Sony unveils the UBP-X1000ES, an universal 4K Blu-Ray player
Sony unveils the UBP-X1000ES, an universal 4K Blu-Ray player. Image credit: Digital Trends.

The Japanese electronics giant, Sony, has unveiled its latest set of audiovisual products at CEDIA 2016. The highlight of the announcement was Sony’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player with support for full 4K video and HDR: the UBP-X1000ES.

Sony’s new Blu-ray player announcement comes on the eve of the PlayStation 4 Slim release. The thin PS4 is launching this week, while the enhanced PS4 Pro model will make its debut on November 10.

The UBP-X1000ES also comes amid a wave of controversy for Sony regarding the specs of the PS4 Pro. The Pro was expected to support 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, but in the end, the company had to admit its new console wouldn’t support the technology.

The UBP-X1000ES will not hit the market this year

Sony’s new universal player supports a range of optical disc formats besides Ultra HD Blu-ray, making it an all-in-one device for tech enthusiasts looking for the highest quality media device in the market.

The Director of Home Entertainment Systems for Sony Electronics, Yukio Ishikawa, presented the Blu-ray player during the company’s official exhibition at CEDIA 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

“the new UBP-X1000ES player has been long awaited by custom installers who desire a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that provides a “one-stop” solution for their clients’ premium entertainment needs. Our new reference model has been specifically designed to deliver the highest quality video and audio possible and will excite the most demanding A/V enthusiasts,” said Ishikawa.

What formats does the UBP-X1000ES supports? 

The UBP-X1000ES Ultra HD Blu-ray, DVD video, DVD audio, CD, SA-CD, Blu-ray 3D, and BD-ROM. Moreover, the UBP-X1000ES can stream video in 4K and deliver the highest image fidelity possible thanks to its High Dynamic Range (HDR) and its Precision HD Drive.

Furthermore, the new media box by Sony can automatically upscale HD content to higher resolutions almost reaching 4K. The UBP-X1000ES will also include built-in compatibility with a web-based cloud maintenance network for all of the users’ tech support needs. It comes with a three-year warranty.

However, this cutting-edge device will not be available to the general public. Sony plans on selling its first 4k HDR Blu-ray player only from custom installers and authorized retailers of high-end A/V systems. The Japanese company has yet to disclose the cost of the UBP-X1000ES, but customers can expect an above-average price for the top-rated product starting in Spring 2017.

The Japanese company has yet to disclose the cost of the UBP-X1000ES, but customers can expect an above-average price, and the company expects to release it in Spring 2017.

Source: Sony