Earlier in the week Sony and Panasonic revealed the new Archival Disc, set to release sometime in the summer of 2015. Right now the Archival Disc is only meant for professional use, not consumer use. What is set to be the new standard disc format, the Archival Disc will be able to hold from up 300GB to 1TB of space. According to Sony,
Have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored.
The take away from this announcement is what the new disc format can do for the recently released PS4 and Xbox One. With game install becoming bigger (notably Killzone Shadow Fall’s 40GB during the PS4’s release), both 500GB systems can easily be filled by games taking up a larger amount of space. The new Archival Disc could rectify this problem, allowing for more assets to be put on the disc instead of on the system itself. This also saves consumers from not being able to download and play multiple games because of size limitations. Whether Sony decides to distribute the new disc for the PS4 and Xbox One is unknown. As the catalog from both consoles increase, we will see what they decide to do.