Blu-ray Disc Association Approves 128GB Disc

Before you get too excited, let me tell you right now that no firmware update in the world will save the PlayStation 3 this time around.  No, instead you will have to go out and buy a brand new Blu-ray player in order for the machine to read these new 128GB discs.  The new spec is called BDXL, and will mainly be used in Japan where the home recording market is extremely popular.  For the rest of us, Hollywood has confirmed they have no plans to use this new spec because 3D capable discs only need around 50GB of space.  I just thought this was quite interesting and may be of use when the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox come to town.  It’s pretty amazing how we went from an optical format that held 700MB to something like this. Anyone remember hearing about holodiscs?  ;)

4 thoughts on “Blu-ray Disc Association Approves 128GB Disc”

  1. Wow amazing about of data on these disks indeed, Jarrod. I’m surprised firmware can’t upgrade current hardware to support the new BR media. Interesting really

  2. This requires a new laser in order to reach those levels. There’s no real use for this outside of recording devices, but I can see something like this being highly useful for 3D gaming in the next generation. To have a 1080p signal flowing to each eye is going to require an extreme amount of data. For movies it isn’t too bad because you don’t interact with said images, but with videogames, oh yeah, you really are going to require all this data. On top of that, we’re going to require around 5 to 10 times the processing power of the PS3 and Xbox 360. So for those that thing next-gen is a dream, well, think again lol.

  3. I remember that i had readed somewhere,that there is a new tech that can expand the size of a normal DVD to 100 DVD, i dont know if it is the Holodisc but is something along those lines, pretty neat sutff, i think microsoft will go with this one instead the blu ray one, i dont know, maybe nintendo too.

    1. There is a special technology that allows the red laser used in DVD playback to extend the format to many more layers. The problem with it is that the DVD Forum, the group that manages all the official tech of DVD, would likely never approve of the technology. The reason being that everyone would need new DVD players, discs, etc. The holds true for this BDXL format. Honestly speaking, I believe Blu-ray will likely be the last optical format given how we’re moving closer and closer to digital downloads for all consumable media. We’ll see soon enough though.

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