Psystar Corporation, the self-described “leading manufacturer of OS X-compatible PCs,” is now shipping PCs with Blu-ray optical disc drives and the nVidia®9800GT graphics card. Psystar is shipping Blue-ray and 9800GT equipped computers before Apple’s release of these peripheral products on their own computers.

According to Psystar, Apple, the developer of what Psystar calls the “OS X operating system” – conveniently dropping the “Mac” from the operating system’s name, “has chosen to delay support for Blu-ray with Apple CEO Steve Jobs citing it as ‘a bag of hurt’ during the recent release of the new Apple notebooks.”

Psystar president Rudy Pedraza, “Blu-ray has already won the format war. Not only is there fully functional and mature support for Blu-ray in other operating systems but you can now rent Blu-ray discs from almost any rental chain. Blu-ray has become pervasive technology that is being widely adopted by consumers everywhere.”

Pedraza also pointed out that “Blu-ray is not just for movies. The ability to burn 25-gigabyte discs is a feature that can help users in media editing or enterprise environments keep archives of large file sets. Our systems, regardless of configured operating system, can now provide this functionality.”

MacDailyNews Note: From Psystar’s FAQ: Blu-Ray Read/Write capabilities are fully functional in all operating systems offered by Psystar. Blu-Ray video playback requires support from the media player software. There is no Blu-Ray software capable of playing back Blu-Ray video for Mac OS or Linux.

Psystar has also brought nVidia’s GeForce 9800GT graphics card to its line of OS X compatible Open Computers. The GeForce 9800GT brings increased graphics performance for high-end game play and media editing. The GeForce 9-series has become ubiquitous in today’s PC hardware market although Apple currently does not currently offer the 9800GT on any computer.

Source: Psystar

Separately, a spokesperson for Psystar told one AppleInsider in an email that the company is hard at work on its first Mac notebook clone, which it plans to price aggressively

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MacDailyNews Take: It’s Power Computing all over again, but without the license.