Sony and Panasonic Unveil Archival Disc, Expected To Store 4K Resolution Movies

Sony has today announced their formulation of a new standard optical disc format called “Archival Disc.” The description on the press release states that it is intended for professional-use, next-generation optical discs to expand the market for long-term digital data storage.

The intent seems to be to use these discs as a more permanent and long-lasting storage device for data, but it cannot be ruled out that they may be used for storing 4K resolution video files and movies, since these movies require much more storage space than can currently be provided by Blu-Ray.

The adoption of Blu-Ray by the Xbox One was a step for the format, but with a possible new format on the horizon, Sony may be looking to break ground again.

The technology features several signal processing techs as the product progresses. With its launch expected in 2015, the format will allow 300GB of storage, and as the technology advances, it is expected to store up to 1TB of data using multi-level recording. The disc will also be double sided, to allow even more data to be stored on a disc no larger than current optical discs like DVDs and Blu-Ray discs.

To reiterate, the Sony press release in question did not mention the use of the format outside of data storage, so there is a possibility this format won’t be coming to the consumer market any time soon, if at all.