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Sony and Panasonic have announced plans to release a successor to Blu-ray by the end of 2015.

The new optical media format will include a recording capacity of "at least" 300GB – making it at least six times larger than Sony's current Blu-ray format, which is capable of holding 50GB.

The two companies hope that the "next-generation" disc will become an industry standard.

"Optical discs have excellent properties to protect them against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored," reads Sony's press release. "They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them a robust medium for long-term storage of content."

However, the plans raise new questions over the long-term viability of Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Microsoft is finally set to introduce Blu-ray support to its console line with the launch of Xbox One this November, with Sony's console also featuring Blu-ray functionality. Analysis

Could the advance in optical media leave the two consoles behind, and if so, could it further encourage the firms to expand into the digital download market?


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This article isn't really true as the disc is in development for archiving soloutions. I.E. Back up of servers/data etc. It isn't in development for multimedia at present. Of course this could change at some point but especially with 4k video which uncompressed is around 160gb for 90 mins however there are 4k videos on BluRay disks so can't see new media kicking off.
Posted 11:14 on 30 July 2013
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