Submitted by halocursed 1157d ago | news

Black Ops 2 on PS3 to Include Texture Install to HDD Option

GR - "Now, before PC and Xbox 360 cry that they're getting the short end of the stick, Vahn has confirmed this won't give any "significant performance gains" to the PS3. It's there to keep the PS3's Blu-ray lens to wear out." (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, PS3)

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1157d ago
Non of the versions should be bragged about. Cod is starting to look current gen though.
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AO1JMM  +   1157d ago
CoD has looked "current gen" for awhile now.
El_Colombiano  +   1157d ago
Since when? Last I checked MW3 looked very COD4
SuperStrokey1123  +   1157d ago
pretty sure cod4 came out this gen...
b163o1  +   1157d ago
Removes comment and quietly walks out room.
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aquamala  +   1157d ago
Cod4/waw look nothing like mw3, those of you that think it does must not have played it for a while. They use an older engine and it clearly shows.
Kevin ButIer  +   1157d ago
One of the most succesful profitable franchises in the industry, two studios working on it... and they can't update the freaking engine and fix well known issues?
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DOMination-  +   1157d ago
He didn't say it uses a different engine. He meant it uses an older revision of the engine and he is right. All those like updates every year might not seem like much but if you play cod4 now which i did recently then you'll see its improved a lot.

Anyway there's not much wrong with the visuals. They may not be as hot as bf3 but they are more competent than most others. No real point in sorting a new engine so close to next gen. Im sure someone at activation is working on that.
nukeitall  +   1156d ago
If I was Activision, I wouldn't bother with upgraded engine either. Next generation is upon us and I would use all my resources on that now as evident by Wii U.

Put the remaining resources on improving the game and adding content.

Graphics is overrated this far into the generation, and there aren't many (if any) that can run 60fps (buttery smooth) with that kind of visuals that CoD does.

Keep in mind that 60fps is half the time to do work that a 30fps game like BF3 has. In addition, there are certain things that have fixed time constraint, i.e. 60 fps doesn't decrease it's time needed to do work, so that means it is even tighter. It is amazing what Activision has achieved with 60fps on consoles.

When you ignore details (or doesn't understand game programming), you make quick conclusions based on incorrect assumptions.
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irepbtown  +   1156d ago
It has improved no doubt, but how much?
MW3 is no big leap from Black ops, which was no big leap from MW2, which was no big leap from WAW which was no big leap from COD 4 < which was the only big leap in gaming for COD.

Activision needs to learn to take risks. Heck, making a new engine is no risk at all. I'm sure everyone would welcome top notch graphics. I really do want to like COD, but I'm struggling. I borrowed MW3 from my cousin and yes I do play it, however there is so much that could be done to make it awesome.

I still believe Activision will take a big leap, however I doubt it's this Gen...
colombiankilla01  +   1156d ago
Theres is not a single game engine on the industry that runs 60 frames per second on consoles and also feels so smooth when you play it! I know theres a lot of games out there that look better but none of them feel as smooth as CoD (the Modern Warfare part of the franchise at least) You can hate all you want on CoD because it has the user base your game of choice dont have. The truth is that for a game to beat the CoD franchise in sales they have to do something revolutionary in the industry like CoD 4 did when it first came out! Remember Goldeneye wasn't the best looking game when it came out but was the funnest to play with friends.
Breadcrab  +   1157d ago
You do realize we're now experiencing the current generation, right?
Nick_515  +   1157d ago
I'm pretty sure he's saying that COD is starting to reach current gen graphic levels... Meaning it hasn't yet.
ambientFLIER  +   1157d ago
Um...it has, if you know anything about framerate and how it's achieved. Any current gen COD looks damn good for running at 60fps. If they ran it at 30fps like Battlefield, it would look stunning, just like Battlefield...
Biggest  +   1157d ago
And if it had three legs it would be a tri-pod. . . But it doesn't and isn't. CoD has looked like crap for a long time now. There is no reason to expect that to change. Just go buy it like you know you will (you people know I'm talking to you).
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1156d ago
@ Biggest

I completely disagree with you.

In NO sense does CoD look like "crap". It may be using an outdated engine but the game still looks good. Not great but good. Out of all the franchises released this gen, CoD is IMO among the top 10 best looking "franchises" this gen.

I just don't get you people. This must be your first generation gaming and you must not play many games this gen. There are by far MUCH worse looking games released this gen then CoD and I would say some that have been recently released.

