Pioneer unveils 8x Blu-ray writer for PCs

Pioneer has unveiled its latest Blu-ray writer, the BDR-203BK, which writes at 8x speeds to both single layer and dual layer BD-R discs.

In addition the BDR-203BK is compatible with DVD-R/RW, +R/RW, DVD-RAM and CD media types, with 2x write speeds for BD-RE, 16x write speeds for DVD-R/+R, 8x write speeds for DVD-R DL/+R DL and 32x write speeds for CD-R media.

"Now Blu-ray is cemented as the next generation storage and media distribution format, sales of Blu-ray content and devices have been strong on the back of greater consumer confidence in the technology", says Brendan Sheridan, product manager, Pioneer Europe, multimedia division.

"The availability of products such as the BDR-203BK with great flexibility in terms of disc compatibility, extensive DL capacities and faster writing speeds adds to the growing momentum behind Blu-ray".

The BDR-203BK will be available for companies to purchase to offer in their PCs from February 2009, and is expected to cost around 250 euros.