YouTube Adds Support for HDR Videos

Arts Technica
YouTube has announced that we'll now be able to watch High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos on the platform. HDR offers more colours and more brightness settings between black and white. In a blog post on Monday, YouTube described it as having 'higher contrast, revealing precise, detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever.' It is indeed yet another step forward for YouTube's already extensive range of video services, following the launch of various other upgrades over the company's history, including HD, 4k, live streaming, 3D and 360-degree video support, as well as spatial audio. 

YouTube describes the move as part of its overall initiative to 'push the boundaries of online video.' Others have suggested it's also an attempt by YouTube to keep their platform up-to-date with customer demand. Game analysers at Digital Foundry have previously said that YouTube has been relatively inadequate in terms of video quality; and it's probably no coincidence that the latest announcement comes only days before the release of Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro. For gamers ahead of the curve in these terms, the news will come as a welcome development, as it will allow them to share and watch snippets of gameplay in optimum quality. The news also comes as a response to rival video service Netflix, which already offers HDR video support.

Nevertheless, the fact remains that, as with any new feature or software update, it can't be used unless it's compatible with your hardware. So, unless your TVphonelaptop or oversized-phone-ish-device is capable of playing HDR videos, you won't be able to take advantage of YouTube's new upgrade. What's more, many consumers either can't afford such devices or don't feel the expense is worth it just yet.

Still, in terms of keeping YouTube on the cutting-edge of the video world, this latest move does seem to have worked on the whole; and has thereby bolstered YouTube's image in more ways than one


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