Just yesterday TDK announced it was shipping Blu-ray discs to retailers, actual drive availability be damned. In reality, however, that hardware is a rather crucial factor. Trust me I tried spinning a Blu-ray disc around my finger really fast a CeBIT and I got nothing but a friction burn.
So today it is Fujitsu to the rescue as the company announced it will release a desktop with Blu-ray drive in Japan in June. Currently this date will make it the first manufacturer in the world to launch a PC containing the next generation drive and in line with such a statement the machine will sport top of the range specs.
Called the TX95S/D, it catches our attention most because of its stunning all-in-one media centre format fronted by a 37in 1080p resolution capable display and ably supported by a dual core Pentium D820 CPU, 1GB RAM, 600GB HDD capacity, two analogue and two digital TV tuners, HDMI and a slightly less impressive ATI Radeon X1600 graphics card. A 600,000 yen price tag has been put forward which translates to a proportionately very reasonable £2,899 though a straight current conversion sadly never really happens.
Interestingly, Fujitsu will play both sides of the next generation media war since it also revealed it will release an HD DVD based laptop in May to compete against Toshiba’s Qosmio G30. The NS95S/D laptop is again rather stunning since the Core Duo T2300 based machine manages to cram in 320GB of HDD space, 1GB RAM and that all important 1920 x 1080 resolution 17in display. Graphics again are the low point being just a Mobility Radeon X1400. A 400,000 yen (roughly £1,900) price tag has been set.
So no more Blu-ray disc finger spinning for me (at least for the first few months until I get bored of all that high definition goodness and yearn the burn).