Pioneer has revealed plans to release the first ever Ultra HD Bluray drives for desktop PCs. In a recent press release, the digital entertainment company confirmed that two editions will be available from late Feburary: the BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X models. As of yet, it appears the UHD Blu-ray drives will initially only be available in Japan.
The BDR-S11J-X is the more advanced of the two: equipped with a flat cable, anti-vibration components and a gloss paint finish. The BDR-S11J-X will also display the audio playback quality of a disk, before using that data to recommend settings for an optimum playback configuration. Both editions will require a Windows 10 PC running an i7 or i5 Kaby Lake processor, in order to support 4K playback.
Included with each model is Pioneer's PureRead4+ technology, which provides improved disk reading performance on dirty and scratched disks. Additionally, a set of bundled CyberLink software comes packed with the drivers, such as CyberLink PowerDVD 14 and PowerProducer 5.5.