Cheaper Blu-ray recorder coming from Sony
With the first set-top Blu-ray player and its PC recorder counterpart both selling for around $999, the Blu-ray format currently looks all but
affordable. However, Sony is readying another
5.25" Blu-ray recorder that will be a little easier on the wallet. Dubbed BWU-100A, the device will launch next month at a slightly more reasonable price of $750.
Despite costing less than Pioneer's $999 burner, the Sony drive will be
able to write to both 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer BD-R or
BD-RE discs. Pioneer's offering, meanwhile, is single-layer only.
DVD and CD burning are also supported by the Sony drive, which
will ship with a copy of CyberLink's BD
Solution Blu-ray authoring software. The BWU-100A is scheduled for release in
August, a time frame similar to the expected August 15 release date for
Sony's first set-top Blu-ray player.