YouTube has supported 4K videos since 2010, which explains why it's the world's largest library of 4K videos online. And now it's making 4K more immediate and immersive than ever.
It's just enabled 4K live streaming for regular videos and those in 360 degrees. (360-degree videos are ones you can pan around and look in any direction you like, as long as you're using a compatible browser.)
One of the first events to be live streamed in 4K was last night's Game Awards.
The 4K resolution packs in 8 million pixels – that's four times as many as high definition. That means the image looks sharper. YouTube supports 4K up to 60 frames per second, which should mean videos run butter-smooth.
"For creators, this means the ability to take advantage of an incredibly clear picture for recorded and now streaming video," Kurt Wilms, senior project manager at YouTube, wrote in a blog post. "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."