Today Panasonic announced the upcoming availability of their new BD-RE XL discs, triple-layer BD-DVDs capable of holding up to 100GB of information. Each of the LM-BE100J discs is re-writeable, meaning data can be written to and erased from the drive, like a normal CDRW. Also like CDRWs, the new BD-RE XL discs will cost a bit more than their read-only brethren — to the tune of $118 per disc.
Panasonic is launching the new format in Japan later this month, with wider availability set to follow at a future date. New optical drives from companies such as Pioneer already support the technology, but it’s far from a sure thing, so if you’re looking to scribe some plastic with fat stacks of digital data, be sure to read the fine print before you pick these up.
It’ll be interesting to see how the price drops, if at all, in the months following launch. Given the storage density of things like hard drives these days, it’s cheaper and quicker to just plug in a hard drive. While there are no doubt a large number of people interested in products like these – government and business among them, certainly the average tech enthusiast is probably equally content to let optical discs pass away into obscurity.