Sony Europe's IT Peripherals division today announced the availability of a free Blu-ray movie player software update for its BWU-100A Blu-ray Disc drive retail kit for PCs.

The CyberLink PowerDVD software upgrade is available from the Sony Storage website, accompanied by multi-language download instructions, and enables the playback of commercial Blu-ray movies (BD-ROMs) as well as personally created Blu-ray content.

Launched in September 2006 the new package will include the CyberLink BD Solution software bundle which promises to provide a complete studio of applications for capturing, authoring, editing and burning high-definition content, such as 1080i HD footage from a HDV camcorder.

The BWU-100A is available on the Internet and in major retailers at an estimated retail price of £599 incl. VAT.