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Is Optical Media dying the same way PC gaming was dying a few years ago? Don't be so quick to rule it out for the foreseeable future. I don't see movies, games or professional software to be primarily transferred via flash storage. A disc is way cheaper than a thumb drive and for read-only operations there's no reason not to continue to use it.

The difference is PC gaming is still the "best" way to game. Optical disks aren't the "Best" portable storage devices. The are slow, bulky and take a long time to burn when compared to flash drives. They are even harder to share when compared to cloud storage methods. As strictly physical media, there are better options.

I have no optical drive in my rig. I haven't missed it. Even if I wanted to transfer 300GB around, I'd go for a portable 2.5 inch hard drive and lend that to a friend.

The only benefit I see of a 300GB optical disk is if you're trying to mass distribute something. For example, you're a photographer or a video editor and you're trying to give out 300GB samples of your work to 20 different people. USB drives would be too expensive and currently 300GB for cloud sharing is a lot of space. Only in that kind of situation will these disks be useful.
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This could be Sony's first attempt at a successor for blu-rays for 4K content. 4K movies aren't going to be on flash drives any time soon - as nice as that might be. Sony's really pushing 4K with their entire lineup of TV's. This is only natural for them start experimenting with the "next" 4K blu-ray.
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I think we should go over to flash cards. Like SD or something. Would be like having really small cassettes. No movable parts is my dream PC.
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would be sick to write up some software that can copy bit for bit from an HDD to the disk...
backup disks would have a whole new meaning.

kind of like norton ghost
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Not sure what to think, we are moving towards a fully digital future, we are probably anything from 5-10 years away from that future, I personally haven't burn a disc in over 5 years, have been using pendrives for ages, have about 5 or so from 2-16gb also have a 16gb MicroSD on my Smartphone that + Wifi Sync + DLNA completely removes the need of discs for me My main rig doesn't even have a Optical Driver.

 

That being said I still see the need for Optical Discs, because not everyone is a geek like me =P or sometimes doesn't have the same resources I have there's allot of differente situation where WIFI or Pendrives aren't indicated.

Then you have the Music/Game/Movie Industry still relaying on Disc Sales to reach most of their customers, and that is why we still better/bigger Optical Discs, Music and Games is transitioning very fast, but the Movie industry isn't because of their Piracy paranoia (but lets not discuss that), so the Movie industry will be the last to achieve full digital sales, and I'm guessing 15 years or more, has the only way I would see them going this route would be streaming and allot of people don't have proper internet for that.

 

Finaly you have people that prefer their Media in Discs since it gives them a bigger sence of possession, I personally don't care as long has I have access to my media, but it matters allot for allot of people.

 

So yeah we will probably even see a next generation after this one, but unlike before were you had the industry and the users both using Optical Discs to store media, now only the industry will still rely on that, since us users are moving from burning discs to pendrives and what not.

 

PS: Lets not forget 4k the Movie industry will need bigger Discs to store 4k movies.

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