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Long-term, H.265 will likely succeed H.264’s position as the premier solution for advanced video, though that may depend on whether or not battery consumption while decoding can match H.264’s levels in the long term. That’s something we’ll only be able to evaluate once hardware is available, but for now we’re optimistic. H.265’s explicitly parallel model should map well against multi-core devices of the future.
Encode/decode support, meanwhile, is already going to be possible on a vast range of products. Modern CPUs are more than capable of decoding H.265 in software, OpenCL support is coming in future iterations, and hardware GPU support, while not formally guaranteed by AMD, Intel, or Nvidia for next-generation products, is a mid-term certainty. All three companies have previously leapt to include advanced video pipelines in their products — as the H.265 presentation notes, video is something that’s become ubiquitous across every type of device