Pioneer today announced a Blu-ray writer which wirelessly connects to your computer and allows wireless playback of Blu-ray discs and wireless Blu-ray recording. The device with model number BDR-WFS05J can be used using Wifi in two modes. In access point mode the drive is directly connected to the computer using an, according to Pioneer, high-speed USB virtualisation technology.
In station mode the drive connects to your computer through the router. The latter is slower and can only be used to write and playback CDs and DVDs.
Using the Access Point Mode which allows speeds of up to 70 Mbps it’s possible to write and stream Blu-ray discs. Besides connecting wireless it’s also possible to hook up the drive to your computer using USB 3.0 which also can supply power to the unit. When not connected to USB it’s possible to power the drive with an included adapter. For the wireless connection the drive is placed in a aluminium dock.
The specifications of the drive are the same as Pioneer’s BDR-XS05J Blu-ray writer. It can write Blu-ray recorables at a maximum of 6x, BDXL discs at 4x, and BD-RE discs at 2x. The drive writes DVDs at 8x and CDs at 24x. Blu-ray discs are read at speeds of up to 6x, DVDs at 8x and CDs at 24x and discs are inserted and ejected using a slot instead of a tray. Also 3D and protected Blu-ray discs are supported and it’s possible to boot from it.
The drive is bundled with Cyberlink PowerDVD 10, PowerDirector 10, PowerProducer 5, Power2Go 7, InstantBurn 5, PowerBackup 2, LabelPrint 2 and MediaShow 6.
The BD-R WFS05J will launch in Japan at the end of this month at 25,000 Yen which equals about $250.