In a joint press release, Sony & Panasonic have announced plans to develop a new optical disk – capable of holding at least 300GB of data – within the next three years.
No date for a commercial release has been mentioned, and development is still very much in its infancy, but the companies are said to be pooling their respective technologies to develop the new standard before the end of 2015, with an eventual target of superseding Blu-ray.
The new storage medium will have a capacity some six times greater than Sony’s current market leader, and are also thought to be more environmentally resilient than any existing disk-based options.
Looking to the future, and with a growing popularity for cloud based media streaming, Sony believe these new disks will primarily serve as a data backup, rather than a content delivery system.
“Both Sony and Panasonic have a proven track record in developing Blu-ray disc format technologies, and by actively promoting the adoption of a new standard for next-generation high-capacity optical discs, they intend to offer solutions that preserve valuable data for future generations.”