MCE Tech has come out with a new line of Blu-ray drives for the Mac Pro and, surprisingly, the Power Mac. The new drives offer Blu-ray recording at up to 8x and DVD recording at up to 16x.
The new drives are compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 with Encore as well as Roxio Toast 10 Titanium with the HD/BD Plug-in. The drives start at $399 for an internal 6x Blu-ray recorder and go up to $529 for an external 8x Blu-ray recorder. The 8x internal drive runs $429.
While you can use the drives to record data to Blu-ray discs and even author a few Blu-ray movies, you can’t actually watch any on your new Mac. Blu-ray movies are not supported on OS X in any fashion, and while MCE Tech would like you to believe that that’s changing soon, no companies have stepped forward and taken up the torch. Apple certainly doesn’t want to step into the fray quite yet, choosing instead to push digital distribution via its iTunes Media Stores.