192w 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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I don't buy this one bit! this would violate the federal communications act here in the u.s and sony would get sued because they would be busted for these charges in the u.s and even in the u.k.
False advertising. Discrimination against consumers.
This would also be deemed illegal as well because you cannot change to another format when your sales during the holiday season saw blu-ray players out sell dvd's and by releasing this format sony would face countless lawsuits because they knew that this was coming and they did nothing to warn customers during the holiday season which would be deemed as robbery under the u.s law.
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?
the game developers working on ps3 games should focus on making the games run better/faster before even thinking about bloating the game sizes with graphics. don't get me wrong, graphics are good, but i'd rather have a fast running game with no loading than a 1080p game with real life graphics that runs at 20 fps. don't forget how much more games would cost if they were to use the new bdxl discs.