Sony and Panasonic Announce 'Archival Disc'

By Mike Sousa on March 10, 2014, 9:05AM EDT

Sony and Parasonic have announced today the new optical disc format that will replace the Blu-ray in the next upcoming years, the Archival Disc. This new format will be available sometime in Summer 2015, and will offer a lot more data space than Blu-ray.

Blu-ray's current limit is 50GB, or 128GB for BD-XL re-writer drives, while the Archival Disc will offer a storage capacity of 300GB. However, both Parasonic and Sony plan to expand this limit to 500GB and 1TB, although no specific dates for these capacity expansions were revealed.

"Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves 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 robust media for long-term storage of content," said Sony.

"In recent times, demand for archival capabilities has increased significantly in the film industry, as well as in cloud data centers that handle big data, where advances in network services have caused data volumes to soar."

"Both Sony and Panasonic have successful experience working on the development of Blu-ray Disc technology. The two companies plan to actively promote this next-generation high-capacity optical disc standard in the professional field in order to offer an effective solution for protecting valuable data into the future."

Could this new format be used in a possible PS5, or do you think it can somehow be adapted to the current generations of consoles? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Sony

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