Toshiba has unveiled one of the first HD-DVD burners for the PC, dubbed the SD-H903A.
It writes to HD-DVD discs at a scarily slow 1x, and also manages to write to DVD +/- R, DVD-RAM, DVD +/- RW, CD-R, and CD-RW. Phew! It also has an 8MB buffer for reliable writing - although with HD-DVD writing, you could possibly use a bit more.
HD-DVD discs can store up to 30GB on a dual-layer disc.
It will play HD-DVD movies that are encoded with HDCP copy protection. However, if you just want to playback movies, a cheaper option is probably going to be to hack apart the Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on drive, which is just a 5.25" drive in a USB case.
There are no prices as of yet, but expected it to cost a good few hundred quid.
Do you fancy having HD-DVD as a backup option? With the recent news that the AACS copy protection has been cracked, do you fancy becoming an HD pirate? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.