What do you get when you tell Hitachi engineers that they need to come up with a ridiculously large amount of storage on a single Blu-Ray disc?
If your answer was a four layer disc that can hold up to 100GB of data, then you might want to look into a future as a fortune teller or psychic.
But what about the player? Do consumers need to have some sort of 'super' Blu-Ray disc player for these? Thankfully the answer is probably not:
“While companies such as TDK and Panasonic have previously mooted 100GB discs, they have always needed a specially developed optical head in the player to read the disc.
Hitachi, however, claims to have used a standard Blu-Ray drive optical head that's only slightly modified to allow it to read and write data across the four 25GB layers. It's believed this will only require a firmware update to make existing drives compatible.”
What could 100GB worth of storage be used for? Perhaps an entire season of HD quality shows on a disc or two? Perhaps more extra features than we've ever really imagined possible? There are lots of possibilities here.
We're hoping that Sony PS3s get a firmware patch for this. Folding, gaming, and possibly 100GB discs. What's not to love?