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PS3 Not Compatible with New BDXL Spec 128GB Blu-ray Discs?


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229w ago - This weekend Engadget (linked above) reported that unlike going 3D this summer, Sony's PS3 entertainment system won't be able to read the upcoming 128GB BDXL Spec Blu-ray discs with just a PlayStation 3 Firmware update... a new player will likely be required.

To quote: "The Blu-ray Disc Association's rolling out a new BDXL format capable of holding up to 128GB (write-once) or 100GB (rewriteable).

Before you get too excited, you should know that you'll need a new player to access these - even a firmware update won't save the PS3 this time - since they go up to three or four layers deep and will likely need a more powerful laser."

Press Release: Blu-ray Disc Association Announces Additional Format Enhancements

LOS ANGELES (Business Wire) Apr 03, 2010 The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced two new media specifications that use Blu-ray Disc technology to provide targeted functionality for commercial and consumer applications. The specifications for BDXL™ (High Capacity Recordable and Rewritable discs) and IH-BD (Intra-Hybrid discs) are expected in the next few months.

The BDXL specification, which is targeted primarily at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, will provide customers with write-once options on 100GB and 128GB capacity discs and rewritable capability on 100GB discs.

The discs reach these capacities by incorporating three to four recordable layers. A consumer version of BDXL is also expected, particularly in those regions where BD recorders have achieved broad consumer acceptance.

"Professional industries have expressed a desire to find optical disc solutions that enable them to transition away from magnetic media for their archiving needs," said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee chair.

"Leveraging Blu-ray Disc to meet this need provides professional enterprises with a compact, stable and long term solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images using a proven and widely accepted optical technology."

The Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray Disc (IH-BD) incorporates a single BD-ROM layer and a single BD-RE layer so as to enable the user to view, but not overwrite, critical published data while providing the flexibility to include relevant personal data on the same physical disc.

This allows for consumer specific applications where combining published content with related user data on a convenient, single volume is desirable. Both the ROM and the RE layers on IH-BD discs provide 25GB of capacity.

Because both BDXL and IH-BD are specially designed formats with specific market segments in mind, newly-designed hardware is required to play back or record BDXL or IH-BD media. However, because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technology, future BDXL and IH-BD devices can be designed to support existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Discs.



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enohand's Avatar
#38 - enohand - 228w ago
SSD's are great!!! FOR ARCHIVING & READING, not so much on writing & rewriting... after you write /rewrite so many times to a SSD block, that block become useless & now your SSD is now 1 or more blocks smaller then it was.

i hear people all the time braggin about thier SSD's, then after a few months i hear them complain about things getting corrupt & disk is smaller... etc.

PaNNaP's Avatar
#37 - PaNNaP - 228w ago
We need to move away from discs completely, and stick with SSD's. i hope by the time next gen consoles arrive we will have gotten SSD technology advanced enough to leave discs in the past.

livpool's Avatar
#36 - livpool - 228w ago
Blue Ray is dead folks. There are much better systems that can hold vastly more volume. The prices have come down to the point they cost only a few dollars more.

The real question, is it needed? I don't think they are. The next big thing to hit gaming and movies is 3d, and without getting too technical they generally take up to twice as much volume as a standard HD movie.Blue ray shouldn't have a problem with that, unless sony decides we all need to switch systems.(I think they already have) Blue ray is flawed in the sence it can only store so much info.

It has its limits no matter what they do to it.(this is why they have to move to online services) Don't be fooled with hype that the ps3 cant do it. Sony just wants more money. Big mistake on Sonys part, they run with the technology and forget the customers that buy it. Xbox anyone?
i think games such as Final Fantasy (new one) makes blu-ray all the worthwhile. no switching disks, no need to cache files onto the hard drive thus taking up space etc. etc. its more convenient, after all that's why we got a console, for convenience.

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#35 - proskopina - 228w ago
well for now i don't really care about the whole idea!! and also the games fit well in a 50g bluray disc.

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#34 - Reaper2122 - 228w ago
actually sony is completely free from any false advertisement cause of the TOS you signed when you went online with your ps3 and it clearly says in the TOS that they can remove features if it will potentionally harm the system in an illegal way so eh, and dante's inferno on ps3 is about 10 gb and I've seen some that go up in the 20's.

just crazy if we would have to download that just better off renting it dumping it then bringing the game back or use an extremely large amount of bandwith and time but it's free heh your choice.

And to reply to the guy above me No it wouldnt be a criminal offense Because when these are released they will mostly just be used for as was said previously Archival purposes and not for the consumer in any way cause a single blu-ray is big enough as it is. BUT get pissed at sony atleast there not pulling a Microsoft on us and banning every single use they find.

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