Just when you thought it was safe to buy a Blu-ray player, they go and announce new formats.
The Blu-ray Disc Association has announced BDXL, a format designed to cater for commercial applications and capable of storing up to 128GB, and Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray Disc (IH-BD), which is a hybrid disk featuring a 25GB BD-ROM layer and similarly-sized BD-RE rewritable layer.
The association has stated that new equipment will be needed to read and write the new formats, but as they are based on the existing standard the equipment would be backwards-compatible.
Though no date has been set, future possible uses for a consumer version could include extended 3D storage and support for the 4kx2k standard.
Current Blu-ray discs can hold up to 50GB of data on a dual-layer platter.
Via Crave CNET UK