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

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.

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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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  • Upcoming power plugs for plug in hybrids won't be compatible with existing

    gasoline cars..

    Come on. Did you really expect hardware designed for dual layer BD disc to be
    able to read 4 layer discs ?
    s_souche
  • RE: Upcoming BDXL discs won't be compatible with existing Blu-ray players

    As I recall I can put my Dual Layer DVD in a pre-dual layer drive and it can read it.
    devlin_X
    • all DVDs are dual layer

      Players at least. It was a part of the DVD standard. Newer more advanced standards require newer hardware.

      This is normal. Let's see if this takes off.
      someitguy79
  • Easy, we rip em off!

    Last year I paid 400Euros ($500) to enjoy my movies in
    hi-def..and now, not even a year later, they're chucking
    it in for something else?

    I swear I won't BUY another movie...I'll just subscribe
    to a warez site.
    grillomalta@...
  • I know how you feel...

    I just bought a BR player. I'm not buying another one for a long time.

    Screw Sony. My TV isn't 3D, either.
    Eriamjh
  • I miss HD-DVD more and more. [nt]

    [nt]
    olePigeon
  • RE: Upcoming BDXL discs won't be compatible with existing Blu-ray players

    My friends are moaning about this one in a big way. 'Oh
    no, we has to get new players now!'

    I'm chuckling at them, I warned them. Rushing to adopt a
    still changing standard causes this kind of mess. Now I'm
    an....err....burro...in their opinions for having had the
    audacity to try to warn them. You just can't win, can
    you?
    KOS-MOS
    • HD-DVD spec required the players to be upgradeable...

      HD-DVD spec required the players to be upgradeable, this feature
      was only [i]optional[/i] for Blu-ray.

      Blu-ray isn't exactly early adoption right now, it's just the Blu-ray
      consortium screwing people over. I used to be a big HD-DVD
      supporter because the spec and licensing was so much better than
      Blu-ray, but everyone wanted that extra 10GB of space that's [i]still[/i]
      not used on existing Blu-ray movies.

      Frustrating. It was completely obvious this was the road Blu-ray was
      headed down after people had to buy new players because you
      couldn't upgrade a 1.0 spec player, then buy new players because you
      couldn't upgrade most 1.1 spec players, and now they'll have to buy a
      new player because the 2.0 spec can't even play the new format even
      with a firmware upgrade.

      Not sure what people were expecting. Has history not taught these
      people about Sony?
      olePigeon
      • PS3 and forget your worries.

        The PS3 has managed to stay up to date with all the Blu-ray changes through firmware updates. Given the cost, performance, and features, my purchase back in 2007 was clearly a win. Not saying it's better than a 360 (not looking to start that war), just that it's been well worth the money.
        Lacerz
        • Yes, the PS3 is the best Blu-Ray player

          I was an HD-DVD supporter, and to this day I think it would have been much better. However, since Blu-Ray "won" (actually, Warner Brothers created the Blu-Ray win), Blu-Ray it is.

          My first and only player has been a PS3, and it is a marvelous player. Subjectively, my HD-DVD player does a better job of up-converting standard DVDs, but the PS3 makes for a better player in every other respect.

          It is simple to upgrade it to the latest features, and the latest features always appear on the PS3 before anything else.

          That being said, it sounds like the 4-layer technology may be a hardware capability and not just a firmware upgrade, but I guess we'll find out soon.

          3D support will indeed be offered to current PS3 owners, but I don't believe it will be as good as players with an HDMI 1.4 output. That's because it will be output on HDMI 1.3 players as 1080i, not 1080p.
          Speednet
        • Nope, won't work with PS3

          Requires a more powerful laser according to the source story. PS4 maybe?
          sah42
  • RE: Upcoming BDXL discs won't be compatible with existing Blu-ray players

    According to http://www.bdfile.com there is a
    large market for bd-xl but is not ready for
    consumers yet. However their is more then enough
    space for a 3d movie on just the standard bd. If
    it does hit consumers I doubt it will be in use
    for a long time due to the high cost of the discs.
    blutoo
  • Moot point for me and the majority

    who don't own Blu-Ray and have no plan to do so in the next 12 months. And with that I join the majority of households in America. The sales stats for Blu-ray took a jump over the holiday season, but seem to be leveling back down, dropping below 10% some weeks, rising to 15-16% on others. And that's only on the "Top 20" titles, not the full range of DVD vs. BR sales, which is a much more egregious gap.
    terry flores
  • PS3 Owners where are you now?

    I kinda want to laugh at all my friends that bragged
    about their PS3 being future proof, that is assuming they
    can't upgrade the firmware to read these suckers. I
    highly doubt they will because of the 2 additional
    layers, it will be interesting to see how sony plays this
    one.
    wb.cnote