YouTube Now Supports 4K At 60FPS In Xbox One X & HDR Is Coming
Stephan Jukic – December 11, 2017
As any fan of console gaming and 4K.com readers in particular probably know, the new Microsoft Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful gaming console, offers full blown 4K UHD support for games, digital apps and even for UHD Blu-ray playback. However, not all of the apps built into the platform’s interface came with native 4K UHD capacity right out of the box. YouTube was one major example that lacked this specific feature, until now.
The Xbox One X app for YouTube has now had this not-so-little detail now rectified and can now fully stream videos that have been uploaded in 4K ultra HD in their native resolution, assuming you’re using your One X console with an actual 4K HDR TV that is. Microsoft has also stated that HDR support for the application is “coming soon”, which is a pretty good thing too since the One X console also supports HDR as a general feature. The company (Microsoft) has also stated that Google 4K and HDR support are going to be coming to the Xbox One S console from 2016 “soon” as well but they haven’t specified a date on this front.
This is also of course a Google issue since the YouTube owner is the company most responsible for ensuring that its vast video app can support different cutting edge visual formats across the numerous devices that come with YouTube as an integrated application. In the case of Xbox consoles, Google has obviously been slow on this issue and even though the Xbox One S launched all the way back in august of 2016 with 4K Blu-ray and HDR support for UHD Blu-ray discs, YouTube in 4K won’t be hitting it until, probably, after the New Year.
For the Xbox One X at least, the 4K support is now already available for its YouTube app though we suspect that HDR might take a couple weeks or slightly less to follow. What’s also worth noting is that the 4K playback feature comes at a full 60FPS, taking advantage of the One X console’s maximum 4K video frame rate capacity. This is particularly great for any YouTube videos with fast-paced action that users might want to stream.
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