You can finally stream 4K videos on Xbox One consoles

Xbox One S and X consoles can stream 4K resolution videos through the YouTube app now, over a year after the 4K-ready Xbox One S console was released.

Microsoft released an update to the YouTube app available to Xbox One consoles, allowing the One S and X to play videos in resolutions up to 4K. The YouTube app is currently the only way to watch 4K videos on the consoles.

The Xbox One S was released in August 2016 as an enhanced version of the Xbox One, which touted the ability to play games in better-than-1080p (but not quite 4K) as well as play 4K video. The Xbox One X followed in 2017 with more hardware improvements, but it wasn’t until today that the two consoles got the ability to actually play 4K video.

Microsoft has marketed the Xbox One X as the most powerful gaming console ever, which is true when it comes to playing games in 4K, but it never was capable of being a 4K multimedia system. The console’s only draw is its 4K capabilities, so its surprising that it took so long for anything outside of games to be shown in 4K.

YouTube has supported 4K videos since 2015.

The app is available to download now from the Microsoft store, and will be rolling out to Xbox One consoles automatically this week.

H/T The Verge

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