177w ago - While it may not be used for the PlayStation 4 which may utilize optical storage discs, Sony is currently developing new laser technology that is reportedly far superior to conventional Blu-ray discs.
According to Examiner.com (linked above), the new Sony laser tech is said to offer roughly 20 times the capacity of current Blu-Ray discs.
To quote: "The development team of Tohoku University and Sony has completed work on a new laser technology offering 20 times the capacity of current Blu-Ray discs.
The most difficult aspect, if I can make sense of the Google translation as well as I think I can, was reducing the size of the equipment needed to produce such a strong beam of light down to the size of commercial products.
Currently the technology can only be used in experimental prototypes costing over $100,000 to produce. Sony plans to have the laser available to consumers within a few years."
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Sure, this sounds great, just like Blu ray did. But I think that the only way that this technology would be utilized would be through movies. The size of the current Blu ray disc, when dual layered, is 50gb, and how many games have taken advantage of that? Only a hand full.
Maybe with the next generation of consoles, Microsoft and Nintendo will use physical media with a larger storage capacity, but if they don't, then don't look to this as being an opportunity for large games, or very many large games.
i said it 5years ago, i said it 3years ago, and i say it now. sony and there mates (toshiba, samsung and so on) will ever win the race. they are such profession in improving the disc technology.
microsoft got screwed when they tryed to win the rac with there hd dvd against blue ray. and they lost. they also lost against the cd/dvd winth there zip drive.
and if they will try it a third time, they will also lose the fight. because to many people trust the evolution of the disc.
cd --> dvd -- > blue ray --> opti disc (nice name hu? ^^)