128GB Blu-ray Burners Coming Soon

Monday Buffalo Technology announced the upcoming release of the world's first Blu-ray burner that supports the new 100 GB (3-layer) / 128 GB (4-layer) BDXL format introduced back in April.

Currently slated for the Japanese market, Buffalo will offer external and internal options--the BRXL-6U2 connecting via a USB 2.0 port and an internal model labeled BRXL-6FBS-BK using an SATA interface. Both can record on BD-R XL discs at 4X, BD-RE XL at 2X, and two-layer BD-Rs at 6X. Special software will also be included for 3D video playback.

Although Buffalo did not offer pricing, the drives are expected to hit Japan “shortly.” Currently a North American release date is not available however the drives should reach the States sometime shortly after the initial Japanese release..

Also on Monday Pioneer announced its plans to launch a BDXL drive sometime around mid-November. This will be an internal model only that can write BD-R/-R DL discs at 6X, and BD-RE/-RE DL discs at 2X. Called the BDR-206MBK, the optical drive can also record to DVD and CD media and use a 4MB buffer. Pioneer will also include a software suite for 3D playback, video editing, backup and more.

Pioneer's BDR-206MBK will retail around $372 (30,000 yen) when it hits the Japanese market next month. As with Buffalo, Pioneer did not specify a North American release date however the drive should be available worldwide soon.

  • mrit
    Anyone know how much media will be?
  • robertking82881
    yay bigger porn storage
  • nforce4max
    Hmm I would still have to use a pile of them just to backup one of my cluttered drives mush less all six excluding my other machines.
  • oxxfatelostxxo
    yea, the only thing i use discs for anymore are music really, and im pretty sure i dont need a blu ray filled with music for my car.

    i dont really see what good blue ray discs are, i dont see them as a safe way to store data really, and the amount they hold really only seems suited for that for the regular user.

    So unless your downloading massive amounts of bluray size movies, which dont usually come out as nice as a real blu ray anyway... seems pointless to me
  • adamboy64
    Ah sweet. More on Bluray. I still haven't picked up a BD burner yet, so should wait for these to hit retail.
  • nurgletheunclean
    Considering a 2tb hdd is ~$100. It would take about 16 128gb disk to equal 2tb. considering the burner is >$300, unless the disks are
  • dimar
    I used to use BD-R for home HD video. But now that I got several TB Synology storage server, I'm not upgrading to the next gen BD burner this time, if ever. Can't they come up with HD platter type of disks??? Let all the HDD internals be in the drive, and the platter itself in a super thin enclosure. Does it exists?

    I guess It's good for 4K HD movies. Prepare to buy all movie/series collections all over again :pt1cable:
  • tronika
    sorry but there are much better ways to store 100+GB that last much longer than a bd
  • kronos_cornelius
    I rather get I couple of 1TB hdd and mirror them (next investment)

    handling "physical packets" of data is more prone to damage and misplacement.
  • dimar,

    SyQuest did that many years ago, and then Iomega did it again more recently.