QUOTE(Xplic1T @ May 30 2006, 01:35 AM)
It dawned on me, Blue Ray is equal to 50 gigs of data on one disk. I doubt games will even use 1/5 of that space especially for the first couple of titles to hit the ps3 but what about future games.
First-gen BluRay will only go up to 25GB. But yes, that's a LOT of space, too much for any application except lots of HD-quality movies. IE: The long, non-interactive cutscenes of games like FF.
BluRay drives at first will also be really slow. Despite having over 5x as much space as a DVD drive, the PS3's reading speed will only be BluRay2x, which is about as fast as a 6-7x DVD drive. That means that if developers just ported a game straight from 360 to PS3 with super-high-res textures and super-quality audio and such to fill the disc (AKA: no compression), they'd have to deal with at least 5-10x as much loading time in every game. (2x the storage, nearly half the reading speed)
So not only is that more space than developers really need ("Oblivion fits on one DVD"), but it's more space than they probably ever want to use because choosing to use it to upgrade graphics will destroy load times.
Also consider, a 50GB BluRay drive could hold (in Xbox terms):
-Morrowind GOTY with all expansions
-Knights of the Old Republic (+downlods)
-Halo 2 (+new maps)
....and have quite a bit of space left over.
Do we really need THAT much storage right now? Especially with such terrible read speeds?