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Pioneer will soon release the first 4K Blu-ray drive for PC

Pioneer will soon release the first 4K Blu-ray drive for PC

Pioneer will soon release the first 4K Blu-ray drive for PC

Pioneer will soon release the first 4K Blu-ray drive for PC

 
Sometimes it takes a while for some technology to move into the consumer market, especially when market demand is low. For many years people have called physical media "dead", especially as subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify have negated the need for a collection of physical media and have created a seemingly limitless online library oof content to explore. 
 

Most consumers have not even heard of the new 4K Blu-ray standard, offering high-quality 4K content to the masses and levels of sound quality that just cannot be matched by streaming services. That being said DVDs still lead the pack when it comes to physical media and Blu-ray has still not become the "industry standard" for physical media.   

While digital goods have grown in popularity, there is still demand for high-quality physical media, even on PC, which makes it odd that 4K Blu-ray has not already made it onto the PC platform, with standalone 4K Blu-ray players already being available and even coming as an included extra on the Xbox One. 

Pioneer has now announced that they will be releasing their first 4K Blu-ray drives for PC in February, with their BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X. Both will offer similar features, with the BDR-SIIJ-X serving as a higher-end quieter version which is said to offer improved audio quality when playing CDs. 

Both models will come with a copy of Cyberlink PoowerDVD, which is one of the few programs that can actually decode Blu-rays on PC for content playback, though playing 4K Blu-rays comes with a catch.

The listed system requirements for 4K Blu-ray include the need for an HDMI 2.0a connection 6GB of system memory and a Kaby Lake CPU, which certainly limits the number of systems that can play 4K Blu-ray content. This is due to 4K BVlu-ray requiring H.265 decoding capabilities, though oddly this is a feature of both AMD's Polaris GPUs and Nvidia's Pascal GPUs, making it odd that 4K content playback is limited to Kaby Lake. 

Pioneer will soon release the first 4K Blu-ray drive for PC

 

Those who want to use a 4K Blu-ray player on PC will need to bear these requirements in mind, though it is likely that Polaris and Pascal will be supported with future patches to Blu-ray playback software, though this issue will likely annoy a lot of potential users in the short term. 

These two 5.25-inch 4K Blu-ray players will release sometime in February to the Japanese market, with worldwide availability at a later date. No pricing has been announced for these products.     

 

You can join the discussion on Pioneer's 4K Blu-ray drives for PC on the OC3D Forums

 

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26-01-2017, 06:35:06

Greenback
TBh if I was in the market for a 4k player I'd hook it up to a 4k TV so I could sit n the sofa to watchQuote

26-01-2017, 06:49:29

SuB
Lol, selling this when people just aren't using DVD/Bluray drives any more seems.. nonsensical, especially when they'll release at the 500 GBP pricepoint like all new Disc tech does. (I'll happily take that back when prices are available). Add to that the cost of a 7th gen CPU, board, etc..

Just buy a 4k bluray player for less, job done.

New tech is great, but it just seems silly, is there even really a market for this? The spec list is basically because of DRM... as for audio, 7.1 is 7.1 I know there's now Atmos, but the setup costs for that alone are bonkers, and people won't be plugging any of that into a PC, it'l be done via a proper player + receiver...

Just seems.. like a non thing to me?

When was the last time you actually wanted to put a disc in your PC?

With literally *everything* moving to software as a service these days, including even Windows, there's just no place for these is there?Quote

26-01-2017, 07:14:23

jimma47
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
Lol, selling this when people just aren't using DVD/Bluray drives any more seems.. nonsensical, especially when they'll release at the 500 GBP pricepoint like all new Disc tech does. (I'll happily take that back when prices are available). Add to that the cost of a 7th gen CPU, board, etc..

Just buy a 4k bluray player for less, job done.

New tech is great, but it just seems silly, is there even really a market for this? The spec list is basically because of DRM... as for audio, 7.1 is 7.1 I know there's now Atmos, but the setup costs for that alone are bonkers, and people won't be plugging any of that into a PC, it'l be done via a proper player + receiver...

Just seems.. like a non thing to me?

When was the last time you actually wanted to put a disc in your PC?

With literally *everything* moving to software as a service these days, including even Windows, there's just no place for these is there?
Well some people like to legitimately back up their own media so that would be a reason. Also some people live in countries with poor internet speeds so it's not viable to download that much. I get about 2MB/s download (25Mb plan as i'm cheap) so it takes hours or even overnight to download a new game.

I'll be buying an XBone as my 4K player when I update my 10 year old Plasma to a 4k panel as they're just super cheap right now. I have a bluray writer in a box in case I need to use it or I have accessed my laptop over the network to use its optical drive for my PC.Quote

26-01-2017, 07:23:52

Daiyus
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
Lol, selling this when people just aren't using DVD/Bluray drives any more seems.. nonsensical, especially when they'll release at the 500 GBP pricepoint like all new Disc tech does. (I'll happily take that back when prices are available). Add to that the cost of a 7th gen CPU, board, etc..

Just buy a 4k bluray player for less, job done.

New tech is great, but it just seems silly, is there even really a market for this? The spec list is basically because of DRM... as for audio, 7.1 is 7.1 I know there's now Atmos, but the setup costs for that alone are bonkers, and people won't be plugging any of that into a PC, it'l be done via a proper player + receiver...

Just seems.. like a non thing to me?

When was the last time you actually wanted to put a disc in your PC?

With literally *everything* moving to software as a service these days, including even Windows, there's just no place for these is there?
I still use physical media on a daily basis. All of my favourite music, films & TV shows are on CD/DVD/BD on my shelf ready to be watched/listened to whenever I want. No worries about if my NAS breaks. No worries about if Netflix/Amazon/etc is still hosting it. And no worries about the quality either. It also means guaranteed subtitles for my wife.

Simply put I really don't understand this "streaming has replaced physical media" mentality these days. Streaming just doesn't cut it for me for everything; why watch/listen to a questionable quality version of something I love that soaks up bandwidth when I can have it in top quality with no worries?

The beauty of a HTPC is it'll do anything; it's my stereo, DVD player, BD player, streaming service provider (for the stuff that we want to watch but don't love enough to worry about quality) and even provides gaming.

I'd absolutely love to move to UHD Blu-ray at some point apart from the ridiculous DRM requirements and I have no reason to replace my TV for a UHD one until it breaks. It's a shame that it'll be cheaper and easier to buy a separate UHD Blu-player at that point than to integrate UHD into my HTPC.Quote

26-01-2017, 07:27:57

AlienALX
I bought a BR drive way back when. Pretty sure it was a Sony. Then I realised I had to use some pony software and never did bother using it.

The only optical drives I have now are the slim slot load in my Triad rig and an external for everything else. I do still rip CDs though so would need at least one.Quote
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