IF YOU LIKE STREAMING THINGS at a razor-sharp resolution then good-news; Microsoft's upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser will probably support 4K streaming.
At least that's according to a Reddit user who found hints in the preview version of the Chromium-based Edge browser that suggest ultra-high resolution will be supported.
Such hints include the use of PlayReady Experimental HEVC decoding and WideVine, which are needed for 4K streaming. There's also the presence of PlayReady DRM for Windows 10, which is needed to stream 4K content from the likes of Netflix.
Support for 4K streaming could be just what Edge needs in order to lay some smackdown to rival browsers, as the likes of Chrome don't currently support 4K streaming.
When the original Edge browser launched, one of its key features was that it's the sole web browser that can handle 4K streaming from Netflix; rival browsers are stuck to streaming at 720p or 1080p.
That didn't seem to help Edge soar in popularity, but building a take on Edge on Google's open-source Chromium engine could now present a Microsoft browser that will support Chrome extensions the people love to use, while also touting exclusive 4K chops.
Some Reddit users seem quite happy with this, with Rabo_McDongleberry noting: "Good. I hope they improve the [naughty word] out of this and actually give Google some competition. I'm currently using Firefox and Vivaldi. Looking forward to trying [Edge]."
We don't expect to see a mass exodus from the mighty Chrome browser, but it's nice to see Microsoft getting its teeth into making its own browsers more appealing and feature packed. Brave Redmond, at least you're trying.
All that being said there's still no word on when the new Chromium-based Edge browser will launch, presumably because Microsoft wants to ensure as many potential kinks are ironed out before it goes live. µ
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