Sony always been a trailblazer when it comes to new formats, but it is been unusually late in supporting Ultra HD Blu-ray.
Samsung and Panasonic both released players last year, and even smaller companies such as Oppo now have players out in the wild before Sony’s debut player, the UBP-X800, has seen a release. And now Sony has officially announced pricing and availability details of its 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The Sony UBP-X800 will be available in stores across the US in March for $300 or approximately ₹20059. Sony has also provided an option to pre-order the device.
It is the first 4K Blu-ray player that Sony is selling to consumers, and it’s also compatible with “virtually every optical disc format” including Blu-ray 3D and Super Audio CD.
The X800 can stream 4K content from services like Netflix aside from being able to play UHD Blu-ray discs. The X800 also supports DVD, CD, Blu-ray 3D, and has a USB port for other digital content. Support for HDR content is another feature of interest. The UBP-X800 features integrated Bluetooth to work with wireless headphones.
Sony is pricing the X800 at $300, which really drives home the value of the Xbox One S — Microsoft’s redesigned system sells for the same price or lower, and you get a full-on games console to go with your 4K Blu-ray capability. (Sony, for whatever reason, still does not make a PlayStation 4 that can play UHD discs.
Sony has also announced pricing and availability details on its newest lineup of 4K HDR Ultra HD televisions. The XBR-X800E, XBR-850E, XBR-X900E and the XBR-X930/XBR-X940E are also available to pre-order today in the US, and will be in stores there in March. Prices range from USD 1000 for the basic 43-inch XBR-X800E to $7500 for the 75-inch XBR-X940E.