YouTube Latest News and Update: Now Live Streaming in 4K, Just in Time for the Game Awards!

By Samille Jan Abada , Updated Nov 30, 2016 11:41 PM EST

YouTube has been widely used as a video-sharing website from all parts of the world and it officially announced on Wednesday that it will support 4k live streams in standard and 360-degree video content. YouTubers and other media partners can now access a lot of shiny new 4K displays to experience better image and video quality.

YouTube senior product manager Kurt Wilms posted on his blog that YouTube 4k live streams provides for a mind blowing image quality and in 360 degrees. Big and even small broadcasters could now stream 4k content up to 60 fps and YouTubers can watch videos from YouTube in 4k using YouTube apps for desktop PCs, smart TVs and other 4k streaming devices such as the Chromecast Ultra of Google.

The video service that is owned by Google is said to debut its 4k live streams while broadcasting the Game Awards this Thursday Dec. 1, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. ET. YouTube will be one of the major channels to watch the Game Awards according to a report in Polygon. The Awards Night is compared to the Oscars but the former is for video games and this event is probably the big red carpet night of video gaming.

According to Variety, there will be a live performance of the American hip hop super group Run the Jewels and premiers of many video games including "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" and "Mass Effect: Andromeda" during the Game Awards.

Support for 4k videos was actually first introduced by YouTube in 2010. YouTube also added 360-degree video broadcasts support earlier this year which is said to immediately benefit VR due to the added resolution. Kurt Wilms further wrote that there is no limit with 360 4K live streams and he said that YouTubers should get ready with event streams and 360 concerts that look cleaner, brighter and sharper than ever before.


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