Hitachi to produce 200GB Blu-ray disc in 2009

The HD movie format war aside, there will almost certainly always be a need for a disc medium to backup our computer files with, and Blu-ray has been trying to fill that need since its release. Unlike the other format, Blu-ray burners hit the market before the movie players did, and gave computer users the ability to backup more data than ever before on a 80mm disc. Even if both formats are replaced by downloadable content, there will still be a need for big optical discs to store those movies, and Hitachi plans to offer an 8-layer Blu-ray disc capable of storing 200GB of data. While this seems like a lot today, by the time it hits the market in 2009 it might not seem like much at the rate hard discs capacity is increasing.

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Lord Anubis4479d ago

very nice, several HD movies will fit on a 200gig discs.

FordGTGuy4479d ago

You have to be kidding right? You could fit a hell of a lot more then several HD movies on a 200 GB capacity.

LoydX-mas4478d ago

I don't want to pay $160 for a disc. (based on the $20 they charge for one single layer BD-25 disc)

P4KY B4479d ago

Like back in the mid to late 90's when you could back up your whole PC HD onto a handful of CD's.

gta_cb4479d ago

handfull?... lol sorry but had to say it, 1 of these disks are the same size as my main HDD! thankfully i have a couple extra ;)

LoveHateTragedy4479d ago

That's pretty damn sweet. There are quite a few PS3 devs who are waiting for the 75 and 100 GB discs at the moment (Ted Price even brought it up). The special edition of Stranglehold also presents a cool bonus, which is having both the game and the Hi-def version of Hard Boiled on the same disc. I'm actually hoping more and more 3rd party developers take advantage of Blu-ray in similar ways.

Hydrolex4479d ago

PS3 in the future > Xbox 360

PS3 has the best future.

FordGTGuy4479d ago

BTW better compression = faster loading times in games.

techie4479d ago

How about a game with zero loading - Uncharted

WilliamRLBaker4478d ago (Edited 4478d ago )

Are we assuming that the 8 layer 200 gig disc will work out of the box with the ps3?
Because alot of early dvd players hard trouble playing dual layer dvd discs.

I've done research into uncharted now deep, The day its zero loading times is the day it comes on hardtype media instead of disc type media...They can throw as much mumbo jumbo as they want at the uncharted dev but i dont believe it will be zero loading like they say.

DEIx15x84478d ago

WilliamRLBaker is right. This is actually terrible news for the PS3 and actually anybody that has bought a Blu-ray player. It means in 2009 you will have to buy a new one to be able to use these.

hfaze4478d ago

"This is actually terrible news for the PS3 and actually anybody that has bought a Blu-ray player. It means in 2009 you will have to buy a new one to be able to use these."

This is talking about data storage, not movies or gaming. You'll probably start seeing 8 layer BURNERS and BD-ROM's, but I sincerely doubt you'll see stuidos or game companies using this due to the high cost per layer to duplicate discs on multiple layers...

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