Pioneer announces 400GB optical disc

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Blu-ray title contender

Pioneer has announced that it has created a Blu-ray type disc that can hold over 400GB, it doesn’t currently plan on releasing it but if it did we would only require a small change to the existing Blu-Ray players to get them to work.

You can check it all out here.

It does raise a big question around the longevity of Blu-Ray or any other optical disc out there at the moment.

The CD wasn’t really challenged for quite some time, then the DVD was the clear leader for years and years. However ever since the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray war started there have been other contenders who just don’t look like they are going anywhere.

The problem here is that until there is an industry accepted standard there won’t be mass market take up. Blu-Ray easily has the best shot at becoming the next defacto optical standard but unless they can solidify that in the next year this may end up being a hollow victory.

Last Updated: July 8, 2008

Gavin Mannion

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