Discord has officially added AV1 streaming features to the platform, with support for NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 40 GPUs. Discord now supports AV1 streaming with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 GPUs.
NVIDIA’s Gerard Delgado, Product Line Manager for Content Creators, recently tweeted about the company’s new support for Discord, a well-liked social communication and community platform.
Discord last week made a new update available that makes AV1 codec streaming compatible with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards, such the RTX 4090. With Discord’s Nitro subscription (sold separately), users can stream content at 8 Mbps up to 4K at 60fps.
Users could only access OpenH264 video codecs prior to the introduction of AV1 to Discord (offered through Cisco Systems, Inc.). The alternative method was to use H.264 hardware acceleration, which increased GPU performance to produce superior video encoding and decoding with compatible systems.
Discord is currently rolling out an update that enables AV1 streaming with GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs!— Gerardo Delgado (@gerdelgado) January 25, 2023
The upate is rolling out starting this week and will slowly populate to all users. With AV1 you’ll be able to stream up to 4K60 with nitro, at 8 Mbps!
Delgado, who “works on NVIDIA Studio, NVIDIA Broadcast, and NVENC,” keeps users informed.
Discord uses [peer-to-peer] streaming so they will check if the people in your channel can view AV1, and if so use [the codec]. If someone joins that can’t decode it, it will switch automatically to H.264 so everyone can see.
AV1 has been discovered to reduce video bandwidth while maintaining video resolution and framerates. With each company’s video support, it’s unclear whether further opportunities will emerge for Intel and AMD. NVIDIA is a popular graphics card maker, and Discord taking advantage of the company’s power is a “win-win” situation for all parties.
How do I access AV1 encoding in Discord?
To enable the AV1 video codec in Discord on your PC, go to your “User Settings.” The “User Settings” button is located in the lower left corner of your screen, close to your username and profile photo.
Three icons will appear: a microphone, headphones, and gear. To access your “User Settings,” tap the “gear” icon and look for “App Settings.”
Under “App Settings,” you will see “Voice & Video.”
To access “Advanced,” you must first navigate through “Voice Settings” and “Video Settings” on that screen. The options for OpenH264 Video Codec, H.264 Hardware Acceleration, and AV1 Video Codec can all be activated in this section.
Choose the one that will serve you best. Do not forget to provide your Discord Nitro membership status and tier. Users of Discord have a choice between “Nitro Basic” for $2.99/month and “Nitro” for $9.99/month.