Well, sort of. Toshiba today introduced its first PC with a built-in DVD-ROM drive, but not for consumers. IBM is expected to announce a system for consumers in early June.
The new system, appropriately named the DVD Developer's Platform PC, is being sold only to software developers who are creating next-generation DVD-ROM titles. Toshiba says it will introduce a consumer PC with a built-in DVD-ROM drive sometime this summer after first saying that such systems would be introduced in March of this year.
They will also have access to a special Web site that will offer up-to-date information about title development and software downloads for various versions of Microsoft's operating systems.
The Developer's Platform comes with 32MB of memory, a 3.73GB hard drive, and MPEG-2 and Dolby digital audio decoder hardware. Qualified developers can buy the system for $999 for the first unit and $2,499 for additional units.