1st Official HD-DVD drive for PCs

Buffalo will be launching the HDV-ROM2.4FB at the end of this month. Officially this HD-DVD drive (OEMed by Toshiba) will be the world's first HD-DVD drive for PCs. Some high-end PCs already shipped with HD-DVD drives, but until now it was impossible to buy any ATAPI HD-DVD drives sold independently for PCs. Next to HD-DVD discs, the device will of course also read all previous formats: DVD±R/RW, DVD±R/R DL, DVD-ROM and CD-R/RW/ROM.

The device will retail for about 38850JPY, thats ~337usd/254eur. Seems a bit expensive considering the Xbox 360 HD-DVD Addon is already available right now for just 199usd and can be used in Windows Vista (natively) and Windows XP (with some special drivers) too. The only thing missing in the Xbox360 HD-DVD package is PC software to playback HD-DVD movies. The Buffalo drive comes with PowerDVD HD-DVD Edition.

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I think i'll stick with my DVD-R for the next 2-4 years before we see the light from this mess. anyway what reasons do we have to get a HD-DVD or Blue ray? if you want more capacity then get another hard drive. I've seen 500GB Hitachi drives selling for USD 150.....

I would answer that stupid question but I happen to recognize his name and know that he trolls Betanews constantly, bashing anything that is a competitor to a Sony product, particularly the 360 or HD-DVD. If anyone else feels the need to reply to him, I recommend just not doing it. He'll come up with ridiculous arguments and never back down. Better to just laugh and ignore, as I will be starting now.

I think I read somewhere that the Xbox HD DVD has hardware decoding for codecs...so why does one need playback software? Any media player would do that.

Computer prices have officially lifted off the launch pad of reality with the intro of new machines for the holidays as well as HD/Bluray hardware.. The increases we see are not just for inflation and to recoup research cost. They are raking in more profit and we are the dup's who they intend to "rob". The IT industry has take a page out of the playbook from the movie, "Wall Street." To quote the character "Gordon Gecko," I guess that "Greed is Good." While this may be the mantra of hardware makers, prices have gotten WAY out of control. Our money is going into the pockets of Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and a host of other.

They already have fortunes they don't know what to do with and the Bush tax cuts are the USG's extra gift from the middle class. At present pace, most people will soon no longer be able to afford anything but a bare bones machine. Given our society operates on computers, this is a bad sign. With Dell in free fall due to bad decision-making (One ex- off-shoring their entire consumer division-management and all). It was first a bad deal for consumer, but the problem has come hime to roost on Michael Dell's "cyber-ranch."

It is time the industries big guys to keep prices within reach of middle class families. While costs should be falling, I find it interesting that cost of a PC which can operate Vista for ex is rising. While costs of older hardware fell, speed and capacity became the watchword. In the process, the size of software packages have grown exponentially and hardware needed to run more complex apps is one of the underlying problem. Speed and size requires greater complexity and sophistication in the PC. It is a vicious circle and one which the industry and Congress need to address this matter soon. Just as soon as :net neutrality implemented. That could have been another apocalypse. Let's hope that together, the major actors can keep PC costs reasonable.

Relax...It's not as terrible as you think.

It's true that the PC industry hasn't been this eventful in some time, but this is just a result from concept shifting and the emerging of new technologies. RAM prices are driven up by the high demand of C2D and it's not hard to imagine when the manufacturers catches up. Price for processors have actually fallen but are expected to be even better when AMD comes out with the answer to C2D. Sure the cost of DX10 video cards are somewhat beyond reason, but there're only TWO offered by ONE company, and not to mention they're top of the line. HD-DVD and Bluray are just out of the labs and how could we forget the $1000 2X CD writers we used to have?

This is just the nature of any industry and market. Competition and supply readiness are often the results of "greed," but are mandatory for stability.

Would it not be easier and cheaper to buy a Xbox HD-DVD drive, rip it out of the casing and put it in a PC, then grab Power HD-DVD?

So it only reads HD-DVDs, and doesn't write them, right? Seems pretty steep, especially when compared to the X360 addon.

The Plextor Blue-Ray recorder (I know different format but still..) costs I believe $1,000. I can imagine recorders for HD-DVD cost the same (I saw blank HD-DVD and Blue-Ray discs at Staples last week, though I don't know of any HD-DVD recorders for the PC, just extremely expensive stand-alone units for the TV). So really, the drive is probably pretty cheap to be honest if the Blue-Ray from Plextor for a PC costs $1000, HD-DVD can't be too much cheaper than that.

I think the reason the 360 unit is cheaper as MS got a deal plus it was only meant for the 360 from a marking point of view because Vista supports the drive natively. (Hidden agenda MS?)

I'm holding off on either format right now, too expensive for the players to be worth it.