Hitachi Will Start To Ship Blu-ray Drive for PC In May

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Hitachi Japan has announced that they will be shipping external Blu-ray drive for PC in May in Japan.

The external drive not only works on Hitachi's own PC series "Prius", but also other personal computer systems via USB interface. The drive supports current DVD format as well as Blu-ray read/write.

Panasonic and Pioneer are also going to ship external drives in the near future. The personal computers equipped with next generation DVD drives will start to show up in the stores in this spring in Japan.

The war between the two formats - "Blu-ray Disc" backed by Sony and Panasonic, and "HD-DVD" backed by Toshiba, is going to heat up this year.

Toshiba's mass-produced HD-DVD player priced at 9USD, which is only half of the predicted price, will be released in March, in both Japan and North America.

On the Blu-ray side, Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sharp and Philips are going to release their Blu-ray products in this summer.

Logo_hitachi1_0111

Hitachi Japan has announced that they will be shipping external Blu-ray drive for PC in May in Japan.

The external drive not only works on Hitachi's own PC series "Prius", but also other personal computer systems via USB interface. The drive supports current DVD format as well as Blu-ray read/write.

Panasonic and Pioneer are also going to ship external drives in the near future. The personal computers equipped with next generation DVD drives will start to show up in the stores in this spring in Japan.

The war between the two formats - "Blu-ray Disc" backed by Sony and Panasonic, and "HD-DVD" backed by Toshiba, is going to heat up this year.

Toshiba's mass-produced HD-DVD player priced at 9USD, which is only half of the predicted price, will be released in March, in both Japan and North America.

On the Blu-ray side, Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sharp and Philips are going to release their Blu-ray products in this summer.