CoD may not look as good as Battlefield 3, but it looks just as good as MoH if not better. It's just foolishness to say CoD looks like crap. "Crap" is a serious over-statement.
Caffo01  +   1156d ago
top 10 best looking "franchises" this gen???
maybe top 10 worst looking franchises this gen...
Ben_Grimm  +   1156d ago
@ Lvl_up_gamer

CoD looks great to me too, i mean for a game that runs 60 fps with as many options and players it looks great.

I think a lot of people here jump on the Hate Hype train and copy and paste what other posters put on here without actually playing the game themselves.
Caffo01  +   1156d ago
many players??? you do realize that it's 9 vs 9 on console right? now look at MAG... cod graphic is a little better but cannot justify the difference in number of players and maps size.
zeddy  +   1157d ago
does it also have an install to stop the pathetic amount of lag?
LOOK_AT_THIS_I  +   1157d ago
You would think with as much money they have made of this franchise they would throw some dedicated servers up to kind of help the issue or throw everyone with their dial up broadband in one region and modern broadband in another. Sick of playing with kangaroos when I have a 30meg connection they bounce around everywhere killing you cause they are leeching or downloading shit to have an advantage.
Philoctetes  +   1156d ago

Your 30 mb of bandwith has literally nothing to do with lag or lack thereof. I played online (Killzone 2, Motorstorm, BC2) for a couple of years on a 256K DSL connection and had no more lag than anybody else. Now that we've got decent broadband -- 10 up, 2 down -- I can download stuff way faster, but lag is the same.

Your ping, on the other hand, matters a lot.

Edit: Actually, the one place where bandwith matters is if somebody else in your house is downloading stuff or streaming a movie or something like that. With my old connection, anybody who so much as fired up a browser woudl turn an online game in to a lag-fest, so I'll give you that one.
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unicronic  +   1157d ago
Gameplay>Graphics ALWAYS
TekoIie  +   1157d ago
Now thats just plain silly /s :3

Its because its COD that people point out its not a graphical marvel.
HammadTheBeast  +   1157d ago
Its game play is nothing to brag about either. Ever since CoD 4 it's gone downhill. MW2 was OK, Treyarchs cod's were pretty good, not amazing, but mw3 was garbage.
MRMagoo123  +   1157d ago
Tell that to the wii u crowd that found out gameplay will be sacrificed for graphics they didnt seem to mind, plus cod games gameplay has been bad since everygame after cod4
Spenok  +   1156d ago
Thank you! Regardless of the game being discussed.
THIS is ALWAYS true.
Braid  +   1156d ago
Just to add something to your argument guys, you all seem to forget the fact that running on an older engine ensures the company that the game can be played on almost any computer hardware, laptop or desktop, regardless of how old they are.

The COD engine may not be the graphical masterpiece Frostbite 2 is, but it is a highly optimized engine, thus it can run smoothly enough on almost any computer, even on the not so new ones. That of course, enables them to reach to a wider audience on the PC paltform, widening the target market even further.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1157d ago
I'll believe it when i see it.
bubblebeam  +   1157d ago
Yes, I am also taking it with a few grains of salt.

I don't plan on getting Black Ops 2, but I think this is a step in the right direction. Is this enough to win back some of the PS3 owners who have felt neglected? Probably not, but it shows some initiative on their part.

Not really a fan of CoD, but hopefully BO2 is enjoyable for all, and hopefully those who aren't getting it are preoccupied by the many games coming out (Dishonored, AC3, Halo 4 etc.)
ziggurcat  +   1157d ago
not the first time this has happened.

BF3 had a downloadable hi-res texture pack, i believe skyrim on X360 had this as well, but i may be mistaken on that one - it might have just been a bug with installing the game to the HDD versus running it off of the disc.
supersonicjerry  +   1157d ago
Black ops has the worst net code out of all the cods he played? Has he not played MW3?
Straightupbeastly  +   1157d ago
Have u ever played black ops on ps3? It's horrible.
supersonicjerry  +   1157d ago
I only have a ps3 wish I had a 360 for other reasons. Yes, it isn't as bad as MW3. Blackops was bad compared to MW2 but to MW3 blackops is freaking smooth on ps3. If you play ground war like I use to play all the time than you will most likely get bad lobbies but MW3 is the worse so far!
grayfoxx881  +   1157d ago
I don't even know where you're getting this from. I've played Black Ops extensively on both systems and there is no difference.
aquamala  +   1157d ago
It was horrible at launch, I never had connection problems since near end of 2010
torchic  +   1157d ago
I've put +300 hours into BLOPS and I can tell you it's fine. maybe caus I bought it 6 months after it launched after patching but I never quite understood where this hate stemmed from.
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wishingW3L  +   1157d ago
they all use the same servers... PS3 and Xbox. 0_O
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SuperStrokey1123  +   1157d ago
I dont know much about networking but does servers have to do with netcode? Seriously, can someone explain that?
nukeitall  +   1156d ago

I will help you out, but you should try google next time.

