Everyone knows about the PS3′s Blu-ray discs for games, which can hold up to 50GBs of data. Yoshihisa Hashimoto, the chief technical officer at Square Enix and the producer of the Luminous Tech Demo, has stated that one Blu-ray disc might not be sufficient for next-gen consoles. It seems that Square Enix’s Luminous Engine might require huge amounts of data. He reveals that the power of the processors used allowed for assets from a CGI video to be carried directly over to the real-time demo, and this is a practice he thinks could be possible in the next generation of games.
“That’s what we’re expecting to do,” he said. “For the backgrounds used in this – the mountains, the houses – we are using exactly the same assets as are used in the Visual Works CG version.
“Of course, it’s too massive of a data to use in a game as-is, but I think the look and feel will probably remain. If we had time, we could’ve compressed the data even smaller. We didn’t have time to do that, so we just used the same master data – but it can definitely be reduced.”
So, if its true that Blu-ray might not be enough, what’s better than Blu-ray?