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.