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You can now watch HDR videos on YouTube


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This week, Sony will launch its new PlayStation 4 Pro console with support for 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR), following in the footsteps of Microsoft's latest Xbox One S, which also supports 4K video and HDR. Indeed, growing sales of HDR-enabled TVs is prompting more companies to introduce support for the feature, and now, Google has become the latest to do so.

The company announced that it now supports HDR videos on YouTube. "HDR videos have higher contrast, revealing precise, detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever," Google explained. "Support for wide color gamut means colors are more vibrant. Simply put, HDR unlocks the most spectacular image quality we've ever streamed."

HDR videos are now available to watch on YouTube for those with supported devices - including HDR-ready TVs with Google's new Chromecast Ultra dongle, "and soon on all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs".

Anyone can now upload HDR videos to YouTube, although there will obviously be a limited range of content until the feature becomes more widely adopted. Google added that "as more HDR devices become available, YouTube will work with partners to enable streaming of the HDR version" of their videos.

Source: YouTube Official Blog (Google)

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