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Blu-ray discs are about to get even bigger

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As if Blu-ray discs weren't big enough, a new report has revealed that they're about to get even bigger. Thanks to new production methods, the old per-layer storage capacity for BDs has been increased to 33.4 GB. 

"Read and write at 33.4 GB per layer would be implemented thanks to the use of partial response maximum likelihood (PRML) signal processing," writes Nikkei, using words I don't understand. "The new method can continue to use the existing Blu-ray optics: a blue-violet laser diode with a 405 nm wavelength, and an object lens with a numeric aperture (NA) of 0.85."

The important part is that Sony is a huge supporter of the new discs, so it would appear that PS3 developers have even more disc space to feel with uncompressed madness. Final Fantasy can have even more graphics, and Metal Gear Solid can finally realize its dream of the ultimate six-hour cutscene. 

Good times are ahead, my friends! Good times indeed. 

From 25 to 33.4 GB per Layer, Even Larger Blu-ray Discs on the Horizon [Nikkei]


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