. 1 during The Game Awards.

The two has teamed up to livestream the event, just tune in at 9 p.m. EST or 6 p.m. PST. Meanwhile in the blog post-Wed., Nov. 30 detailing the update, YouTube product manager Kurt Wilms said that the image quality will be mind-blowing on screens that support the latest feature. Add in the 360 degrees form and the clarity will be enough to transport the viewer.

Wilms also said that "With 360 4K live streams, the sky is (literally) the limit." Variety also reported that he wrote that users should get ready for 360 concert and event streams that will look sharper, cleaner, and brighter than it has been before. And for those who don't know, the video sharing platform has first added support for 4K videos in 2010.

Then earlier this year, it has added support for live 360-degree video broadcasts too. The Game Awards mentioned earlier will serve also as the official debut of the 4K YouTube live streams. The video game awards event is set to feature a live performance of hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.

It will also serve as a premiere event for a number of video games like "Mass Effect: Andromeda" and "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild." On the other hand, users will be able to watch 4K livestreams via YouTube's apps for desktop PC, smart TV and other dedicated streaming devices including Google Chromecast Ultra.



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