AMD graphic drivers to support PlayReady 3.0 by Q2 – makes Netflix in Ultra HD possible

Posted 13 February 2018 17:12 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

AMD plans to add PlayReady 3.0 support to its graphic drivers, allowing users to watch Netflix in Ultra HD on their Windows computer. Currently it’s only possible to watch Ultra HD content from the video streaming site with a limit number of CPUs and graphic cards.

Screenshot from AMD Raven Ridge Reviews Guide – credits Hardware.info

To watch Ultra HD content from Netflix on Windows computers, both the graphic card and the monitor have to support HDCP 2.2, hardware accelerated H.265 decoding and Play Ready 3.0. The latter is a DRM solution from Microsoft that protects video streams in Windows 10.

AMD states in the reviewers guide of its Raven Ridge APUs, that it plans to release a graphic driver with PlayReady 3.0 support in the beginning of the second quarter of this year, according to the Dutch website Hardware.info. Which APUs and GPUs will be able to use PlayReady 3.0 is unknown for now.

The Raven Ridge processors are the latest CPUs from AMD based on the company’s Zen architecture.

PlayReady 3.0 is currently already supported by Intel and NVidia. Their Kaby Lake CPUs and Pascal GPUs are therefore already able to playback Netflix content in Ultra HD on Windows computers.


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