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TDK’s first Blu-ray discs hit the shelves

TDK is shipping its first 25- and 50-gig Blu-ray discs, in both writeable and rewriteable formats.


The Blu-ray disc format, which will be used for all PlayStation 3 games, is slowly but surely hitting the market on the PC side, today with an announcement from TDK that it is shipping its first cartridge-free 50- and 25-gigabyte discs.

The price for a single 25 GB BD-R disc is $19.99, and it shoots all the way up to $59.99 for a 100 GB BD-RE (rewriteable). Obviously that’s way out of any reasonable consumer’s price range, but hopefully some early adopters will enjoy the new format and its extravagant prices will come down before the PS3 brings the format mainstream for both games and movies.

Here’s some press-release babble; click below for the full press release with all the specs, and links to a bit more coverage.

“TDK is pleased to be the first to market with bare Blu-ray Disc media, which can be counted among the most significant product introductions in the company’s distinguished 70 year history,” noted Bruce Youmans, TDK Vice President of Marketing.

• Press Release from TDK
• TDK Blu-ray media now shipping [Joystiq]

EARLIER: Our take on the raging battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD.

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