While the streaming services are getting more and more coverage every day, we haven’t got to the point where we can stream 4K movies on our slow internet connections.

This is where Pioneer comes in. The company has released two new Blu-ray optical drives for Personal Computers; which feature the support for 4K movies, and also let users write their own Blu-ray discs.

Specifications and Features

The two drives are capable of writing four-layer Blu-ray disks, or re-writing to three-layer discs. Models are BDR-S11J-X and BDR-S11J-BK; and the former is slightly better than the latter. It has additional features such as vibration isolation and enhanced heat dissipation, as well as an audio check function to measure its quality.

The drives feature a high-speed read mode with high-speed rotation to read data quickly. Drives come with CyberLink software, including PowerDVD 14, PowerProducer 5.5 and a trial version of MediaEspresso 6.5.

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System Requirements

Drives require Windows 10 PC with a 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake i5/i7 processor, 6 GB of RAM and at least 25 GB storage. Connectivity requirements include HDMI 2.0a or HDCP 2.2, with a 4K (3840 x 2160) monitor (HDR support is recommended for better visuals).


The drives support the PureRead4+ technology which can better read scratched and dusty CDs. For now, the drives are available in Japan; but it won’t be a surprise to see them hit other markets soon. They’ll start shipping from next month.