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Sony Working on Blu-ray Successor - Are PS4 Discs Soon to be Out-Dated?

Is 50GB really enough?

Sony and Panasonic have announced that they’re aiming to develop an optical disc which can hold at minimum 300 gigabytes before the end of 2015 as a successor to Blu-ray, which can currently hold up to 50GB in their dual-layer format.

This comes after Sony stating that 4K movies – with over four times the resolution of 1080p video – could take over 100GB of space to hold.

What do you think? Are these 300GB discs really necessary or will the optical format be obsolete in the future, making way for streaming and downloading with higher speed internet?

50 gigabytes of space doesn’t seem like a big limitation but games such as Metal Gear Solid 4 and The Last of Us were said to take up the majority of a dual-layer Blu-ray, so who knows what the future could hold?

Just look at the Xbox 360, which after just a few years into its lifecycle had to employ mandatory installs and multiple discs due to the size of certain games, could we face a similar challenge with both PS4 and Xbox One?

Let’s hope not – we don’t want our tech to feel as though it’s already obsolete just a couple of years after purchase, particularly when we don’t expect to see a new system until closer to 2020.

Source: BBC

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41 Comments
  1. xdarkmagician
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    as long as the disc can also hold 1080p at 48 or 60 fps and still work in existing Blu-ray players I’m all for it. But if you need a different machine its BS. especially since as stated above that HVD tech is slated for release in a few years. Because HVD will make any Blu-ray increase look like a joke, and if they release a new blu-ray player to play larger Blu-ray disc it could hurt the growth of HVD, which is honestly a better format.

    Comment posted on 30/07/2013 at 15:56.
  2. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    As long as they can format them so blu-ray players can read them there’s no problem. But most people still use DVDs, so bringing out a new format is stupid.

    And digital media in the 50GB-300GB range is no longer convenient, making me think physical media still has it’s place.

    Comment posted on 30/07/2013 at 15:57.
  3. MistaPita
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Sensationalist bullshit title.
    What they are working on is a new optical media for professionals to store large amounts of digital information for archival purposes. Even if 4k resulotion becomes the new standard the blu-ray format is going to continue to evolve to meet the demands for a while yet.

    Comment posted on 30/07/2013 at 15:58.
  4. Gaztee
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    I thought that BD’s had a 200gb form?? Or is that one I dreamt? Don’t see this as an issue as BD is the only format Sony has been involved in that made commercial success. Betamax, minidisc anyone??

    Comment posted on 30/07/2013 at 16:46.
  5. deadwelsh
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    I thought I read that they had massively increased DVD capacity through the way they use the laser to burn the info very recently, fitting much larger than blu ray onto a single dvd, so couldnt this tech just be applied to bluray and get a similar result?

    not the actual story i read but similar and points to same tech…
    http://www.extremetech.com/computing/159245-new-optical-laser-can-increase-dvd-storage-up-to-one-petabyte

    Comment posted on 30/07/2013 at 17:57.
  6. samiro05
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    I think a new version of the PS4 will be made to handle a new format called PS4K :)

    Comment posted on 30/07/2013 at 18:33.
  7. a inferior race
    I'm special
    Since: Jul 2009

    I thought they were using high end cassettes for professional storage, but discs are probably more versatile.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21628875.500-cassette-tapes-are-the-future-of-big-data-storage.html#.Uff8EW008gs

    Comment posted on 30/07/2013 at 18:48.
    • Nismo400R84
      Member
      Since: Aug 2012

      Yes they still use them the utility company I work use them due a security and the large amounts of data they hold

      Comment posted on 30/07/2013 at 18:59.
  8. bladesew
    Member
    Since: Mar 2013

    A game that had 300Gb of assets (art, AI, game mechanics) would cost 100s of millions of dollars to develop and would retail for $100+. Who wants to see that?

    Comment posted on 30/07/2013 at 18:55.
  9. CarBoyCam
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    If they were to put GT7 on two Blu-Ray discs I wouldn’t care. Arcade mode on one. GT mode on the other. Just like the old days! :D

    Comment posted on 31/07/2013 at 08:46.
  10. Galgomite
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    Games on disc are safe with 50GB for the next generation. Don’t know about Last of Us but MGS IV was filled mostly with uncompressed audio. As for movies, 4k would benefit from the availability of a 300GB disc, and connoisseurs will be able to spot the improvements. But I think discs are on their way to a niche position, like vinyl is for audiophiles. The average consumer won’t know the difference between a 150GB 4k movie and a 10GB streaming one, so while I expect 4k discs to exist, very few people will buy them.
    Meanwhile, regardless of what they say directly to gamers, I believe that just about everyone in the games industry wants gamers to transition to an all-digital ecosystem, and I think it’ll happen by virtue of shear convenience.

    Comment posted on 31/07/2013 at 17:23.

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