Sony could launch 4K Blu-ray player later this month

Sony revealed a glimpse of its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player at IFA in Berlin but it looks like the CEDIA show in Dallas in September could be the scene for the official unveiling of a number of new 4K Blu-ray players from various brands, including Sony.

While the Sony stand at IFA was only showing a prototype 4K player, with very little information to go with it, Victor Matsuda, chair of the Blu-ray Disc Association’s promotions committee, suggested we could see multiple new 4K players in a matter of weeks.

Speaking to What Hi-Fi?, Matsuda said: "The announcement is going to happen in a couple of weeks and hopefully more than one product. I'm expecting a couple of announcements from CEDIA."

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Any new Ultra HD Blu-ray machines would join the Samsung UBD-K8500 (£319), Panasonic DMP-UB900 (£599), the new Panasonic DMP-UB700 (£400) and the Xbox One S on the market.

We could also see news from Sony next week in the form of the new PlayStation Neo, which is tipped to support 4K video, in line with the 4K Blu-ray-supporting Xbox One S. The PS3 was notably one of the first Blu-ray machines.

We’ll find out more from PlayStation next week, while CEDIA takes place between 13th and 16th September in Dallas, USA.

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This article was updated on 8th September following subsequent clarifications from the Blu-ray Disc Association.

Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).