Netflix 4K streaming is finally arriving for Windows 10 this week, but there’s a catch: only PCs with a 7th generation Kaby Lake Intel Core processor will be supported.
This restriction stems from the fact that the new processor stocks up-to-date hardware decryption features that are required by film studios and TV networks in order to reduce the risk of pirates capturing 4K playback. In fact, piracy fears have been a large reason behind the dearth of high-quality video streaming on Windows PCs in general. The processor also supports 10-bit HEVC, a popular 4K video codec.
If you’re one of the lucky few who has a 4K display and new PC with the latest Intel Core processor, you’ll be able to stream in 4K through Microsoft’s Edge browser when it rolls out this week. If not, you’ll have to upgrade, wait it out or turn to a 4K-capable streaming dongle.