Netflix is finally bringing 4K streaming to desktops, allowing fans to watch their favorite content in Ultra HD on a compatible monitor. But before you get too excited, there is a catch that means the feature is only available to a small number of people right now.
Netflix has previously avoided making its 4K content available on PC due to piracy concerns. It’s much easier to rip content from the service on a desktop, and the company has been looking to ensure that customers have to pay to enjoy super-sharp TV shows.
Now the company has changed its stance, and it’s finally streaming Ultra HD content exclusively (for now) on Windows 10 through Microsoft Edge. However, to get it, you’ll need a PC powered by Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors.
Kaby Lake is hard to come by
Those processors are still pretty difficult to come by. Kaby Lake desktops and notebooks are only just hitting the market, and they’re still pricey. What’s more, the CPUs are still only available to PC manufacturers, which means you can’t yet buy them for custom builds.
Even if you have a powerful rig that’s more than capable of streaming 4K video, then, Netflix in Ultra HD is likely still out of reach for now. But this is definitely a step in the right direction, and it’s likely Netflix will made 4K more widely available in the future.