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New Blu-rays get 2.5x storage, won't work in your player

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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

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lulwut posted a comment   

can ps3 still play em?


totoaus posted a comment   

I've never known a first generation device of any technology that will allow use of second generation media, so the incomatability is no surprise, but it would be mice to know how they get this upgrade.
I have previously heard of TDK Blu-Ray disks that were available in 4 layer, with a plan to go to 8, but they would not work in drives that supported only two layers.
As for SSD, perhaps but in what form factor? The typical SSD looks like a HDD and isn't very small, while SDHC is limited to 32 GB, higher capacities have to wait for SDXC which is only about to come out.
I think Compact Flash could be the big winner in this space. The current spec is ggod for 128 GB, while CF5.0 will go to 128 PB. It is also still very popular with professional still photographers, generally stores at least 4 times the current generation SC cards at any point in time, and has a smaller form factor the SSDs. The humble USB flash drive could also be a strong contender.


larry posted a comment   

The article forgets to mention that the new format is targetted at data storage and broadcasters. According to the reports, this won't even be released in the US. So it'll end up pretty much like as DVD-RAM is now (i.e. popular in certain markets)

The current discs (and the players) are more than enough in the long term.


Silly posted a comment   

The future is SSD:

Micro SD can hold 128GB


LOL posted a comment   

Im still using ordinary dvd..


Camm posted a comment   

Good luck in having this format be popular with consumers.


plmko posted a reply   

What part of "cater for commercial applications" did you not understand?

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