The newest Intel CPUs give 4K Blu-rays a 1080p downgrade

Security issues and DRM mean that 4K playback on PCs is going away for the latest hardware

If you're planning on using a newer Intel processor in your next media center PC build, a combination of security precautions and digital rights management might just have you singing the Blu-ray blues. Intel is dropping support for the software guard extension feature in 11th- and 12th-gen Core processors, which breaks DRM functionality for the latest 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and player software. The end result: Those fancy movies will now play back in a rather pedestrian 1080p resolution.

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Michael Crider

Michael Crider

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