Toshiba To Release Four 3D Blu-ray Recorders, Introduces "3D Upgrade Kit" Concept

As if the eight 3D LCD TVs Toshiba yesterday announced for the Japanese market weren’t enough (three CELL Regza and five conventional REGZA models), the company also showed [JP] a 3D powered and Blu-ray recorder and another three that can be upgraded to 3D via a “3D upgrade kit”. All devices have an additional HDD on board.

First the RD-X10, which is the flagship model with a 2TB HDD and allows you to play 3D movies out of the box (pictured above). It will go on sale in Japan in September for $2,500.

Then we have three models that can be upgraded to 3D via a “kit”, which Toshiba is still tight-lipped about at this point (for example, regarding the price). But the basic approach seems to be that consumers, when deciding to go for a Toshiba Blu-ray recorder, can decide to pay a higher price to get the 3D ability.

The kit will be available for these models when they hit Japanese stores:

  • RD-BZ800 with a 1 TB HDD (release in September/$1,700), pictured above
  • RD-BZ700 with a 500GB HDD (release in September/$1,300)
  • RD-BZ600 with a 500GB HDD but without the ability to record a TV program while watching another (release in October/$1,000)

No word yet from Toshiba Japan regarding overseas sales plans.

Via AV Watch [JP]