Pioneer is Manufacturing the First 4K Blu-Ray Drive for PCs

Ultra HD Blu-Ray will become available for PC soon.

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Pioneer are attempting to become the first to have an Ultra HD 4K Blu-Ray player on the PC market with the BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X. Unfortunately, these players will only debut in Japan, but that's at least some progress. These Ultra HD Blu-ray players require some beefy equipment to power them, though.

Unfortunately, the only CPU that can currently decode PlayReady 3.0 DRM needed for 4K Blu-Ray viewing are Intel's Kaby Lake processors. You'll also need at least 6GB of RAM and a GPU with an HDMI 2.0a port, not to mention a 4K monitor or TV.

The two different Pioneer Ultra HD 4K Blu-Ray drive models will have slightly different features. The BDR-S11K-BK is the standard model, and the BDR-S11J-X is a quieter, high-end model with improved CD playback. Pioneer plans to release these new Blu-Ray drives near the end of next month in Japan. Unfortunately, there has been no plans to release the drives in the U.S. market announced as of yet.

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    January 30, 2017 10:30 AM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, Pioneer is Manufacturing the First 4K Blu-ray Driver for PCs

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      January 30, 2017 10:59 AM

      In article: Blu-Ray, not Blue-Ray.

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      January 30, 2017 11:03 AM

      Cool stuff. Hoping these come down in price soon

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      January 30, 2017 12:18 PM

      Think you mean drive, not driver though maybe they're making one of those as well.

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        January 30, 2017 12:47 PM

        One would hope they'd make both. I seem to recall there were USB BD drives that worked on the Mac but you couldn't play movies from them because the drivers/concepts simply didn't exist on the Mac. That "bag of hurt" Steve Jobs would talk about.

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          January 30, 2017 1:40 PM

          Legal Hdcp 2.2 decoding software apparrently doesnt exist for pc/mac platforms. I read cyberlink just recently got the permission to make software that can decode hdcp 2.2, so im sure thats coming anytime now.

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      January 30, 2017 12:51 PM

      Oh good, requires hardware DRM. What a mess.

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      January 30, 2017 1:08 PM

      What a time to be alive.

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      January 30, 2017 1:33 PM

      I wonder if current drives can still be used to rip 4K.

      I don't really play any BR live, I just rip them and reencode to h.265 MKV, saved to my NAS for later VOD.

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      January 30, 2017 1:38 PM

      This with cyberlink software, hdcp 2.2 will be finally cracked.