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The Lite-On DX-4O1S external drive  (Source: PLDS)
Hook a Blu-ray Disc drive up to your laptop

With Blu-ray Disc now the clear victor in the high-definition format war, those cautious about buying hardware can spend with ease. Those with home theater PCs or laptops will be pleased to learn that Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS) will be soon releasing its first USB external BD-ROM drive in Q2 2008.

“Due to recent market developments we can expect an increasing volume of movies to be released in high definition on Blu-ray Discs,” said Jelmer Veldman, European Marketing Manager at PLDS. “The market adoption of Blu-ray as the optical disc standard for High Definition content results in a growing demand for Blu-ray playback solutions. The portable external Lite-On BD-ROM drive allows users to playback their Blu-ray discs on any PC via a USB 2.0 cable.”

The upcoming model, designated the Lite-On DX-4O1S can read Blu-ray Disc media at 4X, single-layer DVD at 12X, dual-layer DVD at 8X, and CD media at 32X maximum.

Those who prefer internal drives can find the Lite-On Blu-ray Disc drives for around $150.

Alternatively, HTPC addicts may consider the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive, now on clearance for $50. While HD DVD may have limited future potential, the Xbox 360 add-on, which works with natively with Windows Vista, is an affordable option to view today’s high-definition content.

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The Xbox DX-4O1S?
By Lord 666 on 2/27/2008 6:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
So how long will it be before there is a Xbox 360 version?

RE: The Xbox DX-4O1S?
By crazyblackman on 2/27/08, Rating: -1
RE: The Xbox DX-4O1S?
By DingieM on 2/28/2008 4:17:21 AM , Rating: 1
Nothing to do with ignorance, which makes you quite ignorant of the situation and thoughts of others.

I have an Xbox360 and willing to purchase the coming Blu-Ray add-on, if its not to expensive. I have a real life to conduct too you know.

Wow you mean to say PS3 is the real next-gen and the Xbox360 is not? Wake up dude, I don't really call a device with an underdeveloped graphics processing unit next-gen (PS3).
The PS3 isn't blowing the Xbox360 out of the water at all, and its not going to either in the long run if you understand technology inside and developer friendliness.
And in a couple of years the new gen will be coming. And there is always the choice for a PC.

Or just wait for a stand-alone Blu-Ray player which does cost a lot less than a PS3. Don't expect the PS3 to drop further in price anytime soon.

RE: The Xbox DX-4O1S?
By anonymo on 2/28/08, Rating: 0
"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken
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