Back in 2015, companies including Microsoft, Google, Netflix, Amzon, Cisco, Intel, and Mozilla joined forces to create the Open Media Alliance (AOM) to create open source media formats and technologies. In 2018, the alliance released the AV1 video encoding format, which Netflix began supporting in its Android mobile app earlier this year. Now, Microsoft has said it will also offer support for AV1 on Windows 10 devices as the next generation of hardware becomes available.
Microsoft says the AV1 compresses 50 percent better than H.264 and 20 percent better than the VP9. Because AV1 is based on hardware acceleration rather than software, it also reduces battery life on mobile devices.
The company will launch support for AV1 on new Windows 10 devices equipped with the latest GPU this fall.
The requirements for this new codec are as follows:
11th generation Intel Core processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics processor.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU.
AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics (coming soon)
Windows 10 build 1909 or later.
The AV1 video extension is installed.
Supports AV1 hardware-accelerated web browsers or other applications, including those built on the Media Foundation.
As with common new features, you may need to update your graphics driver from time to time to get the latest features and improvements.
You can learn more about AV1 by visiting AOM’s dedicated web page.