CyberLink on Tuesday launched PowerDVD 18, the latest iteration of its multimedia player which it claims is the ultimate solution for viewing any kind of visual content on Windows PCs. The new build of the service has been created with contemporary 4K entertainment in mind, being meant to play every currently popular video format on the planet, including HDR10, HEVC/H.265, and Ultra HD Blu-Ray videos. Besides improving on the capabilities of PowerDVD 17, the latest revision of the flagship tool comes with several additions such as the Mini View player which essentially allows for a picture-in-picture mode directly on your Windows machine. CyberLink says the multitasking-friendly functionality has been one of the most requested features from its users and also works well with PowerDVD 18's YouTube Live support which brings improved image quality and HDR to the broadcasting equation.
The program is advertised as the world's first platform for playing 4K UHD Blu-Ray content on Windows and also ships with Tri-View 360° Viewing Mode intended to quickly deliver an overview of every angle of a 360-degree video. PowerDVD 18 also allows you to save online videos for viewing at a later date and can even download such clips for offline viewing. Casting is still part of the package and now supports Amazon's Fire TV gadgets, whereas CyberLink previously made it compatible with Google's Chromecast, Roku, and the Apple TV platform. PowerDVD 18 can enhance SDR content to bring it closer to HDR-standard quality and essentially make it look better on supported displays, with those capabilities being delivered by the TrueTheater HDR framework.
The multimedia player can now be trialed or purchased in ten languages, with the company offering it as both a subscription service and a one-time purchase. A lifetime license is attached to three versions of PowerDVD, whereas subscriptions start at $14.99 per three months or $44.99 a year. The Standard version of the program is priced at $59.95, the Pro iteration goes for an extra $20, and PowerDVD 18 Ultra will set you back $99.95. Refer to the banner below to learn more about the differences between the versions or purchase the latest iteration of the software.