Pioneer shows off 400GB optical disc

By on December 2, 2008, 12:04 PM
Pioneer has been working on its 400GB Blu-ray disc for a while so it is no surprise that it showed up at the IT Month Fair in Taipei. The key to the storage boost beyond the current Blu-ray 50GB limit is an increase in the number of layers to 16 on each side and most importantly they’ve managed to do this while retaining backwards compatibility with existing Blu-ray players.

Not only did the company showed off the format for the first time since it announcement back in July, they also produced a road map for its introduction to the market. According to Pioneer, read-only versions of these so-called super multi-layer optical discs will arrive before the end of 2010, with a rewritable version set for a release before the end of 2012. After that, we’ll see 1TB discs in 2013.

The implications of such massive storage capacities are very interesting to say the least. Essentially, if Pioneer can make good on its word, in the next two years developers could use that 400GB of space to include full high-def audio and video with no compression, publishers could release entire series of games or TV series on a single disc, and the PS3 long-term appeal could be enhanced as well.

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eafshar said:
such a high amount of data on a disc is amazing.. but whats gonna come down to is price. u can buy a 500gb SATA Hard drive for 60$ today. i wonder how much each of these disks would cost when the come out. hopefully the price of blue-ray drives have dropped down by then.
Serag said:
@ eafshar..It would be much higher in price ofc!It's amazing yet I see it's kinda oversized!
windmill007 said:
Yeah I know...A blank dual layer 50GB Blu-ray disk is still like $30. I found some single layer 25GB discs for $8.00 but that's still to expensive. Yeah for now I'm sticking to hard drive storage. It is getting so cheap these days.
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