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YouTube app updated with HDR support on PlayStation 5

30 Nov 2021 | Rasmus Larsen |

Owners of the Sony PlayStation 5 can now enjoy YouTube streaming in HDR10 format as a result of a recent app update.

YouTube HDR on PS5

As highlighted in our extensive PlayStation 5 review, Sony's latest game console has a number of shortcomings when it comes to media playback and streaming such as missing support for frame rate matching, dynamic range matching, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and of course YouTube HDR. In April 2021, Sony released a system update to add support for dynamic range matching (switching between SDR / HDR10 depending on the source). As spotted by FlatpanelsHD reader Aha, the YouTube app has now also been updated to support HDR (High Dynamic Range), specifically HDR10 video in the VP9-2 codec (see photo). On PlayStation 5, HDR is supported for YouTube videos in up to 4K 60fps.

YouTube PS5

YouTube HDR on PS5. Photo: FlatpanelsHD

There are plenty of videos in HDR10 format on YouTube and some of them look stunning on the right display. We can recommend The HDR Channel. Xbox Series X/S also launched without support for YouTube HDR. It was added through an app update on both Xbox One and Xbox Series in early 2021.

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