Just how far will game capacity go?

Game capacity technology has increased incredibly over the past decade. Back in 2001 the majority of games were formatted on specially designed Compact Discs, or CD’s. The most notable versions were the black or blue undercoated discs on the old PS1 and PS2 game discs. Around 2003, gaming technology then moved swiftly to DVDs where more storage and memory was avaiable and therefore better quality games could be created. In 2006, a division occurred between the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. The 360 went down the route of the HD-DVD, that of which did not last long against its Blu-ray rival, which was used by the PS3. Now that is what stands to this day between the two current, and most popular games consoles. We are currently in the 3rd generation of storage discs.

But what about in the years to come? Well, some of you may or may not have heard of the Holographic Versatile Disc, or HVD for short. First of all,  despite its name, it doesn’t create any ‘holographic image’ from the disc. What it is however is a fourth generation storage disc that allows up to 6 terabytes of  storage capacity. Yes thats right, six, all on a disc the same size as a conventional CD. Now look at how powerful the hard drive is on you’re computer, and think about it; a flimsy disc vs the hardware thats holding all of your files together. 6 terabytes is the maximun the HVD can go, but the average capacity is still around 1-2 terabytes. Thats the equivalent of 20 dual-layer blu-ray discs! Its crazy, but it’s the future.

So with all of that storage thats several times larger than your hard drive alone, surely games can become 20x bigger and better than the ones currently out now right? Well with such a vast ammount of space comes a vast ammount of development. Games could take longer to create or they could become more expensive to sustain due to the vast expenditure on HVDs rather than the cheaper Blu-ray discs. Either way their overall price may rise. And then you’ve got to think about buying a new console that can run HVDs, which will be even more expensive than what the PS3 was when it first came out.

It would be nice to play a free roaming game with a near endless ammount of possibilities and stunning ultra-realistic graphics. If gaming companies do use the HVD, surely it could also support the proposed all-new ‘Virtual Reality’ gaming, but we do not know for sure, but only time will tell when the HVD becomes more and more cheaper to manufacture and also becomes more easily avaliable to us.


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