If you are planning on using a new Intel processor in your next media center PC, the combination of security precautions and digital rights management can just let you play Blu-ray blues. Intel is dropping support for a software upgrade in 11th- and 12th-gen Core systems, which breaks DRM performance for new 4K “Ultra HD” discs and software players. Final result: those favorite movies will play back at 1080p resolution instead.
As reported in Computer Bleeping, there is no anxiety in this transmission. Intel is reducing the SGX performance contained in the Core processors from Skylake (2015) due to a series of attacks by security researchers, which found it easier to vector for receiving through CPU protections. So running without it will lead to increased security (and perhaps less patching performance on the Intel part) for new applications. And it weighs against most of the users who do not own or use a hard disk drive, it looks like a smart move.
However, this will be a major problem for home builders who enjoy a declining PC niche media industry. (AMD’s Ryzen CPU architecture also does not support 4K Blu-ray playback.) CyberLink, the creator of the popular Blu-ray playback software, has noticed the problem and does not mention any functionality around. At the moment there does not appear to be any option for users who want 4K Blu-ray on Newer PC. Sticking to an older Intel application or using a dedicated Blu-ray player are the only options.
Michael is a former graphic designer who has been writing and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cared to get. His interests include folk music, soccer, science fiction, and salsa verde, in a specific process.