Blu-ray has come a long way after being first introduced by Sony cheaply in the PS3. There were other Blu-ray players in the market but PS3 still held the dominant share, however, as the optical disc has matured, there needs to be higher capacity storage discs due to the advent of 4K technology.
Two Japanese behemoths Sony and Panasonic are hard at work to create a 300GB Blu-ray disc which can easily carry a 4k movie, which according to them requires approximately 100GB of disc space.
Sony reveals that the Blu-Ray disc is advantageous in many ways.
“Optical discs have excellent properties to protect them against the environment, such as dust resistance and water resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored.
“They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them a robust medium for long-term storage of content.”
The agreement between these both companies, according to a Sony press release, was that there is a need to accommodate higher storage volumes due to the expected growth in the archive market.
However, both Sony and Panasonic recognized that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage in years to come given the expected future growth in the archive market, and responded by formulating this agreement.
It’s not clear whether the PS4 or Xbox One will be able to play these discs, but they should be updatable via a firmware upgrade. We will keep you updated once we hear more on this and their effect on next-gen consoles.