Sony (and Panasonic) have released a document that states we're going to be getting 300Gb Blu-ray discs next year, with 1TB discs coming in due course.
Bear in mind that we currently enjoy 50Gb discs for all our bloaty gaming requirements. So just imagine how much more gaming goodness a publisher can pack into 300Gb, let alone 1Tb! Let's look at the detail...The Archival Disc Roadmap
comes as a relief to those people who prize game-play over needlessly long load/installation times. This is because, for now this storage expansion refers to, "Archival Disc standard formulated for professional-use next-generation optical discs".
It goes on to state that, "Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs.
"These efforts resulted in the formulation of "Archival Disc", a new professional-use next-generation optical disc standard, for which the technology roadmap, logo, and specifications are outlined below."
That said, "Both Sony and Panasonic aim to launch systems with a recording capacity of 300 GB per disc from summer 2015, onwards. In addition, both companies plan to leverage their respective technologies to further expand the recording capacity per disc to 500 GB and 1 TB."
It won't be long before this expanded format is used by games publishers, that's for sure.