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Pioneer announces first ever 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drives for PCs

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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players are coming top personal computers. Pioneer has announced the first drives to be made available for PCs, which are due out in Japan at the end of next month.

The BDR-S11J-BK and higher-end BDR-S11J-X have been confirmed for release outside of Japan yet.

The drives are likely to carry a premium pricing, but users will also need a pretty jacked-up PC to facilitate them.

PC owners will need a Windows 10 machine running the Intel Kaby Lake i5/i7 processors and at least 6GB RAM (via Myce).

There’s also the need for a 4K monitor (preferably with HDR support) with HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 support.

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Anyone wishing to use these drives will also need to install the CyberLink PowerDVD, which will ship with the drive.

While there are some standalone 4K Blu-ray players, such as Sony’s X800 machine, the most high profile machine to date is the Xbox One S console.

Microsoft included the drive in its reasonably-priced console which has enticed many AV fans to choose it over the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Given Sony’s crossover interests in 4K video, it remains a huge surprise Sony excluded this from its high-end console offering.

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Will you be seeking a 4K drive for your PC? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Bugblatter

January 25, 2017, 10:32 pm

Some existing BD drives are technically capable of playing UHD blurays. However the copy protection prevents them from doing so.

So we're expected to pay through the nose for a BD player because it has copy protection built in? Seriously? That's a pretty low way to create demand.

Robert Johnson

January 26, 2017, 6:52 am

Depends upon the price....

Avi

January 26, 2017, 10:25 pm

old technology! will have very poor adoption!

Dominic Feltoe

January 28, 2017, 12:40 am

I'm certainly interested, but this seems extremely overpriced. Also, I find it hard to believe Skylake is technically incapable of 4K, so not sure why they're insisting on 7th gen processors.

DavidC_Surrey

June 19, 2017, 5:13 pm

Well I would LIKE one, but I don't want/need a 4k monitor because that is silly at only 28 inches or so (I have 32 inch 1440P monitors which are ideal for me and do not require a £1000 graphics card or two!) and I'm not going to upgrade my projector to 4K right now. You need a big TV or a projector to be able to appreciate it and they are expensive. Maybe when there is more 4K content available.

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