Optical disc drives are back in the year 2022

Against time and common sense, Pioneer has released a completely new optical drive.

Pioneer’s latest optical disc drive can not only play Blu-ray discs but also burn high-capacity discs. According to his Japanese website (via Tom’s equipment), BDR-213ZhBK supports 16x recording on single and dual-layer BD-R discs (up to 50 GB) and 14x recording on triple and quad layers BDR-XL discs (up to 128 GB). This means that you will be able to burn 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs at a decent speed.

For all the confused young people who have landed on this page, PCs used to have optical disc drives, which we used to install PC games, burn our stupid playlists to CDs, and even watch DVDs. Pioneer’s BDR-213JBK hopes to find a place inside your PC again so we can get back to ripping old anime DVDs onto our hard drives.

This ODD supports over 20 different disc formats from CD-RW to BD-R QL, which means you can play any CD, DVD, or Blu-ray in your attic collection. It even has a feature called PowerRead that claims to let you play any disc smoothly, even if it’s dirty or scratched.

Pioneer says it “expects growth in demand for optical discs and optical drives” due to what they say is the “spread of telecommuting” and the growing demand for large work data storage and call recording. Although, if Pioneer’s argument is that workstations use more physical memory, why not just use external SSDs or even smaller USB flash drives?

We started seeing off-the-shelf gaming PCs phasing out optical discs a little over ten years ago as download speeds increased, hard drives got bigger, and people opted for digital versions of games as platforms like Steam became more popular. . Music streaming services also became more visible, eliminating the need to record your own mixtapes. So maybe Pioneer knows something we don’t. I welcome the optimism, however.

Right now, the Pioneer BDR-213JBK is only available for sale in Japan for around $150, which isn’t as expensive as we thought. 12x burners like this usually cost around $120, so if you’re looking for a way to digitize your Blu-ray collection, you should consider this if it ever comes to the US.

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