Xbox 360 Installs: Will they Become Mandatory?

Installs have been confirmed as coming to the Xbox360. Will this mean mandatory installs in the future? Some gamers see this as a move to just that.

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Silogon5819d ago

Nope, xbox 720 will be out by then. Well, if Sony allows them blu-ray access. <j/k

Fox015819d ago

No. Because of the Core and the Arcade users.

tplarkin75819d ago

Also, the DVD drive spins much faster than the 1x BluRay drive which is why many PS3 games require HD installs.

crck5819d ago

But the installs better not be mandatory. Not at the prices MS charges for hard drive upgrades. I never plan to upgrade my 360 hard drive. Just delete demos after I try them and space for game saves, nothing more.

GodsHand5819d ago

Blu-ray drive 1x = 36Mbps/s
Dvd-rom drive 1x = 1353 kb/s
Cd-rom drive 1x = 150 kb/s

Multiply that by the speed of the drive and you get what your read speeds.

With that said, just because a drive is slower does not mean it reads slower.

Varsarus5819d ago

The PS3's blu-ray drive is only slightly faster than the 360's DVD drive, it does seem that DVD does read from the outside faster, but that rarely happens...

but to simplify this, the install's are because developers have not yet taken advantage of blu-ray technology, and they have been doing these install's ever since the PS3 came out, they should go away in the future.

JsonHenry5819d ago

Better get used to installs. because the next generation of systems will surely have installs.

As a PC gamer through and through, I really don't understand why anyone makes a fuss about installs. They improve performance in game and help shorten load times.

Capt CHAOS5819d ago

Average data transfers speeds of DVD on the 360 are faster than the bluray on the PS3, hence the required installs on the PS3 for some games.

Monchichi0255819d ago

Of course not. This topic was just put up to get hits and start a flaimWar!

meepmoopmeep5819d ago

well, it becomes mandatory, i feel sorry for Core/Arcade owners.

gaffyh5819d ago

@Capt Chaos - How many times do people have to say this...DVDs read faster on the outside of the disc and slower on the inside of the disc. Blu-Ray has a constant read speed on all areas of the disc meaning overall it is faster than a DVD.

The reason PS3 games require installs is because the games are much larger in size (upto 25gb and above), whereas DVD9 is only 7.5GB (cos of 360s layer break limitation). Also the install is used either due to bad coding on the game (i.e. 360 -> PS3 ports), or to reduce load times in game (e.g. MGS4). Some games that have been coded very well don't need an install e.g. Burnout Paradise.

GVON5819d ago (Edited 5819d ago )

You have to look at a disk in thirds the outer. middle, inner.

The 360 uses duel layer DVD9, but are capped at 7.75gb, the reason is that the 360 reads the inner portion so slowly that it's not viable for games, it reads the outer layer a little bit faster than ps3, the middle is slower than ps3, and like I said the inner is to slow for gaming.

Another difference is that the blu-drive in the ps3 has a constant read speed over all the disk, as the ps3 was designed to use a constant data stream to feed the cell, this means that developers have a full 50gb to play with, and in the future could mean no installs as is the case with uncharted.

Now what I think msoft will do is now allow developers to use the inner portion and compress the hell out of it and then have that section of the disk install to the 360's hdd allowing developers a few extra gb of breathing room, I wouldn't be surprised in the next year or so to see a 3gb part of the hdd locked for this purpose with the possibility of installing before every game that needs it.

It's a big call to say that but one I think would benefit the developers for 360 letting them include more content to their games, because a few games have been restricted to the small disk space, most vocal about this was rockstar, who even hinted that GTA5 might not even be possible on 360 unless something was done about it, this could be that something.

I'm expecting plenty of disagrees but I'm just saying that it could be a good thing for the 360.

Wildarmsjecht5819d ago

No disagrees here. That was well written and with valid points. Bubs+

tplarkin75819d ago

I was wrong about the 1x BluRay, but correct on the speed advantage of the 360. However, here's a quote from ars technica:

"Admittedly, Blu-Ray looks dicey from several non-capacity angles. Blu-Ray movies require a 1.5x Blu-Ray drive, or 54Mbits/second. Sony announced that PS3 uses a 2x BD drive, which is 72Mbits/second or 9MB/second. The Xbox 360 uses a 12x DVD, which should give it about 16MB/second. That is significantly faster for games and will result in shorter load times. And that 12x DVD drive should be a whole lot cheaper. (Note that the PS3 drive will do 8x DVD, and even that is faster than 2x BD.)"


IdleLeeSiuLung5819d ago

This will most likely not happen, mandatory installs. Simply as Fox01 was saying, because of Core & Arcade users. Unless they start giving away free hard drives.

Fact is, developers have been fine with the 360 so far, so why need more space in the future? I think that larger disc space at this point is just an incremental change in graphics quality (cut scenes and larger textures). Do you really care that much? If developers really cared, they would optimize it further.

It's kind of the same issue as the PS3, not large enough graphics memory to hold all the textures (256MB) and developers figured a way around it. Developers just have to weigh the gain against the cost.

GVON5819d ago (Edited 5819d ago )

those speeds are correct but they are based on single layer dvd at x12, the actual x speed of the duel layer dvd 9 (used by all the games)is x8.

also remember that the read rate stated is at it's peak. Because it's not constant it fluctuates quite a bit, unlike the blu-drive which reads at the same speed no matter were it's getting data from.

I'm starting to sound like a fanboy so I will stop now but check this thread out for any issues you have with speeds from either machine.


AceLuby5818d ago

"The Xbox 360 uses a 12x DVD, which should give it about 16MB/second. "


However, that theoretical max is never reached and a more accurate representation would be to take the average over the whole of the disc. When you do that BR is faster.

Only fanboys think 2x BR is ALWAYS slower than DVD9

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Malacath5819d ago

MS wouldn't allow installs to become mandatory for the simple fact that they would piss off casual gamers who own the arcade or the core console.

solidt125819d ago

F%^k casual Gamers. Go play Yatzee.

Mc Fadge5819d ago

I could see them doing it in the future. They've abandoned users before, and I wouldn't put it past them to do it again. They've already abandoned the Core user with there approach on Digital Distribution, at least I think so. Not only that, but there backing of HD DVD, and then claiming they were backing DD all along :<

tplarkin75819d ago

Sony and Nintendo are the ones that "abandon" their fans.

Kyur4ThePain5819d ago

Why have both your comments been about the other console makers?
Can't you address the problem/question at hand?

On Topic:
I wouldn't put it past them...touting the benefits of installs while make a pretty penny on the side from HDD sales.

Mc Fadge5819d ago

I don't feel abandoned by Sony at all :/

I wonder who the other diagree-er is, I thought my comment made sense :/

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InMyOpinion5819d ago

I'd rather have Mandatory Suicide...by Slayer...on my soundtrack for Burnout Paradise =)

chanto235819d ago

with games getting better and more complex every year it seems logical they will force mandatory installs...