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New Blu-ray Format Doubles Data Storage

A consumer version is expected at some point, though for now it’s mostly an archiving tool

The Blu-ray Disc Association is rolling out a new BDXL format capable of holding up to 128GB (write-once) or 100GB (rewriteable), according to Engadget. Standard 50GB Blu-ray discs currently hold about half that much data.

The larger format will require a new player — a firmware update won’t do it — since they go up to three or four layers deep and will likely need a more powerful laser.

A consumer version is in the works, though it will first be aimed at markets where Blu-ray Disc recorders are popular, or available at all, such as Japan (but not the U.S.). Final details on the format are expected in the coming months.

Read more at Engadget.