According to Google VP9 video codec is supported by browsers like Chromium, Chrome, Firefox and Opera and it is not hardware dependant.
For HEVC codec, it is fully supported in Skylake platform. Skylake processors and chipsets were released recently and it is the latest platform we have so far.
The following link shows a list for Skylake products:
Google VP9 at 720p resolution can be played at an acceptable speed. However, as no hardware acceleration, 1080p content cannot be played smoothly. According to the product brief of braswell processor, VP9 should be supported by the chip. Hence, grateful if intel can consider to add VP9 support to the driver for Windows
Hi Enthusiasts and all alike,
HEVC 10-bit (color) video for 4K videos is coming soon to Netflix - Netflix in 4K and HEVC Decode - The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review: A Premium 4K Set Top Box
Ultra Blu Ray disc has been finalized - Blu-ray Disc Association Completes Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification and Releases New Logo
All new 4K films will be recorded to the new Ultra Blu Ray disc for consumer rental and purchases in HEVC Main10 profile. Added following link to highlight > (10-bit video) < - 4K Disc’s Official Name is Ultra HD Blu-ray: HDR, Rec.2020.
Finally YouTube has opted for VP9 10-bit video and YouTube owner Google has demoed VP9 video decoders at CES 2014. Watch a 6K Red Dragon sample video in 4K VP9 - the next generation codec for 4K YouTube streaming - EOSHD
Currently in recent release of intel's Skylake 6th Generation CPU >> iGPU Intel HD Graphics 530 << - has no full hardware HEVC (profile:) Main 10-bit video support, even though standards for 4k video in Ultra Blu Ray Disc were finalized in May 2015 see shortfalls see conclusion of article - Intel's Skylake GPU - Analyzing the Media Capabilities
Upcoming 2016 CPU "Kaby Lake" may have full (HW) support for HEVC 10-bit / VP9 10-bit video
A leak from benchlife.info indicates this www.legitreviews.com/intel-kaby-lake-processor-and-200-series-chipset-overview-posted_175350
PLEASE VOTE FOR HEVC 10-bit(HW) / VP9 10-bit(HW) "Decode" & "Encode" capabilities to be in
CPU "Kaby Lake - iGPU (intel Quick Sync Video)"
note the Internet hasn't mentioned"Encode@" capabilities.
Vote via link: Kaby Lake CPU / iGPU feature Requests
After updating the driver to the latest version (4331) by Windows Update, it was found that the VP9 decode is supported by the built-in display. I can play the VP9 format youtube video smoothly for 1080p, acceptable for 1440p and slightly lag for 2160p by Google Chrome. For decode standalone VP9 file, 4k 30fps can decode smoothly.
The hardware acceleration for decoding youtube H264 in Firefox is also enabled after updating.
Thank you for the assistance for the driver developer.
I should be grateful if the developer can add the decode for HEVC(10-bit) in the future driver updating.