Sharp has become the first company to launch a Blu-ray disc based on the BDXL specification, which allows it to store over 99GB of data.
The company's new triple-layer VR-100BR1 disc doubles the capacity of the existing 50GB dual-layer discs and is enough for around 12 hours standard video or 8 1/2 hours of HD.
Unfortunately, the new format (which is the BDXL specification) requires a new Blu-ray reader/writer, which Sharp is offering with the BD-HDW70 and BD-HDW700.
The 100GB VR-100BR1 discs should begin shipping in Japan on early August for 5,000 yen or just under $60 US dollars. The bad part is it will cost around $2,300 to $3,500 for the above-mentioned players that are compatible with the new format.