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.

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