New 16 layer 400GB Blu-ray Discs Backwards Compatible?
At a IT event in Taipei, in a rather vague statement, Pioneer confirmed the 16 layer 400GB Blu-ray disc will be backwards compatible with existing players.
The technology of the super multi-layer read-only disc is based on Blu-ray Disc (BD) with a breakthrough in material of reflective layers, according to Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan. The specifications of the pick-up head (PUH) of the disc is the same as those for the PUH of blank BD discs, and therefore the Pioneer discs can be read on BD players, the company said.
Before you go running to the hills claiming the superiority of the format/players, note the statement still doesn’t confirm all 16 layers will be readable on current gen players. For all we know this could be confirming the first two layers can be read on current players. Will we ever get a clear statement?
We doubt load times and price point will be on the consumers side, don’t bother asking for the single disc Star Trek anthology anytime soon!