New Update to VLC Media Player Adds Support for 360-degree Video and 8K Resolutions

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VideoLAN, the body behind your favourite VLC Media Player, has released a new version of VLC Media Player. With this new update, VLC now supports some new and future video technologies.

Last year, a technical preview of a VideoLAN standalone 360-degree video player was released, the open source software has now incorporated that into the new VLC 3.0.

Also supported by the new player is 360-degree audio, which functions by changing the viewpoint as you pan around a scene. It’s an important feature which spices up seeing a video via a VR headset.

The new VLC 3.0 also adds support for ultra HD video in resolutions up to 8K.

While 8K isn’t something everybody is talking about now, Sharp has been promoting its 8K TVs in Japan for some time now; it’s now looking like 2018 will be the year the technology world of 8K becomes available to everybody

Also tied up to this new update is HDR video exclusively for compatible TVs and monitors. With HDR, it means brighter colours, vivid contrast and more dramatic images.

VLC is already ahead of other video players out there. It’s the video player of choice found on 89% of PCs, Android phones, Macs etc. It’s expected to become more mainstream in the coming months which will further make VLC an excellent choice if you’re looking for a future-proof media player that will give you everything you want.

With VLC 3.0, it’s not just about the picture quality, the new VLC 3.0 adds support for Chromecast as well as enabling you to stream media from VLC around your home (ideal for getting those 8K videos to your TV).

The new update is now available to download on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android.