Psystar debuts Blu-ray, Nvidia 9800GT before Apple

If you're keeping track at home: Psystar 2, Apple 1.Psystar, that squirrely manufacturer of OS X-compatible PCs, has begun shipping PCs with Blu-ray disc drives and the nVidia 9800GT graphics card - before Apple's own debut of the components in their own computers.

PsyStar OpenPro
If you're keeping track at home: Psystar 2, Apple 1.

Psystar, that squirrely manufacturer of OS X-compatible PCs, has begun shipping PCs with Blu-ray disc drives and the nVidia 9800GT graphics card - before Apple's own debut of the components in their own computers.

If you'll recall, Apple shunned support for Blu-ray when Apple CEO Steve Jobs called it "a bag of hurt" to incorporate during the debut of the latest MacBooks. In a sniping press release, Psystar president Rudy Pedraza countered, saying that 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."

Sure, but I think the "big bag of hurt" was more about licensing. Ignorance is bliss, no?

 (Sure makes me wonder what kind of profit margins Psystar's making.)

Psystar Blu-ray
The new additions come at a price, however. I took the opportunity to load up a PsyStar OpenPro, and the upgrades weren't cheap:

The nVidia 2x GeForce 9800GT 512MB was a whopping $400 more than the standard GeForce 8600GT 512M, and upgrading to a 6x Bluray Burner/16x DVD±RW DL cost a hefty $310 more than the default 20x DVD±RW DL.

Since the desktop itself starts at $1,154.99, that's a 61% increase (final price: $1,864.99) for those two upgrades alone.

"Apple tax"? How about Psystar tax? Anyone?