Upcoming BDXL discs won't be compatible with existing Blu-ray players

Summary:Given that Blu-ray popularity is on the rise, the Blu-ray Disc Association is in the works of upgrading the format. But that might cause some problems regarding existing Blu-ray discs.

Given that Blu-ray popularity is on the rise, the Blu-ray Disc Association is in the works of upgrading the format. But that might cause some problems regarding existing Blu-ray discs.

According to Yahoo, the forthcoming version called BDXL will support 128GB per disc and bump up the number of layers on a single disc from two to four. All of this sounds great given that it should allow for 3D movies (which are also on the rise) to fit on a single disc. Who wants to go back to the days of multiple discs or video tapes for a single movie?

The snag is that these BDXL discs will not be able to work with already existing Blu-ray players, but new BDXL-enabled players will support older discs. Which means that if you want to enjoy these higher-definition, 3D films on the new format someday, you'll have to shell out the cash to upgrade your entertainment center. It's annoying, but that's just the way the times change it seems.

Although, don't expect to see Avatar or Alice in Wonderland on this format just yet as it the technology won't be released to the consumer market initially.

There's no official release date yet for these discs except they should appear in the next few months.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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