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Pioneer Develops 256 GB Blu-ray Disc

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, May 16, 2014.

  1. btarunr

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    Pioneer is developing a new media based on the Blu-ray standard, which offers 256 GB of unformatted capacity. The capacity is achieved by recording data in a staggering eight layers, double that of Blu-ray XL, which relies on four layers to achieve 100 GB of capacity. Pioneer claims it has even made strides towards an even newer Blu-ray media that could, in the near future, offer 512 GB of unformatted capacity. The 256 GB Blu-ray disc could prove useful for making large data backups, or even imaging your SSD. Pioneer isn't the only player in the high-capacity optical disc game. Sony and Panasonic collaborated to announce ArchivalDisc, an optical disc that offers 300 GB of capacity, except that it doesn't stick to the Blu-ray standard, and you'll need specially made disc-drives to use them. Since Pioneer's disc builds on the existing Blu-ray standard, it will be cheaper for optical drive makers to adopt it.

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  2. xBruce88x

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    awesome! bring on the 4k pr0nz, err i mean re-re-re-release of starwars collections! (b/c we all know no one actually buys pr0n anymore)

    would be good news for console games if they start using tons of 4k pre-rendered cut scenes.
     
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    I'm going to assume read speeds on this are very low making it only suited to archival purposes
     
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    read speeds shouldn't be too horrible, writing to it on the other hand is a different story...
     
    More than 25k PPD
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    That's utopia. Even the newest consoles right now are using (extremely) high compressed 720p videos. IF you are lucky.
    Games that are using 1080p videos are almost nonexistent.
     
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    Are you referring to last gen consoles? Because 1080p is more common on current gen consoles... at least, that's true for the PS4.
     
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    Risky to buy SONY stuff as they are getting out of most of the markets and going more like IBM\Panasonic.
     
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    True they are getting out of computer hardware sales, but they still have the PS3 + PS4, along with royalties from Bluray. I wouldn't say risky yet.

    I've read that the larger capacity DVDs and Blurays have a propensity to degrade at a faster rate.
     
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    A 256GB SSD/flash drive is cheaper than this disc LOL

    Optical mediums are dead unless a major breakthrough is attained in holographic.
     
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    the quantity of ps3 games that had uncompressed 1080p cutscenes for the sole reason that the disk just had lots of space left over, means i doubt that
     
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    I wonder how much the blanks will cost.

    A 25Gb blu ray is around $2.5...
    50Gb DL blu ray is from $3..
    Blu Ray XL on ebay $25

    So a 256GB blu ray will be over $100 for 256gb .....
     
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    For consumers, sure. But for companies making millions of discs they are still an order of magnitude cheaper than flash memory.

    Where are you buying your BD-Rs? As long as you buy in spindles you can get 25GB BD-Rs for less than $1 per disc.
     
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    Maybe in the USA or Europe.
    Down under we get reamed when it comes to prices.
    And I'm talking decent bands not princo or other dodgy brands.
     
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    Hey, I'm an Aussie too, you can get blu ray discs for around $1 each here in a spindle pack.

    Don't know which state you're in but in Melbourne you can get 25 Bluray discs for $27 from MSY. They are Ritek brand. They have some other brands as cheap as 50 cents each in a spindle.
     
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    all that porn on 1 disk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!
     
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    All we need now is 2TB SSDs for €200,-

    (maybe in about 50 years)
     
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    Who do you think would use these discs besides a few enthusiasts when movies become larger? The price will always be high. They're worthless for corporate.
     
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    I don't see your point. If some company needs to distribute the same 256GB of data to many users, then optical discs make vastly more financial sense than flash memory.
     
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    he said compressed videos, not the in game rendered resolution

    speaking of which, when i was trying out UDK, i made a 1080p intro movie thinking it will be fine on my decent desktop.... nope, stuttery mess, yet the 720p intro movie was perfectly fine

    with the current hardware & software advancements, it might be time for game engines to stop using bink video & start using h264/x264 or webm

    it's always a balancing act to use cutscenes, the quality directly relates to the total filesize & that affects every user that is downloading (whether it's a console or pc)
     
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    So, the problem lies within the use of bink video? Pfft, what a joke...
     
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    Opticals have been dead since the post-DVD era. They are just too slow.
    For archiving purposes tapes are also continuously growing larger, and tapes are better in so many ways.
     
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    Tell that to the millions of movies/games BluRays and DVDs rented/sold each year. :))))
     
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    Dear millions of movies and games, you are dead.
     

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