If you are a Chrome or Edge user on Windows 10, you can probably run the AV1 video codec. Google and Microsoft released this support in their respective browsers in 2020. However, Mozilla took nearly two years to bring this feature to firefox. Now, finally, after a two-year delay, Mozilla Firefox is getting AV1 support.
Mozilla says bringing AV1 video support to Firefox requires powerful PCs with current software. There was only a small percentage of PCs. According to Neowin, the next version of Firefox 100 will integrate support for AV1 and will be available from May 3, 2022.
Mozilla Firefox finally gets AV1 support
This feature itself has a number of advantages. First of all, the AV1 is economical. It is open-source and royalty-free. AV1 also offers 30% better compression than the closest competition with little to no change in image quality. Moreover, AV1 processes the video by shifting the load from the software to the hardware of your computer, which turns out to be quite power efficient and can extend the battery life of the tablet or PC.
However, there are some hardware requirements to get its support on your device. According to Microsoft, hardware-accelerated AV1 video works on Windows 10 and 11 PCs if the following conditions are met:
- Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core with Intel Iris Xe Graphics or newer.
- GPU: NVIDIA RTX 30 Series or AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series with necessary drivers.
- OS: Windows 10 1909 or newer.
One of the most important reasons to adopt AV1 is that it is user-friendly for streamers like Netflix. We therefore hope that the Firefox 100 update will come with built-in AV1 support. It will definitely provide a better streaming experience for anyone watching any of their favorites in the browser.
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