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April 4, 2010 // 6:04 pm - 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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#28 - GodsSon07 - April 5, 2010 // 7:26 pm
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I think 50gb will be enough storage for a long time. If not, they can use 2 x50gb or 1x50 & 1x25GB in one game, like final fantasy uses 3 dvd on xbox 360.

#27 - mark29 - April 5, 2010 // 7:06 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Rocky5 View Post
By the time GT5 comes out it will be on a BDXL lol

This. How much space did final fantasy XIII use on ps3? seeing as how xbox was 3 DLs and was at a lower resolution.

#26 - andrew hare - April 5, 2010 // 6:17 pm
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i see people say that they hope they don't reduce quality, but look at the xbox it only runs dvd.

#25 - Rocky5 - April 5, 2010 // 5:20 pm
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By the time GT5 comes out it will be on a BDXL lol

#24 - boob4me - April 5, 2010 // 2:11 pm
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I dont think we will see these disks on ps3. As most games are not even 7-10 gigs.Like Dantas inferno on the X-box 360 is only 7.5 gigs fits nicely on a dual layer disk. So Im pretty sure the PS3 version is the same size.And I do belive PS3 reads dual layer disks!

So for back-up purposes [soon I hope!!] dual layers will work fine for the PS3 for majority of games! I'v used S.A.K. and all my games will fit on dual layer, So I don't think anyone will need to go and buy a blue-ray burner, any burner with dl combatibility will work fine. And you can pick one up from wal-mart for around $60-$75.. either that or a nice usb loader would be nice.

#23 - Mantagtj - April 5, 2010 // 1:29 pm
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yep , I remember the day when I had to put 4 disks in my console so another BD DL swap wont make much of a difference plus I got a 320 gb HDD so just compact it and stick it on my HDD $ony.

you seriously need to impress me $ony after your latest dramas... Rulez

#22 - Neo Cyrus - April 5, 2010 // 1:12 pm
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Let's just hope that if a game needs more than 50GB that they don't stinge out and cut things to shove it all on one a disc, they should just use a 2nd BD DL. I'd rather have to switch discs than have content cut out or reduced in quality.

#21 - SDF - April 5, 2010 // 12:36 pm
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ok i was furious about otherOS too.. but for this?? i mean c'mon... No one is going to release a bloody game or movie to that kind of disc. be real..

#20 - Raze1988 - April 5, 2010 // 11:11 am
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I think 50gb will be enough storage for a long time. I bet the PS4 will support more, but most games will be under or just 50gb.

#19 - iloveyou - April 5, 2010 // 11:11 am
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The next feature which goes with fw updates The alibility to watch BluRays with 128 Gb sizes... Nice Sony... it still goes down...