We knew it would happen soon, but man was that quick. Manufactures of optical drives already have out new versions that will read Blu-Ray and HD DVD. Pioneer released early this week its first volley into the battle with the BRD-101A, capable of producing Blu-Ray disks. NEC returned fire with its first HD DVD drive, the HR-1100A. Both of the drives can do their respective high capacity disks, but unlike the Pioneer, the NEC can read CDs too. Sweet. Both are going to hit the streets around $600.
This is going to be a long war folks.
EDIT: Good catch on the spelling of Blu-Ray.