The recently launched 1080p “enhanced bitrate” videos on YouTube are now available to all Premium users on desktop. Following a public test, this was first introduced with iOS devices in April.
You will still be able to see an option for “Enhanced bitrate” on various YouTube videos even if you aren’t paying for YouTube Premium. This can be seen under the “1080p Premium” option, and as you might anticipate, clicking on it will ask you to pay for Premium. By the way, you can now do that in Pakistan as well.
Thankfully, even if you don’t subscribe to YouTube Premium, you can still use the standard 1080p video quality. However, YouTube guarantees that if you do decide to purchase it, the videos will “look extra crisp and clear, especially for videos with lots of detail and motion.”
Although the enhanced bitrate option is currently not accessible to Android users, it is being rolled out to other devices like TVs and game consoles. However, it started appearing for a small number of users back in June, so the launch for Android shouldn’t take too long.