Intel Arc GPUs will support AV1 encoding and decoding

The world of video codecs can be a confusing one. Popular codecs including HEVC (H.265) and AVC (H.264) are widely supported and will be familiar to streaming. But there is another codec that has gained momentum and industry support. AV1.

A variety of hardware supports AV1 decoding, including current generation Nvidia and AMD GPUs (but not the RX 6500 XT). However, hardware encoding support is more limited. Intel’s upcoming Arc series GPUs will include encoding support. This is sure to appeal to creators and streamers who prefer the AV1 codec.