Microsoft Teaches An Old Disc A New Trick and Adds 1GB Capacity
posted Thursday Mar 31, 2011 by Jon Wurm
Only 6 long years after the debut of the worlds best game console the day has come where Microsoft was forced to address the storage capacity of DVDs. Compared to Blu-ray discs, which can hold upward of 50GBs, the DVD's 7.95GB limit was quickly running short as Xbox 360 games were confined to 6.8GB. The other gig was partitioned off and reserved for anti-piracy purposes until a new version of Halo: Reach that uses the extra capacity surfaced. The details of what the extra capacity is being used for is uncertain but Xbox 360 scene hacker commodore4ever broke the news to the world in a tweet,
MS will introduce xgd3 – this will add more ap checks, cvi (content integerity) checks, increase the disc size and adds a new layer for protection issues – all in the 20500 sdk! bring it on.
There is currently no announced change over date and assuming things work out there will definitely be a Xbox 360 dashboard update that will allow consoles access to the extra space.
Some people might be disappointed that Blu-ray didn't make the cut but there is no way that could happen since Xbox consoles have never been equipped with Blu-ray disc readers. Yes, Blu-ray discs have around 6.3 times the capacity of DVDs and Microsoft was aware of that but read speeds for Blu-ray drives are significantly slower which is why most PS3 games have to be installed on the HDD instead of being run from the disc.