Sony and Panasonic team up to develop next-gen 300GB optical discs


We’ve seen a 400GB Blu-Rays and 1TB discs in the lab before but that was when discs were cool. Today, nobody likes ’em very much. On the other hand, say “cloud” and everybody goes crazy.

But there’s still hope for physical people. Sony and Panasonic have teamed up to bring reliable long-term storage that only optical disks can provide.



The duo will develop a “next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs.1 They say that a 300GB flavor could be ready in two years.

Both companies aim to improve their development efficiency based on the technologies held by each respective company, and will target the development of an optical disc with recording capacity of at least 300GB by the end of 2015. Going forward, Sony and Panasonic will continue to hold discussions regarding the specifications and other items relating to the development of this new standard.

By actively promoting the adoption of a new standard for next-generation high-capacity optical discs, they intend to offer solutions that preserve valuable data for future generations.

Do you think this is a smart move and we’ll still be needing optical discs, given rapid developments in on-demand streaming and cloud gaming?

I think it’s always smart to have a physical backup of our online life.





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