Buffalo brings some HD DVD lovin' to desktops

Buffalo has laid claim to the world's first HD DVD drive made specifically for desktops computers. The HDV-ROM2.4FB can play back HD DVD-ROM, HD DVD-R, DVD±R/RW, CD-ROM and CD-R/RW media and will be available later this month.

While this may be the first 5.25" HD DVD drive for desktops machines, it's by no means the first HD DVD drive compatible with PCs. Earlier this year, Toshiba launched its Qosmio G30 Core Duo laptop with an integrated HD DVD drive while Acer offered up the Aspire 9800. Also worthy of mention is the Xbox 360's HD DVD drive add-on which works in Windows XP with some driver trickery and has native support in Windows Vista.

Buffalo's HDV-ROM2.4FB will have an estimated MSRP of 37,000 Yen or $320 USD. For comparison, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 HD DVD USB 2.0 drive retails for just $199. The HDV-ROM2.4FB will come bundled with a copy of Cyberlink’s  PowerDVD HD DVD Edition software.

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