Sony will launch its first Blu-ray player, in the US, this July. The BDP-S1 will sell for $1000 and is currently available for pre-order from certain US retail outfits. Like the previously announced Samsung Blu-ray model, the player can output a 1080p signal from suitably encoded software. It will also upscale standard DVDs via its HDMI output; disc interactivity will come from BD-Java. Contrary to expectations, the model will not be compatible with Super Audio CD software. Expect the brand to push the player’ss 1080p capability heavily, cross promoting the deck with the latest range of 1080p BRAVIA LCD TVs and SXRD microdisplay projection TVs. Sony has also confirmed it will introduce a Vaio RC desktop PC with Blu-ray rewritable drive during the Summer, and will follow this with a BD ready laptop. The first generation PC drive will support 25GB and 50GB recordable media, at 2x speed; a 25GB disc will take about 30 minutes to burn. The drive will also be compatible with double/dual-layer recordable DVD formats and CD-R and CD-RW media.