YouTube’s Premium-only higher-quality 1080p option rolled out for iOS in April earlier this year. Now the feature comes to desktop.
With the launch of the feature on iOS back in April, YouTube said “this enhanced 1080p quality setting will look extra crisp and clear, especially for videos with lots of detail and motion.”
Even if you’re not a YouTube Premium subscriber, if you’re signed in to a Google account, you’ll see the new ‘1080p Premium Enhanced bitrate’ option on desktop and the mobile app. Clicking it as a non-Premium user will prompt users to subscribe. Regular 1080p and even 4K options are still available to all non-subscribers.
YouTube are bringing the option to TVs soon, with a roll-out on Chromecasts and video game consoles. No word on when the feature will reach Android.
YouTube Premium gives subscribers a number of other benefits, such as an ad-free experience, downloads for offline playback, background play and YouTube Music Premium. After a recent price increase in the US, YouTube Premium subscriptions are $13.99 per month or $22.99 per month for a family plan.
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