The blu ray It is the most advanced physical format today. In addition to games on PlayStation and Xbox, it is the format par excellence used to watch movies on Full HD and 4K thanks to reaching capacities of up to 100GB. However, its use is quite limited due to the convenience and popularity of streaming platforms and rental sites like Google Play Movies, and now there is bad news for users. physical format lovers on their computers.
Even though the 12th generation Intel processors they launched the November 4th, it has not been until more than two months later when some users have begun to realize that these chips lack a key element when it comes to playing Blu-ray. Specifically, the processors 12th Generation Alder Lake, and the 11th Generation Rocket Lakethey can’t play 4K original Blu-ray movies on Windows 11.
SGX is not on Intel chips since 11th gen
The fault appears to be related to the DRM decryption used by these disks. Current chips use the Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX) to decrypt the movies and be able to play them. The feature was introduced with Skylake (6th generation), but has been missing on Intel chips since 11th generation.
The biggest Blu-ray movie player software on Windows is PowerDVD, developed by the company cyber link. Its developers have received many complaints regarding compatibility problems generated by the new Intel chips. The company has stated on its website that they cannot do anything in this situation, since they do not control the DRM. Who controls it is Blu-ray Association.
Intel had plenty of reasons to remove sgx of their processors. After Specter and Meltdown, various researchers found that there were other vulnerabilities in Intel chips. Specifically, since 2017, 7 vulnerabilities have been discovered that affect the most secure parts of processors. Among them, there are several that allow to inject malicious code at a low level, as well as spy on the memory content to steal all kinds of data.
Use other physical players, the best solution
Therefore, Intel gains a lot by removing this feature, even if in return it prevents playing Blu-ray movies in physical format for those who have readers on their computers. The benefit of eliminating security issues for tens of millions of people to break functionality used by a few tens of thousands hopefully. Also, they have replaced it with better encryption, although this one does not have the keys to play Blu-ray.
AMD processors are not directly certified to play 4K Blu-ray on Windows, so this feature is now broken. The only thing that can save users is that the DRM is removed from the disks, or simply stick with processors from previous generations. To do this, you need to have a Intel 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th generation, since they are the only ones with HDCP 2.2 and SGX. In turn, from CyberLink they recommend not upgrade to windows 11. To play movies you will have to use dedicated players, such as a console.
A new era in the Windows mobile game console market. GPD has already received the Ryzen 7 6800U APU for the Win Max 2 console
With the release of Ryzen 6000 mobile processors, equipped with very powerful iGPUs, a new era of Windows handheld game consoles is dawning.
The Aya Neo 2 console with Ryzen 7 6800U was unveiled yesterday, and now GPD has boasted that it has already acquired a batch of the same APUs, so GPD Win Max 2 test models based on this platform should be ready by June. Judging by the entry, the company did not expect that it would be able to get the processors so quickly.
GPD Win Max 2 was introduced back in March, but with a Core i7-1280P processor, but its graphics subsystem is no match for the iGPU in the Ryzen 7 6800U.
As a result, before the end of the year, at least two more portable set-top boxes with Windows that can handle modern games should appear on the market. True, apparently, in both cases we are talking about a Full HD screen, which creates an additional load on the GPU. For the same Steam Deck, the resolution is HD.
Nvidia unexpectedly updated the drivers for the “abandoned” GeForce GTX 600 and GTX 700 (Kepler). Users are advised to install the update
Nvidia has stopped updating Game Ready drivers for the GeForce GTX 600 and GTX 700 (Kepler family) since version 470, but now the company has made an exception and released a security update for them as part of the latest driver 473.47.
Nvidia points out that a number of nasty vulnerabilities have been found in previous versions of drivers for “abandoned” video cards. In the CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) database of well-known information security vulnerabilities, they are rated 7 on a 10-point scale. Therefore, users of older graphics cards are advised to upgrade to the latest Game Ready driver. It is noted that the vulnerabilities have been fixed both in drivers for old video cards (Kepler in this case) and in drivers for new ones. For the latter, the WHQL driver number 517.77 is provided.
Samsung waited six months to bring the world’s first 240Hz 4K monitor to market. Odyssey Neo G8 coming soon
Back at the beginning of the year, Samsung introduced the Odyssey Neo G8, the world’s first 4K UHD 240Hz gaming monitor.
Despite the fact that almost six months have passed, the monitor has not yet entered the market, but it should soon.
According to Samsung’s Twitter post, the monitor will be available soon. True, there is no hint of a launch date, and the price remains a mystery at all. However, the device will definitely not be cheap.
Recall that the Odyssey Neo G8 is equipped with a 32-inch Quantum Mini LED curved panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The radius of curvature is 1000 mm. The monitor supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, HDR10+ and Nvidia G-Sync. The maximum brightness is declared equal to 2000 cd / m2.
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