I am sure that there is a bunch of happy media center PC users out there that have been itching to add a Blu-ray drive to their computers. The catch has always been the high price of the drives that frequently cost near $1000.
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Pioneer is making Blu-ray much more affordable for media center users by bringing their BDC-2202 Blu-ray computer drive to the USA at an MSRP of $299. While it seems that the BDC-2202 doesn’t burn Blu-ray disks is can burn DVDs and CDs.The drive will be able to read BD-ROM/BD-R/BD-RE at up to 5x while reading BD-ROM DL and BD-R/RE DL at up to 2x speed. Software is also bundled with the drive to allow compatibility with commercially released Blu-ray movies.
“With the BDC-2202, computer savvy consumers are now privy to what was previously only available to professional users. In addition to maintaining the same benefits of current optical disc drives, the included software means users can now enjoy their favorite Blu-ray Disc movies as well as their own personal disc creations,” said Andy Parsons, senior vice president at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Via Pioneer press release.