Even with the foreboding decline of physical media on the horizon, the tech geeks found a way to crank out more gigabytes from a Blu-Ray disc. Announced by the Blu-Ray Disc Association, the new BD-XL and IH-BD discs can now hold up to 128 GB, as opposed to the now paltry 50GB of your average BD-R.
Although the process for the space increase is kinda boring (basically, they’re adding layers), I don’t think anyone will argue about the benefit of more space.
The size increase comes at a price, though: your current Blu-Ray player won’t read them. Even the “future-proof” PS3 is not immune from this, as, I suspect, a new laser read method is required to get the data from the additional disc layers. The new players, however, will be backwards compatible with the smaller-sized discs.
Don’t plan on throwing your current player away just yet, though. These discs are being marketed toward broadcasting and publishing, meaning that you, average consumer, probably won’t be seeing them any time soon (if at all.) In case they ever do get into the consumer domain, though, I officially state that I want a proper transfer Lord of the Rings extended trilogy on one disc.