It's amazing that there's still a market for DVD playback software for computers these days, although as is clear by CyberLink's latest iteration of PowerDVD which has reached version 12, DVD playback is really just a minor feature these days. CyberLink should really change the name of its software, but the familiar name is most likely selling the company a lot of software, despite the fact that the software has evolved far beyond DVD playback.

It's amazing that there's still a market for DVD playback software for computers these days, although as is clear by CyberLink's latest iteration of PowerDVD which has reached version 12, DVD playback is really just a minor feature these days. CyberLink should really change the name of its software, but the familiar name is most likely selling the company a lot of software, despite the fact that the software has evolved far beyond DVD playback.

PowerDVD 12 comes with a range of new features including converting standard Blu-ray to 3D Blu-ray, 3D support for YouTube, support for a range of new audio formats such as DTS-HD 7.1, OGG, FLAC and MK3D, a music store and maybe most importantly support for converting and syncing media with mobile devices. Additional mobile device support also comes in the shape of a mobile version of PowerDVD that is supplied free with the Ultra version of PowerDVD 12 and the option of using your smartphone as a remote for PowerDVD 12.

What strikes us as a bit odd though is that the standard version of PowerDVD 12 lacks Blu-ray playback support, yet CyberLink is charging no less than US$49.95 for this software and at the same time manages to cut out features such as 3D video support, syncing and video transcoding which makes this a fairly poor purchase. The Pro version, priced at US$79.95 is nearly fully featured and just lacks the mobile apps, some streaming features and 7.1-channel audio support which can be forgiven, but the steep price point is off-putting. The Ultra version is priced at US$99.95 which does include all the mobile apps for both Android and iOS, which would otherwise be an extra cost of US$24.98, a fairly minor saving compared to adding them separately to the Pro version, but yet again not what we'd call good value for money unless you really take advantage of the features on offer.

Souce: CyberLink