With the recent HD 3D games that somehow have made the 50GB blu-ray discs feel cramped, the blu-ray disc association is making another new disc format called ‘BDXL’ that could store about the triple of the current blu-ray size. At the level of 128GB, this blu-ray disc is not compatible with most of the current blu-ray player and PS3 is no exception. Even a firmware update won’t turn PS3 into a player that could play this BDXL disc that has up to four layers of write-one surface. There are two versions of BDXL, the write-once (128GB) and rewritable disc that share a lower capacity at 100GB per disc.
At the same time, the Association also introduce Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray Disc (IH-BD) which incorporates a 25GB BD-ROM layer and 25GB BD-RE rewritable layer on the latter.
“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.”
You still cannot find this new media selling on the market yet as BDXL and IH-BD specification will be available in the next few months, and we suspect the disc will be available at least in 2011.