Sony announces next-gen Blu-ray disc, can store up to 1TB of data

New "Archival Disc" aims to be the "new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs"; 300GB version rolling out next summer.

[UPDATE] A Panasonic representative has clarified that the Archival Disc is specifically intended for professional purposes, not general consumer use.

"The development is specifically for professional archiving," a Panasonic spokesperson told PC World. "We are not currently considering optical discs for household consumer use."

The original story is below.

Today, Sony officially announced the "Archival Disc," described as a next-generation iteration of its Blu-ray format that can house up to 1TB of data. Currently, Blu-ray discs, like the ones used for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One games, can store up to 50GB of data.

Sony describes the Archival Disc as a "new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage." The Archival Disc was developed in conjunction with electronics giant Panasonic.

Archival Disc systems will launch in summer 2015, with the first versions featuring 300GB of storage capacity--that's 6X the capacity of current 50GB Blu-rays. Sony will expand recording capacity per disc to 500GB and 1TB sometime later, though specific timing was not announced.

"In recent times, demand for archival capabilities has increased significantly in the film industry, as well as in cloud data centers that handle big data, where advances in network services have caused data volumes to soar," Sony said in a statement.

The new Archival Discs are write-once and are double-sided with three layers per side.

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Discussion

429 comments
electrichobo99
electrichobo99

And experts predict the phasing out of physical discs. Something tangible is much more valuable than something strictly digital in my opinion. Wouldn't mind a disc with 1TB capacity though. Whatever happened to the Pioneer proprietary ultra-violet ray that runs on a shorter wavelength than blu-Ray discs?

push88
push88

They should patent this.  If they did, that could be an awful blow to Xbox One.

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

im assuming current blu ray drives wouldnt be able to read an archival disc. this technology probably wont be available for general public for the next 10 years.

thirdson1812
thirdson1812

Discs or physical distribution should always exist. Digital or cloud should never replace physical.

hotwog21
hotwog21

but Xbox One has 300,000 cloud servers....oh wait, everyone has cloud servers...oh and they are not even real, just virtual :/

Dswiss
Dswiss

As long as ps4 owners don't have to tilt the system for it to read the disc....

Baconelite
Baconelite

Sony pushing technology as usual.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I guess it'll save companies some money, since they can wipe and reuse HDD's while putting all the shizz onto these things... But I don't envy the poor guy who's gonna have to siv through that shit, I'm guessing it's gonna be a slow process.

aliminvte
aliminvte

Just change the name to Arch Disc. That's what I'm calling them from now on.

boarwar
boarwar

sooooo much HD. Real life will soon look low-def compared to 500gb blu rays on a 4K tv.....

the future?......or unnecessarily hi-resolutions for humans poor eyesight. 

Need Eagle/Hawk Eye transplants first to capitalize on this tech. 

S001_PRIMAL
S001_PRIMAL

well about time they gave a release date, i do hope though that current generation players and drives can read those discs.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

God dammit!! This means that now I'll have to wait until the inevitable PS4 Slim with Archival Disc included to purchase the console.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

How about discs that can last as many years as say magnetic tapes like decades of use? I think disc is still the longest lasting form of storage

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

That great to bad the data rate on them are still alot slower then 5400rpm hdd consoles use. 5400rpm is rather slow to begin with.

bpthomas85
bpthomas85

sounds like they are getting ready for 4k tv

bkohary
bkohary

How long would it take to write or read?

ZellyPoof
ZellyPoof

I would assume these discs will work with current blu-ray players, if they released it so devs could put their games onto it then have their console not be able to access it=prettyfuckingstupid

foxrock66
foxrock66

So would these still function on regular blu ray devices or would we need a new generation of hardware?

patrick833
patrick833

Imagine games that are 1TB big. Think about all the possibilities. Much bigger and longer games! 

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

300GB on a single disc? C'mon Sony, it's still possible to fill that easily. We will only stop to care once it reaches 300TB at least. Also, I'm being sarcastic since I still use CD-R format and even vinyl more than any other.

grbolivar
grbolivar

Please enough with discs already, we not only have SSDs, but also small cards like SDXC which are cheap for mass distribution of software/movies, high capacity (+32GB), smaller, rapid reading/writing, consume less energy (doesn't needs to spin a fricking disc), more durabe (doesn't scratches) etc, etc. I really don't know why we still have discs around...

