Xbox 360 installs imminent?

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Installs on the Playstation 3 have caused a lot of controversy over the last year or so, with the old debate of whether or not it is a problem and if it is necessary.

A site called Tokipost.com posted up an article about how they wonder if the Xbox 360 will be heading down the same path now that the 60gb SKU is making its way into the market.

I know that one of the reasons for game installs on the PS3 is the slower read rate of a Blu-Ray Disc, but it still makes you wonder if Microsoft is going to be taking a look at the idea.

I personally think its a bogus idea unless it is only an optional install as Microsoft have made so many compromises in the past to accommodate owners of the Core or Arcade consoles that it will be strange if they suddenly flip their strategy around. But then again, nothing surprises me these days.

source: Tokipost.com

Last Updated: July 15, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

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  • Flameboy

    As far as I can tell it is optional. Here is another link which I think confirms it.

    http://gamerscoreblog.com/team/archive/2008/07/14/mrcwhtnltrxle.aspx

  • what everyone needs to keep in mind is that the broadband enabled countries (I mean “real” broadband) download like it means nothing and when you have the option to download/rent HD movies (which require up to 4gig of space) onto your drive + being able to download old XBOX titles direct to drive + the fact that Arcades have broken the 64mb mold limit + the ability to rip your music to your drive + game saves (minimal I know) + + + + + the bigger drive makes sense and “I” don’t think (IMO) that it has anything to do with installing games onto your drive, I do think that they may offer it as an option to do away with reading from the disk, faster load times etc. but I don’t think it’ll become required… although anything can happen

  • ewie

    next would be to buy the retail game directly from marketplabe at 10$ discount. I would do it for gears 2. The amount of time it will be in console.

  • bokka1

    I will actually like it if I could install my current favourite game to my hard drive. It must be optional thogh.

  • Update: – Confirmed! But you need the disc just to authenticate.

    While not my thing. I think it’s just a matter of time (or more likely the money model) before full retail becomes available as a download. I suspect they’d start with classic back catalogue (Like Originals) as they’re the one’s hard to find at retail.

    doobiwan’s last blog post..The Games that made the consoles

  • kabraal

    Sounds like a cool feature. But let’s face the 360 does load fast enough and it probably won’t benefit all that much as a PS3. I might be wrong though. I would have liked it more if it could’ve been done without the DVD being present for authentications. I do obviously understand why it has to be, but what’s the use of installing the entire game on a HDD when you have to put in the DVD anyway? Would be nice to install 10 games fully and pack any the DVDs…

  • I guess that it will be nice if you are playing a certain game a hell of a lot, maybe something multiplayer and you want all the load times and streaming to run as fast as possible. It would be cool if you could prove that you have purchased the game by linking a unique code to your gamertag or something, but that would still open too many doors for piracy.

  • Fox1

    I like the idea of installs. That whirring noise that the DVD-ROM makes is irritating. Oh and the installs will prolong the life of the laser in the DVD-ROM 😛

  • LazySAGamer

    😯 I agree with Kabraal…

    I hate installs but I love digital distribution, so if I could install the game and not have to put it in the tray to play it then this would be a good thing. Since I need to change discs when I change games even if it’s installed it makes it pointless.

    So far nothing from the Microsoft E3 conference has done anything for me…

  • Thats actually the first decent reason I have heard fox1. Now that I think about… I would spend hours and hours playing Gears multiplayer everynight, so it would probably benefit anyone who play so much to not have their drive spinning for 4 hours a day when it could be sitting still.

  • kabraal

    Hey… I’m not always that hard to agree with…

  • I think it’s more a precursor to things down the line. This + Xbox Originals? It’s only a matter of time before we have full retail game downloads.

    Nick, I think that may be something. Perhaps it’ll be more a case of, you rent a game, you like it, instead of going and finding a retail copy, you install it then pay to unlock the copy permanently.

    doobiwan’s last blog post..The Games that made the consoles

  • I dunno Doobi, is 60gb even near to enough space to accommodate something like that?

  • You’re thinking like a bandwidth starved South African…

    Once you buy the license you own the game in perpetuity regardless off whether you have a copy installed or not. On a 6Mbps line, you’re looking at 15 minutes per Gb of download, so a DVD’s worth is going to be 1-2hours to install.

    doobiwan’s last blog post..The Games that made the consoles

  • i see what you mean. But still, 60gb feels a bit lightweight for something like this. Considering that people will have DLC, demos and all as well, 60gb feels like its way too small if MS wants to introduce something like this into the market and have it flourish.

    I dunno, maybe its fine

  • RivaZA

    And now we will be able to alleviate some of the performance issues with Mass Effect and the object pop-in of GTA4.

  • doobi is right, alot of things on live and market place are out of our reach or comprehension to a point because of our bandwidth lacking connections, I mean how excited would you be now if you lived in the states to go and get a netflix account? Id also uninstall half the arcade games i have if i could redownload them without worrying about my cap etc.

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  • I see this feature being rather useful for games that come on multiple disks.

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