Earlier today, Sony announced a new Blue-ray “Archival Disc,” capable of storing up to 1TB of data. According to Sony, it’s “a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage.”
Sony believes there’s a demand for archival capabilities in the film industry, but what this means for video games is still unknown. They’ll be launching the first system in 2015, with a capacity of 300 GB per disc. Sony plans on leveraging the technology over time, with 500 GB and 1TB iterations in the works.
With game worlds growing bigger by the year, this technology could prove useful in the development and distribution of content. Developers wouldn’t be restricted to the currently limited sizes, and perhaps smaller installs will be possible with additional space on the disc. Only time will tell whether Sony intends on utilizing the technology in conjunction with the PlayStation 4.