Sony has announced a new format of the Blu-ray disc, upping the storage capacity from 50 GB to 300 GB.
Born out of a collaboration between Sony and Panasonic, the next generation of discs are expected to go into production and be available mid-2015. In addition, there are plans in place to improve the capacity of archival Blu-ray discs up to a full 1 TB of storage over the following years.
The goal of this new disc format is to provide a data archive that will be compatible with different generations of technology. This will ensure that information will be readable even as storage capacity increases.
Initially, this technology will be put to use in the film industry and in cloud storage centers that deal with large amounts of data storage. The impact this could have on the video game industry remains to be seen, especially given the expanding scope of digital distribution.
What do you think of archival Blu-ray? Is it something that might alter the video game landscape? Or will it come after most gamers have made the leap to digital downloads?