New Xbox 360 Disc Format isn't Blu-Ray

Paul Lilly

When Microsoft's Major Nelson announced a public preview of an "updated Xbox 360 disc format," the Internet was immediately abuzz with speculation that Blu-ray was finally coming to Redmond's flagship console. We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but that isn't the case. As has been the case with every previous rumor suggesting the Xbox 360 is getting a Blu-ray drive, it's not happening, and it probably never will. Want to know what this new format is? Hit the jump.

Eurogamer's Digital Foundry says "a highly placed development source has confirmed...that the new disc format being beta tested in a new dashboard upgrade adds 1GB to the storage of the Xbox 360 game discs."

As it stands, the maximum space reserved for game data on current discs is 6.8GB out of a maximum of 7.95GB on a standard dual-layer DVD. The remaining 1+GB is for a DVD-Video partition and anti-piracy security sectors. The new format either does away with this partition entirely or greatly reduces it.

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