Last Friday I had the pleasure of meeting the kind crew at CyberLink, Volker Maxisch and Richard Carriere. Both jovial and lovely, we had a great chat about the future of the company and their focus as the go-to media player for file formats.

After selling 300 million copies of their software worldwide, their next focus (after significant investment, they joked) is their compatibility with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets, offering a virtual portal similar to Samsung’s offering though with added customisation.

The technology was indeed impressive. Their first demonstration was to throw me off the Burj Khalifa in a 360 video – which was very kind of them. The laptop functions as a second screen where outside viewers can see where the participant was looking at. They also demonstrated the home viewing theatre mode as well, using Hugo as an example. The lower resolution is a good demonstration that the technology of the HMDs are not quite there yet: compared to the big-screen counterparts, there was no comparison on which is superior. That said as a way to browse YouTube videos more easily to view the content, it was indeed excellent.

As a by-the-by, the crew also demonstrated other aspects of the software as well, including the fact that it is the world’s first player to be certified for the playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs, as well as comparability with HDR10 and TrueTheater HDR tech. Both produces a depth of colour and contrast which is unparalleled – an example they showed was a theatrical production which featured gold heavily, as a way to show brightness in contrast with the rest of the scene. Another was the film Oblivion, which showed how even in darker places it shows the details of the background. While not directly relevant to VR, the results were indeed very impressive.

“Since day one, PowerDVD has been about bringing people a premium media experience
built on technological advancements and innovations they won’t find anywhere else,” said Dr. Jau Huang, Chairman and CEO of CyberLink. “With PowerDVD 17 people can expect to enjoy leaps in quality—along with entirely new viewing adventures—that they’ve never seen before, making it a must-have addition for everyone looking to maximize the potential of their new PCs and TVs.”

Overall it was a very enjoyable briefing, and it was great to get an in-depth insight with the team to see the importance of creating a platform like this. It’s a very impressive piece of kit, and I will be keenly following their movements in the VR scene. If you are interested in further details, check their product page here.

Tom Ffiske