Sony Japan announced today a new stand alone DVD-R/RW recorder with the codename "RDR-A1". It supports both the DVD-R and DVD-RW format and of course can playback DVD-ROM format. The drive's price isn't yet announced and it will hit the Japan market at 21 of September 2001. Sony will ship also DVD-R and DVD-RW media at the same time capable of recording up to 120minutes DVD quality video. As it seems Sony will support both DVD-RW (in Japan) and DVD+RW formats (rest of the world).
Playback: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, CD-R/RW/DA and VideoCD
Recording type: Image: MPEG sound: AC3 and linear PCM
Size (W?H?D): 430?115?367 (mm)
CPRM Copy Protection
Video recording time: SP (standard) up to 2 hours, MN (manual) up to 1-6 hours
Supports DVD-R v1.1 and DVD-RW v1.0 recording formats