The simple answer is netcode is the "code" (or better known as the program) that co-ordinates, sends and decides what happens when communicating with other players. In essence, this means for you what the rules are for when somebody is killed, damaged and in general co-ordinating what happens on the map.

The server does most of the netcode work, i.e. it decides who wins in a draw, who is hit based on information sent by the clients i.e. your console.

Keep in mind that one of the players can act as a server. CoD does this, while BF3 has a separate computer act as a server.

Many people incorrectly blame netcode for lag and etc, but in most cases netcode has the least effect especially on big games like CoD as they have been well tested. It is most likely the bad connection to the internet and lack of dedicated server.
Hufandpuf  +   1157d ago
HAHA, COD textures? what textures!?
pixelsword  +   1157d ago
Must not...


to the logic of...

Pillsbury1  +   1157d ago
He's talking about the same textures they have used since cod 4... Damn cod copy pastas.
HammadTheBeast  +   1157d ago
I make better textures in Ms paint 2001.
AO1JMM  +   1157d ago
HAHA So true
enkeixpress  +   1157d ago
This is *really* great news :)
SaffronCurse  +   1157d ago
Finally, this has been requested since World at war.
wishingW3L  +   1157d ago
but why? It doesn't do anything for the overall graphics nor performance.
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SaffronCurse  +   1157d ago
To save your BD drive.
neoMAXMLC  +   1156d ago
It could provide faster loading at least.
xboxbigbossmgs  +   1157d ago
cry for what hdd.
Lockon  +   1157d ago
I bet the graphics will look just like Xbox version. Notice how its only for the PS3 version. Treyarch think they slick :P.
SKUD  +   1157d ago
That right there is the next major project for the lens of truth site. FULL CREW ON DECK. Lolololol.
vortis  +   1157d ago
Lens of Truth must have really cleaned up on this gen's console war.

It's like shooting a zombie in a box.
taquito  +   1157d ago
"Now, before PC and Xbox 360 cry that they're getting the short end of the stick"

lol...how would pc be getting the short end of anything

dedicated servers vs garbage peer to peer

2560x1600 vs dirty 1024x600

perfect, butter smooth anti aliassing vs a mess of jaggies

hmmmm.....no.....consoles always, ALWAYS get the poopy stick end in every multiplat game!
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1157d ago

I take it you never played Dead Island on PC.
vortis  +   1157d ago
He probably hasn't played vanilla Dark Souls or Street Fighter x Tekken either on PC either.
NoFanboyRequired  +   1157d ago
He definitely hasnt played red dead redemption on pc either ;)
aquamala  +   1157d ago
I have dead island on pc, what problems do you think it has? Game looks awesome on 1080p
taquito  +   1157d ago
@mysword and vortis

dead island on pc, sure, got it for $5 on steam sale, lol...what you pay for it?? it looks and runs 40x better than it does on console

i run it in 1600p at 60 frames with 16x aa nvidia aa

on console its sub-hd, a jagged mess, runs at 15-20 frames per second often and looks miserable

you have nothing! lol....

darks souls....hmmmm....well i got the game for $23, got all the dlc you will need to pay $15 and am downsampling 4k resolution, it makes the console version look like a gameboy advance game





always, and everytime, console players get the doodoo stick on multiplats

it sucks, but hey, you want a cheap system, you get cheap looking games, they still play the same, so honestly, who cares, but the pc version of any multiplat....99.999999% of the time will utterly and totally demolish and decimate the console version.
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jetlian  +   1157d ago
pc takes more up the butt than any console. pc players pay hundreds of dollars for gpus only to save 10 dollars off new games!

Talk about steam prices being cheap yea if your willing to wait. hell I could wait for amazon too. Another thing pc players forget some are willing to pay 15 dollars a month for mmo's! Hmmmm that 3 times live plus they still have to buy the game.

Not only that you got to hope your card will work(more ways then one) you know like rage. What about multipats that hit 1-3 months later.

Anyway all 360 games can be install on the HDD to save the lens. Its not even new
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WildArmed  +   1157d ago
LMAO exactly.
It's funny.

