YouTube finally allows 4K streaming on Xbox One

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The ability to play media in 4K is one of the big selling points of both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, but until now, you haven’t been able to take advantage of that feature with YouTube on the devices without resorting to third-party apps like myTube.

That changes today with the launch of a new, separate YouTube app for both consoles that lets you watch YouTube videos in both glorious 4K resolution and at 60 frames per second. Curiously, though, the app doesn’t let you watch videos in HDR. You win some, you lose some.

It’s an entirely different app from the standard one for some reason, but other than that, it appears to function entirely the same. The app hasn’t shown up on the actual Xbox store yet, but you can download it through the Windows Store through the link above.

Google seems to be giving the Xbox units special attention lately, as it recently launched the new YouTube TV apps for the devices as well.

It might look big and bulky next to its slimmer version, the Xbox One S, but these days the older Xbox One can be found for some temptingly low prices. If you’re willing to sacrifice the 4K functionality of the Xbox One S, then the Xbox One is still a great piece of hardware.

  • Excellent game selection
  • Great online service
  • The best controller going
  • Unmatched media features
  • Able to evolve constantly
  • Inferior graphics
  • Confusing UI without Kinect
  • Poor sharing options
  • Ugly unit design
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