VLC 1.1.0 adds Windows and Linux GPU decoding

I don’t use VLC on a regular basis, but it has never failed me when it comes to playing virtually any filetype. I know a lot of you use it here, so you’ll be happy to know there’s a new version.

If so then you’ll already know that it has been updated to version 1.1.0. The biggest feature in this version is the addition of GPU decoding for Windows (Vista and 7 only) and Linux users. That is, you can use that fancy GPU of yours to help decode that 1080p MKV you’ve got there, leaving your CPU with enough room to breathe, or whatever. Fair warning: if you’re on Windows, hope you’ve got an nVidia GPU…

That’s right: on Windows, the new feature only supports nVidia GPUs. The release notes say this is because ATI’s Windows drivers don’t work properly.