New Battlefield 3 Details Up; DICE explains why they prefer the HDDs over Disc Streaming

GB : We have some new news from Battlefield 3 for you. Alan Kertz, who works at DICE revealed a lot of new info on the game, like he has been doing before as well.

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Hufandpuf2473d ago

HDD over PS3 blu-ray? Discuss, N4G.

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BattleTorn2473d ago (Edited 2473d ago ) cause HDD-streaming is faster than disc-streaming

egidem2472d ago

True, but there's something I don't understand.

Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2 has zero loading times (once you begin the gameplay). It only has one loading screen (Menu to gameplay).

I mean, if a cutscene starts, you can immediately skip it and instantly jump to the gameplay at the next level - without any loading screen. Surely they must be streaming the game from the disc, as it has zero installs on the HDD?? So how the hell do they do it??

a_squirrel2472d ago (Edited 2472d ago )

It's loaded during any sort of cut-scene. It also helps that the game is linear.

egidem2472d ago


I get what you mean, but here's what I'm trying to explain:

According to your statement, the game loads during any sort of cut-scene. So how did it skip from the snow directly to the sewers ready to play ? And there's no editing in the video - the game plays exactly like that!

Surely that is some pretty fast loading...and what even baffles me further is the game has no installs. It's streaming from the disc.

Bladesfist2472d ago

You do know hdd's can "act" as ram and be used to store data on fast acess parts of your hdd. So its not all loading from disc. The most important stuff will be on ram. The second most important tier will be stored on fast areas of the hdd.

egidem2472d ago


I just looked into that and looks like you just answered my question. Indeed, according to ND, they use a combination of BluRay, SPEs and HDD to do some post-processing work in the background, storing it on the HDD temporarily.

awi59512472d ago (Edited 2472d ago )

Uncharted isnt on the same scale as BF3 doesnt have as many in multiplayer and its not linear like uncharted

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MGRogue20172473d ago (Edited 2473d ago )

Dice, You can take full advantage of my PS3's HD for BF3, That's what it's there for.

Infinity Ward can do the same for MW3 as well.. but I don't see that happening 'cause Black Ops & MW2 both ran off the blu-ray disc.

Beahmscream2473d ago

This whole deal still confuses me a bit. I don't know maybe it's just me but how would this not affect frame rate?

3GenGames2473d ago (Edited 2473d ago )

The textures are rendered when they were in the buffer or will appear only as medium fallback textures until loaded. The video processor doesn't not render and wait for them if they're not there, they're just not detailed. :)

damnyouretall2473d ago

cool, we all kinda figured this though. 2 more weeks yall

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