Sony’s New 4K HDR UHD Blu-ray Player Hits Shelves in March At Competitive Price

by on February 12, 2017

Stephan Jukic – February 12, 2017

After first announcing during CES that they’d finally join the ranks of Panasonic, Samsung, Philips and others in releasing a 4K Blu-ray player, Sony has now also unveiled the pricing and release date details for their new device.

The UBP-X800 4K ultra HD Blu-ray player is the first of its kind from Sony for the consumer market and it will be selling for a more or less competitive price of $299.99 with a release date of early March, though it’s already available on pre-order from the Sony online store.

Overall, while the price of the UBP-X800 compares well to those of Samsung’s Philip’s and Panasonic’s 4K Blu-ray players, you’d probably find better value in UHD Blu-ray playback by going with Microsoft’s Xbox One S. It delivers the same 4K disc playback bet sweetens the pot heavily with the addition of an entire HDR gaming system with 4K upscaling to boot. The Xbox One S will also offer Dolby Atmos sound with a firmware update slated for early this year and it supports the main HDR10 format that comes with 4K HDR Blu-ray discs. Best of all, the One S sells for about the same price as the UBP-X800 and includes hundreds of GB of storage space as another bonus feature.


Moving back to the UBP-X800, it too supports HDR and playback compatibility with assorted hard and streamed media sources and Sony has said that the device will be compatible with “virtually every optical disc format, including Blu-ray 3D and regular old fashioned music CDs. The UBP-X800 will also undoubtedly be wonderfully compatible with the numerous, apparently superb 4K HDR TVs that the company is releasing this year as well. The new disc media player is also Sony’s answer to the 4K Blu-ray playback capacity that everyone expected of the PlayStation 4 Pro when it came out in late 2016. To the disappointment of many consumers, the PS4 Pro lacked this technology, and we’re pretty sure it was because of the company’s plans for releasing the UBP-X800.

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