Saw it on the Battlelog. Figured I'd post it.
Copypasta360 Version of Battlefield 3 to Offer Optional Install of High Resolution Textures
DICE has confirmed that the second disc of Battlefield 3 on 360 will feature an optional high resolution texture pack.
- by Pete Davison
- October 07, 2011 07:55 AM PT
Multi-disc 360 games are becoming more common these days. As games become more and more bloated and the limitations of the DVD medium are starting to present themselves to developers, we're starting to see larger, more ambitious games offer optional installs for additional features or, in some cases, split their gameplay across more than one disc. Recently, this has happened with id's Rage, and DICE's upcoming shooter Battlefield 3 will also be following this trend, too.
"There's a voluntary install on the 360," said Battlefield 3 producer Patrick Liu in conversation with GamerZines yesterday. "I think Rage did it as well, where you can install content to stream higher res textures. We're pushing that technology to the limit, and compared to our competitors, I would argue that we're the best looking game."
Liu didn't mention whether the PS3 version will also include the hi-res texture pack as an optional install -- or whether it will simply include the better textures as part of a mandatory installation process. Many PS3 games require game data to be installed to the system hard drive due to the higher seek times of Blu-Ray discs causing loading breaks to be longer if game data isn't properly optimized. It would make sense for the PS3 version to include hi-res textures in a mandatory install -- if it's on the disc, it might as well be used -- but then, the PC version demands 20GB of hard drive space, which would be a significant proportion of the PS3's available storage to be required in order to play.
We've contacted EA to see if they can clarify Liu's quotes and find out what the situation is with the PS3 version.