The Game Awards 2016 to Be YouTube’s First 4K Livestream; 4K Streaming Support Available for Standard/360 Video

on December 1, 2016 11:16 AM

YouTube’s integration into the world of gaming has grown substantially over the last decade with the ability for gamers to watch, stream, and capture gameplay and share it with the masses, with another big step between the two coming with tonight’s broadcast of The Game Awards 2016.

In an update on its company blog, YouTube announced that 4K livestreaming support will now be available for both standard video and 360-degree videos, allowing users to stream in richer, crisper clarity with its ultra high definition support. 4K video support was introduced to YouTube back in 2010, though this marks the first time that 4K livestreaming will now be available on the platform.

YouTube’s update also revealed that the upcoming The Game Awards 2016 will be the platform’s first-ever 4K livestream, with the awards show to air tonight, December 1st, at 9pm ET/6pm PT on YouTube (and other streaming platforms such as Twitch, etc.), with the entire show to be broadcast in 4K resolution.

With 4K livestreaming support now being built in to YouTube’s platform, the introduction of consoles such as PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and the upcoming Project Scorpio (along with the PC market) should make for some exciting new developments in terms of 4K gaming and the ability to share those experiences with others.

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Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.