We all knew this was going to happen eventually but we are a bit surprised by that kind of speed. Only 5 months after the 720p videos started rolling on YouTube, here comes the 1080p support.
Obviously the rapid growth of Full HD devices available has sped up the upgrade process. So, starting next week, if you have a fast enough computer and a large enough monitor you can switch to 1080p for the best video streaming experience available online.
And if you happen to have already uploaded 1080p videos, those will be re-encoded automatically and become available in their native resolution.
To get a better feel for the advantage that Full HD gives you can check out some trailers:
Up, Transformers 2, Dark Knight, Ninja Assassin, 2012.