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

Disc based platforms will continue to reign as long as there are patent and licensing issues. Furthermore America is ranked 16th in world when it comes to internet speed so.. Yes you can get digital content now but the amount of people that buy physical media still outnumbers the amount of people that buy digital.. 

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Look, as long as they work on existing hardware, then I'm fine with it.

sammoth
sammoth

Sony sorry but, optical disks are on the way out. HDD and SSD are the new way to go. More storage and gotten was smaller. DISKS are the past.

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

@JimmeyBurrows  I must say, I can't remember the last time I moved the contents of a hard drive onto a disk, always someplace to the network.


Believe me, I'm already racking my brain on a use for these puppies that would justify the cost.  Until they are rewrite I'm not coming up with much

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

@aliminvte  It's a Japnese company. Expect it to be something like "Arch-X Disc Extreme Plus".

Ovirew
Ovirew

@aliminvte Yeah, I was thinking pretty much a similar thing.  Guess it doesn't matter too much though, since we consumers won't deal much with them.

justinka777
justinka777

@boarwar they will soon need to find a way to store images as actual light waves then resolution will be pointless.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@boarwar Eagle eyes are too expensive, not enough of them around... They'll just make cybernetic eye implants that can translate what you see into pixels, then upscale it a bit.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@boarwar Forget making games more realistic.  What about actually making games bigger, giving them more modes and replay value?

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

@boarwar hah 4k isntant even close to what is needed in resolution for us to not know diffrence from tv and real life

bpthomas85
bpthomas85

@bkohary  i'd imagine an extremely long time at first then faster and faster. same as with cd's, then dvd's then blu ray.

Mademan033
Mademan033

@foxrock66  well given a DVD player cannot play Blu-Rays (or HD-DVDs for that matter), an old camera with an SD card slot cannot understand SDHC, and SDHC cameras do not understand SD-XC, and Sony are involved (the kings of proprietary formats), then no.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@patrick833 Games packed with hours of super hd pre-rendered FMV's! It'll be like the good old days, but in the future.

sethschroeder07
sethschroeder07

@patrick833 except gameneed to be installed when that large, why do you think most prefer SSD instead of a spinning add disk?

caseypayne69
caseypayne69

@patrick833  Games wouldn't be longer.  Just with more detail.  Is Call of Duty longer than Zelda Windwaker?

eBentl
eBentl

@grbolivar  For archival purpopses - which is what this is built for, you can't beat disks. SSDs degrade over time with multiple reads and will eventually die - a well maintained disk will last forever

Laki-Magi
Laki-Magi

@grbolivar  An SD card of 32GB on sale is something like $12, which is hardly competitive with discs that are less than a dollar.  So it doesn't make sense for mass distribution to try to put every print on solid state media.  3DS games, which are on solid state, are generally 2GB or less to manage costs, with the largest 3DS and Vita games taking up at most a 4GB.


I think it would be very interesting to see a solid state distribution for full games and movies in the future, but it seems it's not yet economically practical.

GLOBALv
GLOBALv

@sammoth  Hence, why they're for professional use.  Because consumers like you don't understand.

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

@sammoth  Your wrong.. My friend before games will stop being put on Compact Disc's ie. Blu ray disc's etcetera.. The next format is going to be flash drives.. Or at least once you install the game on your console from a flash drive you will no longer need the flash drive and to sell the game at a retail store you will plug in the flash drive and update the license data.. This is just my opinion on what the next physical media will be for games.. 

justinka777
justinka777

@xtraflossy @JimmeyBurrows like they said it is for professional use, mainly storing large amounts of data that will very rarely need to be dug up and looked at.

PoofMaester
PoofMaester

@Glasscut32 @sammoth  I think you're right in that the next format will be flash drivers, we're already seeing USB ports on so many things these days.. But, economically we are a long ways off from that. Discs are just too darn cheap to make.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@GLOBALvDunno, but I'm guessing since it spins around... It must be part of a microwave?