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Sony unveils next generation of “Archival” 300GB-1TB Blu-ray discs

Sony has announced the next evolution of its Blu-ray format. The new Archival Disc medium aims to offer up to 1TB of storage on one disc over time.

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Blu-ray headlines

  • Blu-Ray successor plans unveiled: Sony wants a single disc to hold 300GB by 2015

    Sony and Panasonic have revealed the future of Blu-Ray as both companies want the next wave of discs to hold 300GB of data by 2015.

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  • PS4: Blu-ray discs are the "primary delivery mechanism"

    PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan has said discs aren’t going away any time soon, despite the PlayStation 4′s emphasis on digital content delivery.

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  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 to ship on a single Xbox 360 DVD

    Technical re-jigging has reduced the original FFXIII’s three-disc requirement on Xbox 360 to just one disc for the remastered FFXIII-2. It’s like magic.

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  • Iwata confirms non-DVD or Blu-ray playback for Wii U

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that Wii U won’t have support for Blu-ray or DVD playback.

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  • Dead Space: Downfall and Dead Space 2: Aftermath DVD and Blu-ray bundles coming soon

    A bundle featuring both Dead Space animated movies has been revealed for both DVD and Blu-ray.

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  • Sony's CES keynote: PSN coming to Blu-Ray players, TVs, and PCs next month

    Your PSN’s so fat, it doesn’t sit in your PS3 – it sits in outlying Sony products around your PS3! That incredibly juvenile third grade holdover more or less describes the goal of Sony Network Entertainment, an upcoming expansion of PSN.

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  • Bigger storage capacity for Blu-rays coming soon

    According to a Nikkei report, Blu-rays with upwards of 33Gb are on the way.

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  • Some Blu-ray films to allow a transfer onto PSP

    Sony has said that the transferring of Blu-ray films to PSP is a decision for Hollywood studios, not the platform holder. Speaking with Eurogamer, a spokesperson for Sony stated that Blu-ray releases of Tropic Thunder and RocknRolla already support the feature for the handheald, but are viewed at a reduced quality. This statement from Sony […]

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  • Carmack: RAGE won't work too well on 3 DVD's, Doom 4 will

    id Software’s John Carmack has been discussing multiplatform trade-off’s with GameInformer and has said that putting RAGE on 3 DVD’s on Xbox 360 is a problem as the nature of the game won’t really allow for it. “We would love to set the thing up where it filled one Blu-ray disc versus three DVDs, which […]

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  • Survey says: 87% of PS3 owners watch Blu-ray movies

    According to the Entertainment Merchant’s Association’s 2008 Annual Report on the Home Entertainment Industry, 87% of PS3 owners also use their Sony Living Room Devices as Blu-ray players. An NPD survey last year claimed that 60% of PS3 owners didn’t even know their console played Blu-ray discs, so we imagine phrases like “Really? Cool!” and […]

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  • Final Fantasy XIII demos arrive in Japanese retail stores [Update]

    The Final Fantasy Advent Children: Complete Blu-ray discs have arrived in Japanese retail stores and you can see one retailer holding the box in is hand here. A demo of Final Fantasy XIII is included in the pack, so watch for movies very soon. Still no word on when to expect the game to hit […]

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  • Bach on Blu Ray for 360: "We have no plans in that space"

    In an interview with techflash, Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division, said that due to cost and compatibility, said that the Redwood giant has “no plans” to embrace Sony high def format, Blu Ray. “It’s not a feature we get a ton of requests for. We really don’t,” began Bach. “When you […]

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  • Tretton: "PS3 drove the Blu-ray format to victory and now the Blu-ray format is poised to return the favour"

    Speaking at the ongoing Sony E3 conference at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, SCEA CEO Jack Tretton just said that, “PS3 drove the Blu-ray format to victory and now the Blu-ray format is poised to return the favour.” “The PS3 is the most complete Blu-ray player on the market,” he added. “We created a processor […]

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  • 110,000 PS3s sold in Ireland

    This siliconrepublic piece on the uptake on Blu-ray in Ireland reveals that the PS3 has sold 110,000 units in the country. It’s not often we get numbers from individual European territories, so we thought we’d share the love. By Mike Bowden

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  • Rumour: MS to announce 360 with Blu-ray tomorrow

    Crunchgear is reporting that tomorrow at 9am PST (4pm BST) Microsoft announce a Blu-ray-touting 360 for pre-Christmas release. The site also claims that the new SKU’s price will be less than the Elite. We reckon the pinch of salt meter’s off the scale on this – but we thought we’d tell you anyway. More Chinese […]

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  • Wal-Mart drops HD-DVD

    Surely this means the end? Wal-Mart is to completely drop HD-DVD players and movies by June. You can’t get much more final than that. The company officially announced its intentions today, saying, “By June Wal-Mart will only be carrying Blu-ray movies and hardware machines, and of course standard-def movies, DVD players, and up-convert players.” If […]

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  • UK retailer Woolworths drops HD-DVD

    Another nail for HD-DVD’s already groaning coffin arrives in news that major UK high street retailer Woolworths has dropped the format following slow Christmas sales. Blu-ray will be the only HD disc format now stocked in the store. “Sales figures clearly show that the market is moving towards one format of high definition DVD,” said […]

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