"Now, before PC and Xbox 360 cry that they're getting the short end of the stick"

Well, I guess people didn't know but PC games run of the HDD completely -_- So OBVIOUSLY the textures are on the HDD.
blackblades  +   1157d ago
So playing to much cod wornes out the lens.
Kingnichendrix  +   1157d ago
The lens is least of your worries for me it's the hidden perk called host pro when someone has host connection and they can even pull of bullets that bend round corners and tactical enemy respawns which are always behind you
iNFAMOUZ1  +   1157d ago
cod ? who cares even with next gen graphics, who cares
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grayfoxx881  +   1157d ago
Oh, just the 11 million people who bought the first Black Ops.
SuperStrokey1123  +   1157d ago
But those people dont count here remember?
UnwanteDreamz  +   1157d ago
Make that 10,999,999. I bought the first and could give a @#$% about the second
Hazmat13  +   1157d ago
ok wait so it hd textures or better lighting? i dont get it.
ninjabake  +   1157d ago
Not like it matters. People will buy BLOPS 2 in droves with or without HD textures. I'm predicting 6 mill the 1st day and it'll more than likely outsell its predecessor as usual. Now the question really is...how long can activision keep this up? Will MW4 sell more than BLOPS2? How about BLOPS3 vs MW4? It just seems like a never ending series. Its almost like a sports game lol
DivineAssault  +   1157d ago
opps i hit disagree but i meant to agree with u for once, my bad.. Its over done but as long as ppl buy the hell out of it (like mario bros) they wont bother trying to step it up.. All this COD crap is the same as COD that launched on 360 w slight gameplay tweaks in each sequel.. Original xbox textures in high res & slightly evolved facial expressions.. Guns blazing & no type of tactical play at all.. BF is much better to me but i dont like shooters so eff em all
ninjabake  +   1157d ago
Agreed. But I have to disagree with the Mario part (somewhat) Mario doesn't put out the same game every single year. And Mario is featured in several different series/genres of games. CoD is and always will be a military shooter than sees an annual release. Super Paper Mario is nothing like Super Mario Galaxy. CoD BLOPS2 is eerily similar to MW2 or MW3. Technically different series but the games are nearly identical in terms of how you play it.

Other than that I agree with everything. Mario will always sell so will CoD but annual releases hurt stale franchises (*looks @ guitar hero and Tony Hawk).
DivineAssault  +   1157d ago
I said mario bros & meant NSMB series.. U cant tell me thats not done to death with little to no change.. I could see if online multiplayer was added & there was improved graphics engines, added characters, & alot more power ups but its the same to me.. Even the music is the same man come on..
ninjabake  +   1157d ago
You have a good point. The NSMB series has made minor tweaks since its inception in 06 and I agree some kind of online multiplayer integration would be a welcome addition. However I do think NSMBU will make enough changes to seperate itself from the Wii Version but I can't fully make that judgment until I play it myself, it looks promising tho.

But anyways my point still stands because with the exception of this year (2 NSMB games spanning 2 different consoles) the series only makes a game once every 3 years, it isn't an annual release like CoD. If that were the case then yeah, I'd say they did it to death.

I for one would love for Nintendo to either come up with a new IP or allow another game to get some attention. I love Mario as much as the next Guy but an F-Zero or a Starfox wouldn't hurt. Maybe another Metroid from Retro? Who knows all I know is Nintendo has too much talent to simply play it safe with Mario titles all the time.
mrbojingles  +   1157d ago
There was a lot of issues with BluRay lenses coincidentally going out on old PS3 fat models when Black Ops 1 released in 2010. I'm sure this has something to do with that. My PS3 wouldn't read ANY copy of Black Ops. New, used, rented, etc. Tried like 4 copies to no avail. Then I saw the 50 page help thread about the same issue on the Playstation Support forums and sold my PS3 copy for the 360 version only because I couldn't get the game to work.

Hopefully Treyarch has put measures in place to stop something like that from happening again
The_KELRaTH  +   1156d ago
It was MW2 that knocked out lots of PS3 Blu-Rays due to the constant texture loading - IQ was better but at a heavy cost to many users.

