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Major VLC update brings support for HDR, 8K playback, and much more

VideoLAN has rolled out a massive update to VLC, bringing a slew of new features to every platform – including Windows 10, Xbox One, and Windows phone. Codenamed "Vetinari," the update pushes VLC up to version number 3.0 and, along with a massive list of bug fixes, brings support for hardware decoding for 4K and 8K playback, HDR, and much more.

Here's a look at some of the highlights, from VideoLAN:

  • VLC 3.0 "Vetinari" is a new major update of VLC.
  • VLC 3.0 activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!
  • It supports 10bits and HDR
  • VLC supports 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisoncics 3rd order
  • Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
  • Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
  • Can play Blu-Ray Java menus: BD-J
  • VLC supports browsing of local network drives and NAS

VLC is already the go-to media player for many due to its wide codec support and sheer flexibility. The move to version 3.0 drives home that utility even more, particularly as more people start adopting 4K displays with HDR on board.

VLC version 3.0 is available now for all major platforms. You can pick up the Windows and Xbox updates from the Microsoft Store now. And for a full account of what's new, you can check out the lengthy release notes at VideoLAN.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

27 Comments
  • Can it play double framerate now?🤔
  • What is that?
  • 48/60 fps probably. Like spanish soap operas maybe?
  • Spanish soap operas have their own technology?
  • They're just high framerate for some reason, lol.
  • More like "can it play now?" on my laptop...
  • sweetness
  • VLC devs never forget to amuse.
  • Is it still crap on the fire stick?
  • Kodi isn't.
  • Last time I use VLC, it was buggy with stuttering and green artifacts all over the video. If the dev continue improving VLC with bug fixes and new features however, maybe I'll consider replacing MPC-HC in a year or two. Maybe.
  • Can it play DVD tho?
  • Dektop version plays DVDs, Windows Store version does not.
  • website version can
  • Finally hardware decoding on Windows Mobile, now my movies are playing
  • Always a delight to get a brand such as VLC receive an update. However I wish they sticked to replicating many of the features from the win32 version, as that is the reason why I used it in the first place.
  • There is heck of alot Win32 APIs that need to be made "store compatible" before developers can start to replicating features available in Win32 applications.
  • It still can't play 4K blurays, neither with or without HDR, so meh. MPC for life.
  • Wait.. does the Windows Store version of VLC support all this? Including Chromecast support??
  • No of course not. UWP is not a viable replacement for Win32, everyone knows this but MS keeps clinging to UWP in some misguided fantasy Windows developers will turn around any day now. All of the major features are the Win32 desktop client, the UWP client is a very simple cut down version.
  • Yep, says so right in the article, confirmed that the UWP updated to 3.0
  • Suspicious about the store mobile version listing the version number as 2015.1014.1606.0
  • are using the uwp cause there two w10/wp 8.1 in the store uwp is at 3.0.0.0
  • Does This support DVD?
  • I'm waiting for 32K
  • Sweet, VLC is my always go-to-media player. The VLC devs never cease to amaze me, especially when you think about the crazy amount of work required for every platform.
  • PotPlayer still the best tho