So by now you’ve most probably heard (or found out) that the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 includes an optional texture pack install.
So unfortunately if you had an old Xbox 360 without a hard drive then you would basically be stuck playing a standard definition version of Battlefield 3 which is a disgusting result of allowing installs on consoles.
But unfortunately it’s actually worse than that. The new Xbox 360 slims come with a 4Gb flash based harddrive for downloading patches, arcade titles and the like. What that drive cannot be used for however is to install the Battlefield 3 texture map as Battlefield doesn’t see it as a valid hard drive and as such any Xbox 360 Gb model out there will force your Battlefield 3 experience into standard definition.
Microsoft really shouldn’t have allowed this and to be honest it smacks of desperation that Microsoft has allowed EA to breach this line. As much as it would have been difficult they should have told EA that Battlefield 3 won’t be licensed for the Xbox 360 unless they can find a way to stop the mandatory install.
EA would never have allowed the game to miss out on such a massive market and we’d all have been saved from this nonsense.
Check the video over at Gamesradar which shows the massive difference between the textures in game.
Last Updated: October 28, 2011