Netflix 4K streams require Edge browser, Kaby Lake CPU

4K content can now be streamed through Netflix on your PC, but it requires the use of the Edge browser in Windows 10... ugh.

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Netflix is finally beginning to hit the PC with 4K content, but you're going to be locked to using Windows 10, and more horribly - Microsoft's not-so-popular Edge browser.

Netflix 4K streams require Edge browser, Kaby Lake CPU |

It's a massive limitation, and unlike the source of this news - The Next Web, which report that it could be Microsoft made this move to "ensure battery efficiency", as not every person has a laptop with a 4K display. The problem is, the current limitation of Netflix resolution support is 1080p, with the next step being 4K.

Worse yet, you'll require Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake processor to play 4K content for now. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Microsoft must have paid a considerable sum to Netflix for this stupid exclusive crap, and so did Intel. Microsoft's expensive new, super-awesome Surface Studio rocks a gorgeous 4500x3000 display... and thanks to it not rocking Intel's 7th-gen Kaby Lake architecture, 4K streams aren't going to work with Netflix.

What a wonderful world we live in.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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