The recorder is one of the first available Blu-ray devices in the market and brings the optical storage standard's launch date close to that of the competing HD-DVD format.
Sony will start shipping samples of Blu-ray certified components this month, enabling manufacturers to start producing drives.
The HD-DVD format suffered a set-back earlier this month when Toshiba was forced to delay the launch its HD-DVD players until the first quarter of 2006. The players were originally scheduled for availability by late 2005.
The Pioneer BDR-101A will support Blu-ray as well as all DVD writable and rewritable discs. It offers write speeds of 2x for Blu-ray, 4x for DVD rewritables and 8x for single writable discs.
Pioneer said that it expects the first-generation device to appeal to professional users and enthusiasts. Pricing information was not disclosed.
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