Well it’s nice to see the force behind Blu-ray finally putting out a Blu-ray drive. Sony has announced that its BWU-100A Blu-ray Burner will begin shipping next month. The drive will cost you $750 USD, which is the lowest price we’ve seen on a Blu-ray drive yet, and will be able to burn both 25GB and 50GB BD-R/RE discs at 2x, meaning it’ll take around 30 minutes to burn a 25GB disc and 60 to burn a 50GB disc. Sony claims that their drive will also be able to burn most DVD±R/RW formats as well as CD-R/RW.
For those of you interested in using the device for Blu-ray movies, the BWU-100A will be able to do so, but only if your computer comes equipped with an HDCP-compliant video card from NVIDIA or ATI (or one of their many resellers). This means that, if you current video card isn’t HDCP-compliant, you’re going to have to run out and shell out more money if you want to use your PC as a Blu-ray player. Still, even with the new GPU, the price isn’t nearly as high as we’ve come to expect from Blu-ray drives, making this one of the better deals on the Blu-ray side of the high-def DVD war. Now all Sony has to do is make sure the PS3 doesn’t suck.