Blue ray drives have been out for a bit now. They use caddies. Remember those cds that were encased in case trays that were used to slide into a case tray drive?
The blue ray drives that were released a while ago only used those tray dvds(dvds are permanently stored in the trays..nonremovable). They have kickass capacity but...the going price for one of those drives a couple months ago was in the thousands..and the dvds were insanely expensive too.
According to articles i read awhile back, that technology for the time being was gonna be for more commercial applications only...possibly consumer use much later in the future.
The reason for this being that the majority of dvdburner use is currently for burning commercial dvds(movies). Blue laser dvds have the caddies thus requiring entirely new standalone dvd players ..no backwards compatibility and it is cost prohibitive for moviemakers to be releasing dvds on blue laser dvds when it isn't needed...it isn't gonna happen because it isn't profitable. There was mention of consumer use for blue laser dvds when the storage capacity was needed for high definition dvds in the future when and if that was standardized. You can imagine how long that's gonna be. The only current use for the drives is data backup hence ..commercial use only.
I do not see blue ray drives competing with dual sided dvd burners for a long while yet. There isn't even talk of it being available to consumers yet(not reasonably priced at least though if u got the money.....).
As far as i can tell, the situation hasn't changed though i might be wrong. No news at all about updates or status of blue ray optical drives. I haven't really been checking recently so things may have changed. I doubt that blue ray drives are coming out anytime soon if dual sided dvd burners are gonna be released. I imagine the companies associated with blue ray drive technologies(also releasing dualsided dvdburners) wouldn't want to release 2 competing technologies in the same price/demographic area.
My 2 cents/take on the matter.
A year ago, i was really pumped on blue laser optical tech...now..i'm just damned glad we got dualsided dvdburners:iagree:
Hope this helps.