6x Slot USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD Burner. Horizontal or Vertical Orientation. Supports BDXL™ format. Picture frame capability. USB Bus Powered. CyberLink® software included.

  • USB 3.0
  • Slot Loading Mechanism
  • Horizontal or Vertical Orientation (with included stand)
  • One Side can be used as a Picture Frame
  • Supports BDXL, Blu-ray, DVD, and CD media




The BDR-XS05 slim slot portable USB 3.0 BD/DVD/CD burner is the next generation Blu-ray burner from Pioneer.  The BDR-XS05 has a smooth slot loading mechanism, can be used horizontally or vertically (with the included stand), and one side of the drive can be used as a picture frame.  

The drive is black on one side and silver on the other.  The silver side has thumb screws which can be loosened by hand allowing a picture to be inserted under a clear plastic panel.  Three design sheets are included to customize the drive (black, pink and white).   

The BDR-XS05 allows users to watch Blu-ray movies, edit and author high definition Blu-ray home movies, as well as the ability to store valuable personal files with the included CyberLink software.  The drive supports BDXL1 so up to 128GBs of data can fix on one disc for added convenience.  And the BDR-XS05 is backwards compatible so not only can it read and write to the latest Blu-ray media but it also supports DVD and CD media as well.   

The BDR-XS05 also has unique features such as PowerRead™, Auto Quiet mode, and PureRead2+. PowerRead3 can provide smoother movie playback when a disc has fingerprints or minor surface scratches.  Auto Quiet mode intelligently adjusts the disc rotation speed to reduce noise (useful while watching movies or listening to music), and PureRead4 automatically adjusts the drive parameters to minimize sound glitches during music playback.   Auto Quiet mode and PureRead can be configured as well as enabled and disabled with the Pioneer BDR-XS05 Drive Utility.  The utility is available for download here.    

The BDR-XS05 measures only 5.3" (W) X 0.8" (H) X 5.3" (D), weighs a mere 11.6 ounces, and also has the ability to be powered directly via USB (no AC adaptor needed).

Drive Features

Store more data
…Up to 156% more data storage capacity than a 50GB Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc. The BDXL™ format supports BDXL Blu-ray media (including 128GB Quad Layer (QL) and 100GB Triple Layer (TL) Blu-ray Disc™).


Faster burning
6x2 writing on BD-R single-layer and dual-layer discs.  4x writing on BD-R triple-layer and quad layer discs.

An eco-friendly drive

  • Smaller packaging - saves resources and fuel for transportation.
  • Reduced power consumption on external USB drives which allows for eco-friendly USB bus-powered drives.
Smooth movie playback
Scratches, fingerprints and other abnormalities on the surface of a disc can sometimes cause Blu-ray and DVD movie playback to stop.  When a PowerRead enabled drive is not able to read through obstructed areas of a disc, it will attempt to quickly move forward to the next available data point, resulting in smoother Blu-ray and DVD movie playback3.
A smarter drive
Pioneer drives with Auto Quiet mode, monitor how they are being used and will adjust their speed automatically – high speed for data transfer, and low speed for music or movie playback.
A better music experience
Scratches and fingerprints on your CDs can cause them to skip. A drive normally makes a calculated guess at the unreadable data and attempts to correct this to match the original music. However this is not 100% accurate. PureRead, when enabled, makes the drive reread the obscured data to extract the original music as accurately as possible4.
Wide blank media support
Pioneer strives to have best in class performance over a wide range of media – our drives achieve this for a large variety of BD and DVD media. Refer to the drive’s media support list for all supported media and the write speed that can be achieved.


CyberLink Software Included

The BDR-XS05 is bundled with CyberLink Media Suite 10, which includes PowerDVD 10, PowerDirector® 10, and Power2Go® 7.  PowerDVD 10 delivers award winning playback software and will even upscale standard-definition content to high-definition quality.  PowerDirector 10 allows you to import your home movies, edit them, and then author them to Blu-ray Disc or DVD, or upload them to social media sites.  Power2Go 7 gives you the ability to burn your valuable files to Blu-ray (including triple and quad layer BDXL discs), DVD or CD media.  With BDXL support, you can now back up your files with fewer discs than ever before, and since the drive is portable and USB bus powered, all of this can be done virtually anywhere.  


Software Minimum System Requirements:

Hardware: 1 Available USB 3.0 port or 2 available USB 2.0 ports
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 8, 7, Vista® and XP SP3
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6750 (2.66MHz), AMD® Phenom 9450 (2.1GHz) or faster
Video Card: Intel G45, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600GT, AMD Radeon® HD2600 or faster

HDCP5 compliant display required for Blu-ray playback

1024 x 768 minimum display resolution


2GB RAM required for Blu-ray playback

3GB RAM or greater recommended for editing HD video

Hard Disk Space:

