VLC 3.0 Expands 4K HDR, 8K, 360-Degree Video Support

VLC 3.0 is here with Chromecast, 8K and HDR 10 support — the best just got better

VLC 3.0 is here with Chromecast, 8K and HDR 10 support — the best just got better

VLC 3.0 has officially launched and it brings with it a bunch of new major features, not the least of which is the official arrival of Chromecast support. The full list of improvements is available on the VLC announcement page.

VLC v3.0 is available now on Google Play, and for other platforms, you can head over to VLC's site for the respective download links.

Some other changes in VLC 3.0 include better support for Chrome OS and Samsung DeX, fast seeking, and various bug fixes for Android Oreo.

Supports Bluray with Java menus (BD-J), although decryption needs to be performed outside of VLC. Dubbed Vetinari after the fictional character Lord Vetinari, VLC 3.0 runs on every Windows version going back to XP, all macOS versions going back to 10.7, all iOS versions going back to iOS 7, all Android versions going back to Gingerbread 2.3, and all Chromebooks with the Google Play Store.


Allows users to browse local network drives like SMB, FTP, SFTP, NFS, and so on. The major new addition is Chromecast support, which is present on all versions of the player, not just the Android port.

With Chromecast support, users can stream media directly on a television.

Thanks to its ability to play practically any file format, VLC has been a massive favourite since the early internet days, back when we were all illicitly downloading all manner of ridiculous P2P files.

VideoLAN's software is open-source. While VLC is open source, this part of it isn't; Tom's Hardware reports that VideoLAN explained it "used Google's official closed-source SDK to build out the feature, which prevents it from releasing the source". The Linux install isn't available on the website, but it is available upon request.

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