Sony Unveils First BD ROM Drive

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Sony Electronics has unveiled its first internal Blu-ray Disc (BD) ROM Drive, the BDU-X10S for the computer after-market. According to Sony, the BDU-X10S offers consumers an affordable option to upgrade their desktop to a Blu-ray player that can also play DVDs and CDs.

BDU-X10S comes bundled with CyberLink’s PowerDVD BD Edition software for playback of commercial movie titles, recorded Blu-ray Disc home videos, DVD-ROMs, and CD-ROMs. The BD ROM Drive also supports playback of recorded Blu-ray Discs in MPEG-2 or H.264 format, standard DVD-Video discs or recorded DVDs encoded with MPEG-2 or AVCHD formats.

The internal drive allows easy transfer of data or videos through its high-speed Serial ATA (SATA) interface. Its standard 5.25-inches form factor enables easy installation in desktop PCs running Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP operating systems, and is an ideal replacement for an existing DVD-ROM drive.

The BDU-X10S is capable of playing back commercial Blu-ray movies as well as personally-created Blu-ray content. Commercial Blu-ray movies can be viewed on computers that incorporate an HDCP-compliant graphics card offering DVI or HDMI connections, HDCP-compliant computer display, and software that supports BD-ROM playback.

Other technical specifications of the BDU-X10S include: 8x DVD ROM (Read Only), 24X CD-ROM (Read Only), Data Buffer size of 4MB, physical dimensions of 5.25 x 1.63 x 7.0-inches and installation angle supporting both vertical and horizontal.

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