Dual-layer Blu-ray discs are so 2006
. The new hotness is Pioneer's just-developed, 16-layer Blu-ray disc
(pictured above) with a whopping 400GB of writable storage space. For reference, that disc could hold roughly eight copies of Metal Gear Solid 4
, 187 copies of Final Fantasy VII
, or 1.25 million copies of the original Super Mario Bros.
The new discs require a special "wide-range spherical aberration compensator and light-receiving element" to detect the weaker laser signal, so don't plan on sticking one of these data-bloated monstrosities into your existing PS3. That said, the next generation of game consoles could support this new disc system, which is fully backward-compatible with existing Blu-ray discs. Of course, by the next generation, game systems might not be using optical discs at all
, so who knows what the future will hold.