5GB available space minimum

128GB or more available space required for creating quad-layer Blu-ray Discs

Write Support
  • CD-R, CD-RW
Read Support
Write Speed
  • BD-R SL/DL = 6x, BD-R TL/QL = 4x, BD-R LTH = 6x
  • BD-RE SL/DL/TL = 2x
  • 8x
  • 6x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 6x
  • 6x
  • 24x
  • 24x
Read Speed
  • BD-R SL/DL = 6x, BD-R TL/QL = 4x, BD-R LTH = 6x
  • BD-RE SL/DL = 6x, BD-RE TL = 4x
  • BD-ROM SL/DL = 6x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 8x
  • 24x
  • 24x
  • 24x
Other Specifications
  • 4MB
  • Horizontally
  • USB 3.0
  • Mac OS X 10.8/10.7/10.6 & Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3
  • 5.31" (W) x 0.80" (H) x 5.31" (D)
  • 135 (W) x 20.3 (H) x 135 (D)
  • 330g or 11.6 oz


Date Description
Oct 8, 2013
BDR-XS05 Drive Utility
Version 1.0
The Pioneer BDR-XD05 Drive Utility allows for the configuration of the Quiet Drive and PureRead features. The Pioneer BD Drive Utility is only for the Pioneer BDR-XD05 and works only in Windows.

BDR-XS05 Drive Utility - Windows OS

Oct 8, 2013
BDR-XS05 USB 2.0 Driver
Version 2.0
This driver is for windows when using USB 2.0 ports. If using USB 3.0 or a Mac computer, its not applicable.

BDR-XS05 Windows USB 2.0 High Speed Driver


Click here for available firmwares

    Frequently Asked Questions for the BDR-XS05


    1. - Are both USB connectors needed for operation?

    Answer: When using a USB 3.0 port, only the main connector is needed.  The small secondary cable is not needed.  When using a USB 2.0 port, both connectors might be needed as some computers output less power than others through the USB ports. On some PCs, one USB cable is enough, but to be safe and to avoid write errors, connecting both USB cables is highly recommended.  If using only one USB connector, the main USB connector must be used, not the secondary connector (short cable) that is attached to the main connector.


    2. - When installing the CyberLink software, why do I get the message "This software can only be installed with a Pioneer device.  The setup will abort."?

    Answer: The BDR-XS05 must be connected directly to the computer with its USB connectors when installing the CyberLink software. Please ensure the BDR-XS05 is connected and recognized by the operating system and then restart the software installation.  


    3. - Is connection by USB 2.0 fast enough to watch Blu-ray titles?

    Answer: To watch Blu-ray titles, you need to read the Blu-ray Disc at 1x.  To watch Blu-ray 3D titles, you need to read the disc at 2x.  Connection by USB 2.0 can allow reading of Blu-ray Discs up to 6x, so USB 2.0 is more than enough in most operating environments.  Of course with USB 3.0, its even more than enough.


    4. - Can I see the files I burned to a BDXL disc on any Blu-ray drive?

    Answer: BDXL discs can only be read on BDXL drives.  


    5. - Can I use the BDR-XS05 with other burning/playback/editing software?

    Answer: The BDR-XS05 will work with newer software in a Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3 environment. In a limited way, it will even work with Mac OS X software. However, as with all current Blu-ray drives, it will not work with playback software that does not support Bus Encryption. Bus Encryption was implemented into playback software in 2011.


    6. - Does the BDR-XS05 work in a Mac OS X environment?

    Answer: The drive can operate in a Mac OS X environment (Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8). Use Finder to read and write to Blu-ray, DVD and CD media.  Use DVD player to play back DVD movies.  Blu-ray playback requires additional software (not included).  The software provided is only for Windows OS.


    7. - Can I use the drive in a vertical orientation?

    Answer: Yes, the drive can be used in a vertical orientation with the included stand.  


    8. - How can I change the PureRead and Auto Quiet Mode settings?

    Answer: PureRead and Auto Quiet Mode can be configured as well as enabled and disabled with the Pioneer BDR-XS05 Drive Utility. This utility is available for download on this website. 


    9. - I started the Pioneer BDR-XS05 Drive Utility. Why are all the options grayed-out and it says “Target is not found”?

    Answer: Ensure that the drive is connected and recognized by the computer before starting the utility. Ensure that the correct utility (BDR-XS05) is used. Connect the drive to the PC and restart the BDR-XS05 utility.


    10. - Can I connect the BDR-XS05 to a PC through a USB hub?

    Answer: If the USB hub is powered (AC adapter), the BDR-XS05 may work, however the drive’s read and write speed may be reduced. The BDR-XS05 will not work if the USB hub is not powered.


    11. - Why can’t I play Blu-ray titles or high definition copy protected content, but I can play DVDs?

    Answer: From January 1, 2012, all playback software is required to disable analog outputs from the PC for high-definition copy protected content. For such content, an HDCP display (monitor/TV) is required and it must be connected to the PC using a digital DVI (DVI-D), HDMI, or DisplayPort cable. The best way to know if a display supports HDCP is if it has HDMI inputs. The next best way is to look at the display's user manual. When playing non-copy-protected high definition video (such as home videos), or copy protected DVDs, the computer’s analog outputs are enabled and non-HDCP display systems will work. Note: This limitation is not applicable to notebook computers with built-in displays, only when using external monitors.


    Have additional questions? 

    Contact Pioneer Technical Support at: 800-872-4159