Pioneer brings first ever 4K UHD Blu-ray drives for PC thanks to the upgraded PC and laptop models that now support 4K playback and streaming. We already had so many 4K Blu-ray disc players in the market but not a single Blu-ray drive for PC was available. Pioneer has taken the initial step of bringing the technology to the PC hardware section.
It was debated a while ago that PCs didn’t have enough power to stream or play 4K content but with the Windows 10 and Intel’s latest 7th generation Kaby Lake Core i5 or Core i7 processors, systems using Intel’s latest processor can playback 4K. This means that PCs and laptops now support HDCP 2.2, HEVC and HDR features that are required to playback 4K content.
You might be thinking that disc drives are no longer a necessary part of a computer, but when it comes to 4K video sources the situation is quite different. Streaming 4K content isn’t available for everyone and even if it is available, you need to have an internet connection with good enough bandwidth of 20-25 Mbps to stream 4K content.
Users who own a Kaby Lake PC can opt for the Pioneer 4K UHD Blu-ray disc drive to start enjoying 4K content. The two disc drive models are BDR-S11K-BK and BDR-S11J-X. Requirements to use either of these two disc drives are simple – any PC or laptop running Windows 7 or higher with Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Kaby Lake processor. Besides that, you must also have a monitor that supports HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2