THREAD: Sony Working on New Disc Format?
  1. 01-12-2010, 11:37 AM
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    In a recent interview with Play3, Sony’s Senior VP of Product Development, Shuhei Yoshida said that the PlayStation 4 will use optical storage discs like Blu-Ray for blockbuster games. This was surprising considering Sony’s digital push with UMD-less PSPgo, and the trend the gaming industry has shown toward digital distribution.

    So if the PS4 is to feature an optical disc drive, what will the storage format be? Will we see yet another Blu-Ray equipped console? Or will Sony usher in a new technology much like the PS2 did with DVD and the PS3 did with Blu-Ray? We may have the answer after the jump…

    Considering Sony’s track record of innovation and “future proofing” their consoles, it’s hard to believe that Sony will yet again equip their console with a Blu-Ray drive. Blu-Ray is what’s hot currently, and while games still aren’t quite filling Blu-Ray discs’ maximum storage capacity, the format is clearly the “present” and not the “future”. To fully “future proof” the PS4 to withstand the standard PlayStation 10-year lifecycle, Sony is going to need to go above and beyond Blu-Ray.

    Sony, not-to-be outdone by anyone, is rumored to be working on a successor to Blu-Ray. According to an article in the current issue of GameInformer magazine (Dead Space Cover; Issue 201) Sony is hard at work on “the next jump”, a disc similar to the previously announced Holographic Versatile Disc. The disc is said to have a capacity of 6TB (terabytes) or 6,000GB (gigabytes), more than enough to support 1080p HD video, 3D imagery, uncompressed loseless HD audio, along with any other AV codec you could throw at it. On top of all that storage, the format can use the massive amount of available space to implicate extra security measures, a major positive when pitching the format to game developers (and movie studios) who don’t want their games pirated.

    It’s difficult enough looking into the future to predict such a need, even more so now with digital distribution becoming more and more prevalent. Sony has done it in the past with Blu-Ray and with the help of the PlayStation 3, made the format an everyday, household name. While Blu-Ray is here to stay and certainly has plenty of life left in it, so does the PlayStation 3. When the time arrives for the PlayStation 4 to be released, there could be a need for such a massive capacity storage medium. If Sony sees a need for such a format in the future, they’d likely look to the PlayStation 4 to replicate the success the PS3 had in ushering in Blu-Ray.

    Do you see a need for such a technology? Do you think the Sony would take the risk again with another new format debuting on a PlayStation console? Or have they learned a lesson from the PS3’s launch price and initial reception?


    Sorry for being a little inactive in the news for the past few days. I've been busy with exams and being hacked and whatnot.

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  2. 01-12-2010, 09:25 PM
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    Seeing a 6TB disc would be awesome, near impossible to fill but it would be good to know it was there. You could get a lot more maps for multiplayer online games, a lot more missions in singleplayer and hugely upscaled graphics and sound quality, but at what price?
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    wow. just wow. thats a lot of space. what kind of beast mode gaming would that bring in. baffles the mind much.
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    Originally Posted by MomasBoyOnline View Post
    That would be cool and all, but no game in the near future is even going to fill a full Blu-Ray disc let alone a 6TB one :p...the 3D games thing is the next big issue coming up, so lets see how that turns out Smile^.


    Not quite true they actually had to take stuff out of MGS4 cuz they didn't have enough space and they said they didn't even get to do everything they wanted to do.
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    Great to see talk of the future. It's always nice to see what endeavors companies are taking to prepare for the future. It also gives us a preview to things to come, and what will someday be standard.

    It's not surprising to me that terabytes are in the picture. If you look into the past, it was bound to happen:

    PSOne - Kilo Bytes
    PS2 - Mega Bytes
    PS3 - Giga Bytes

    And now, quite possibly,

    PS4 - Tera Bytes

    I'm not saying this pattern will continue, however throughout the past it has followed a pattern similar to this. Tera bytes is indeed a big step up from Giga Bytes. If this is indeed the future, I cannot wait to see what becomes possible, considering with Giga Bytes games are still turning out amazing.