06/03/2006

Pioneer unveils first 25GB Blu-ray drive - IT Week

Pioneer unveils first 25GB Blu-ray drive - IT Week

Pioneer has unveiled a Blu-Ray drive for PC's. It will read and write all DVD formats (current ones) except DVD-RAM. It doesn't support CDs. The BDR-101A will retail somewhere between £340 and £400 so isn't cheap, but a single layer Blu-Ray disks supports 25GB (the drive only supports writing single layer disks, but can read dual-layer). A single layer rewritable disk will cost around £10.

In future capacity should increase to about 200GB. The next generation drive will support DVD-RAM as well as CDs.

The BDR-101A should be available this month.

Though the battle is still raging between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, having drives available will push users to this format, and Blu-Ray does offer poential higher capacities.
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