Pioneer Announces Worlds First Blu-Ray Drive/Writer with Support for 4K UHD Discs
A couple of months ago, Pioneer announced the first Blu-Ray drive for use in desktop systems with support for 4K Ultra HD Blu-Rays, but that was only made available in Japan. However, the company has announced a 4K Blu-Ray Drive with the ability to write content to 4K UHD discs as well for the American and European market: the Pioneer BDR-211UBK.
The Blu-Ray 4K UHD standard has been around for a while and discs with the newer format are widely available. Due to more advanced DRM that was set in place for the new Blu-Ray standard, some time was needed before 4K optical drives were able to hit the market.
An interesting side note is that currently only Windows 10 and Intel’s Kaby Lake CPU’s are being supported for 4K playback with this Blu-Ray drive. It remains unknown at the time if AMD Ryzen CPU’s will support reading 4K Blu-Rays as well, although CD, DVD and regular Blu-Ray aren’t as strict in their requirements. At the moment of writing, PowerDVD 14 by Cyberlink is the only software available that can play 4K UHD Blu-Rays and the software will be packaged with the drive.
Pioneer also mentions in has implemented QuickPlay technology which should reduce the amount of time before a Blu-Ray disc is ready to read. There’s a built-in Auto Quiet mode as well which automatically adapts the playback speed when needed so it won’t make any unnecessary noise.
Pioneer will launch the BDR-211UBK later this month for a recommended retail price of $130.