I believe the HQ textures ended up being turned off through a patch - too late for my 40Gb Fat though!
mrbojingles  +   1156d ago
I didn't know about MW2 having those issues, but I assure you at least a small group of people had similar issues with Black Ops on PS3.
The_KELRaTH  +   1155d ago
MrBojingles - with MW2 the BR drive just didn't stop and there was often loud bangs as the head hit the limit of travel. Activision said it was due to HQ texture streaming. At the time there were huge threads on Playstation forums and COD about the number of failures as well as the media.
ie http://www.callofduty.com/m...
black911  +   1157d ago
1.So what exactly does this mean?

2.Does this make the PS3 Version Superior or Just Gimped?
Getowned  +   1157d ago
1- It dosen't make it anything, it just means you can install it on your hard drive or keep it on disc. Intalling it on your hard drive would save some wear on your Bluray lenses wich is good in the long run. I wouldn't say it makes it superior, only that its a good option to have.

2- No, that dosen't make it gimped its a good thing.

I like this feature though, I wish more games had this.

Edit: It's actually pretty cool of them to worry about our machines like that XD 1+ Treyarch
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torchic  +   1157d ago
I remember how BLOPS would make my PS3 sound like a chainsaw that's constantly being switched on and off.

you're right +1 for Treyarch
supergravity  +   1157d ago
sounds good, tired of hearing it...they stream constantly b/c all COD are 360 1st, PS3 2nd.
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1157d ago
We still have a Treyarch game here, folks. They've never made a good game. Remember?
grayfoxx881  +   1157d ago
World at War was a great game, I had a blast with it on the 360. Black Ops was good too. If anything, the Modern Warfare games by Infinity Ward became stale after the first one.
UnwanteDreamz  +   1157d ago
WW SP grenade spam sucked balls.
mrbojingles  +   1156d ago
I've enjoyed a lot of their games.
llMurcielagoll  +   1157d ago
LoL just a fancy name to an optional "install game" feature.
r21  +   1157d ago
Well thats nice of them to consider for us ps3 folks. Maybe BO2 wont be like other CoD where the ps3 people get pushed over for the xbox 360 crowd.
Silly gameAr  +   1157d ago
Yeah, It seems like they're actually putting a little more effort into BO2. It's a good step.
Bathyj  +   1157d ago
Am I the only one that would rather have a Black 2 than a Black Ops 2?
UnwanteDreamz  +   1157d ago

I sometimes stare at my old copy and wonder what if.
hardcorehippiez  +   1157d ago
yea bathyj have been waiting for a black 2 for a few years now. i doubt its gonna happen tho
mrbojingles  +   1156d ago
I guess but they are from two different publishers so they really have no relation to one another other than having a color in the title.
Pillsbury1  +   1157d ago
Bout time even though I'm done with craptivision cod rehash crap.
potedude  +   1157d ago
"It's there to keep the PS3's Blu-ray lens to wear out."

Goodness me, can you at least ensure the sentences make sense?
kornbeaner  +   1157d ago
Oh no heaven forbid, a developer is able to use a standard HDD to make a game run better on a console made by a company not paying for favors. If the install is optional, why not use it to better the experience for those actually paying for the game? So tired of these stupid excuses. Either man up or shut your face and develop facebook games.
IHateYouFanboys  +   1157d ago
so many people in here completely misinterpreting the article lol.

its NOT an HD texture pack. all this does is let you install the REGULAR textures to the HDD so its not reading from the disk as much. no performance gain, no better graphics, no "superior on PS3 confirmed".

itll look exactly the same with and without the install.
The_KELRaTH  +   1156d ago
I think a better interpretation is that it will now be on par with the 360 as in previous attempts the constant texture loading would knock out PS3 Blu-rays or IQ would be lower.
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NotSoSilentBob  +   1156d ago

Just ignore IHateYouFanboys/PleaseBeSilent Bob

All he does is troll with IHateYouFanboys and since he can't post replies cause he is such a troll he made a secondary account to reply to me and everyone else. Just report him for spam and down bubble for trolling.

Help Clean N4G up ;D
mayberry  +   1157d ago
My launch ps3 is on at least 5 hours a day! I don't see the reasoning in doing this. smells fishy! .... back to Killzone 3!
sandman224  +   1157d ago
I think it's a great idea! When I play mw3 on my ps3 slim you can hear the laser reading the disc. It sounds like crap. The funny thing is that it only does it to the call of duty games. That's why I prefer playing on the 360. Because ill install the whole game and its whisper quite. If they do the same for the ps3 ill be very happy!!
black911  +   1157d ago
both versions sell the same why not. Also Next gen they sony will be #1 again so their trying to get on Sonys good graces.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1157d ago
its COD so its wasted space. Just like Money wasted 3.
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