It’s already fairly clear that 4K video isn’t going to see the same rate of adoption as HD did a few years ago, but that isn’t stopping Google from forging ahead by adding improved 4K support to YouTube.
Found by TechCrunch, there is a small playlist of just 6 videos available that appear to be showing 4K video at a blistering 60 frames-per-second. The end result apparently looks absolutely stunning, though we can’t vouch for it ourselves. You won’t be able to either, that is unless you happen to have a 4K monitor, a machine beefy enough to handle the processing required to make it work and a broadband connection up to the job of streaming all those bits and bytes. We failed at the first hurdle though, so you priobably have more chance than us!
While the trial of half a dozen videos in 60fps is encouraging, it’s worth noting that nobody can upload content at such a rate right now, with YouTube still only allowing uploaders to offer video with the reduced frame rate that has been on offer for a while. While still pretty impressive, the lower frame rate videos just don’t look quite as fluid as a 60fps video.
Right now 4K monitors are becoming more and more affordable, though the number of panels available to buyers is still relatively small when compared with traditional high resolution solutions. As always though, it’s just a matter of time before 4K becomes more popular and as a result, more screens start to ship. It’s a chicken and egg situation to some extent, but it’s surely only a matter of time.