The first “Built for PC” HD DVD drive has been built and released
. Taking up a standard 5.25” expansion bay, the new “HDV-ROM2.4FB” is an HD drive that is also compatible with various older formats such as DVD and CD. This is definitely not the first method of getting HD formats onto a computer, as onboard drives in laptops and other external models have been available for some time, but this is the first on the shelf upgrade piece that can be acquired. The price isn't bad at all, starting with a retail of around $320, which is in line with a first-gen optical release. Successive versions will likely drive prices down.