Xbox 360 installs: Install takes 10 minutes, 30 percent load time improvements

According to GameSpot, Microsoft has told reporters that a Devil May Cry 4 hard disk installation will take around 10 minutes on the Xbox 360 and will result in around a 30 percent improvement in load times. Reduced noise is also another benefit of the new option. Although you will STILL need to have the disc in your drive!

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Wildarmsjecht3742d ago

So um...will this be an end to the useless banter of morons always nit picking the install of some ps3 games regardless of its benefits?

Probably not.

Captain Tuttle3742d ago (Edited 3742d ago )

So it's not even in the same league as the PS3's mandatory installs. The bigger issue is the small size of the 360's hard drive and the outrageous cost to upgrade.

crck3742d ago (Edited 3742d ago )

Mostly just some kids like Bladestar trying to make noise. I still love his argument that the 360 hard drive is proprietary technology and is more secure then a PS3 hard drive that's why it costs so much more. But a "ps3" 250 gb hard drive can be had for $75 now. A 320 gb hard drive for $100 shipped at Newegg. Its really a non-issue for most.

Wildarmsjecht3742d ago

Yes, its optional, but if this is a way for MS to allow bigger games to fit on their DVD, then some might actually have to be mandatory, in which case the point I brought up at first applies. It's all speculative however, and only time will tell.


Yes, Very few PS3 owners had an issue with it is what Im assuming as well.

gaffyh3742d ago

At the moment MS is saying these installs are optional, but if they become mandatory I will not be happy cos I've only got ~7gb left on my 360s HDD.

On my PS3 though I actually don't mind installs, cos I've got a lot of space available on my 60gb (I think about 20gb left).

CaptainHowdy3742d ago

Dynasty Warriors 6
Genji: Days of Blade
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
Ridge Racer 7
Time Crisis 4

for the exception of NG they're all crap, but still...not ALL are mandatory. But you wait, their will be be hypocrisy

Ghoul3742d ago

well said, i for myself never minded the installs. i just cant take it how every game got basehd for a bloody 10-20 minute install (mostly under 10) but now its a smart move by ms to do the same.

sure it was a smart move i totally agree on that, installs forloadtimes horray, but it wasnt bad on the ps3 before either, installs for load times horray.


Install is pointless who cares about load times it only takes up alot of space keep instals for the PC.

JustinSaneV23742d ago


And how old are those games?

StayHigh3742d ago

Of course its optional because Microsoft cant make it mandatory since they will screw the core owners..

whoelse3742d ago

Does this mean then its not so much a problem to have multiple DVDs because you can instal the whole game anyway...

twininfinitysol3742d ago

If you're installing the whole game...and it has multiple dvds...that's a LOT of hard drive space.

SeNiLe9113742d ago

is less time then a PS3 to copy only part of a game. It's mandatory for the PS3 on some games but not on the Xbox 360. The benefit for installing the game on the HDD for the 360 is no disk spin making it a whole lot quieter while playing a game (most of the time I don't here the drive anyway with bullets fling past my head) and less wear and tear on the drive with the many hours of playing a game. For the PS3, the Blu-Ray drive still spins durn a game since not all the info is on the drive.

Homicide3742d ago

Oh great. If I want to play a game on the 360 and make it silent, I have to install the game. I'll run out of space quick and need to waste money on an overpriced hard drive. Thanks MS.

xhairs93742d ago

What's your point? So the disc spins in the PS3, #1 it doesn't make noise such as a jet engine. #2 I've yet to hear of someones Blu-Ray drive falling apart due to too much disc spinning. #3 it DOESN'T take less time. In fact it's most likely the same. DMC = 10 mins ps3/360, what's your point? I'll tell you my point flat out -- your post is a joke.

AAACE53742d ago

I don't think I complained on here, but yeah! I guess it's enevitable. The main reason I don't like the Idea of installs, is because it feels like dealing with computer games. When I did try playing computer games I would install them, and by the time they were done... I didn't want to play it anymore!

I know right now it's optional, but if developers start focusing on that, we may all end up waiting 30 minutes for a game to load. Or maybe i'm just paranoid?

BardockS30Z3742d ago

Don't forget Unreal Tourney 3 for ps3

Super-Brad3742d ago (Edited 3742d ago )

the only reason xbox installs faster because it reads dvds faster whereas ps3 has only 2x read speed therefore ps3's needs to install to speed up but not all the time, while xbox don't but to install a whole game will be quicker by near double the speed simple math really.

END off.

jlemdon3741d ago

yeah just like how ps3 fanboys talk about how noisy the Hard drive is huh?

xhairs93741d ago

Well it is, what do you want them to say? No, it's so silent you can hear a pin drop? That, would be lying.

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ry-guy3742d ago (Edited 3742d ago )

If all it takes is a disc in the drive to reduce load times and fan sounds, I am all for it. I don't know why people are complaining about still requiring to put the disc in for authentication.

Tempist3742d ago

It's the fact that many people had heavily criticized the PS3 for requiring some games to install on the drive to... alleviate load times (unfortunately inherent in the Blu-ray drive given it's first gen and there's a HUGE amount of data to be read.)

As well there were many naysayers about the 360 requiring installation ever.

ThaGeNeCySt3742d ago

But you're missing your own point... it's still not required on the 360 nor is it mandatory. Much like some PS3 games, 360 installs will be completely optional. I won't waste my time doing it but I know others will

GarandShooter3742d ago

The 'option' to install to HDD may be in the hands of the developers, not the gamers.

xhairs93742d ago

You're missing his point, it's the fact that it's not a waste of time at all. Many 360 owners claimed it was, and now that it's stated to be beneficial all these 360 owners are now claiming this a gift from the Game God. Optional or not it's beneficial and not a waste of time and you only have to do it once.

ThaGeNeCySt3742d ago

it's a waste of my time, I only have a 20gb hard drive... no way am I going to play musical chairs to pick one game to put on that LOL

xhairs93741d ago

You shouldn't have bought a 360 then. 120gb is more than enough room for me to just download/install anything I see.

ThaGeNeCySt3741d ago

I shouldn't have bought a 360? lol because I don't want to put full installs on a 20gb harddrive? That's hilarious...

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Aquanox3742d ago

Considering we won't need to use it in 95% of the games, it will still be a welcome option (key word: OPTION) for games that do require it. For what I've seen, the first candidates could be Fallout 3 and the sequel of Mass Effect. No more long loading times for heavily loaded games. Texture pop-up will be dramatically improved too.

Aquanox3742d ago

Devil May Cry, which installation takes 10 minutes on the Xbox 360 beta tests, takes around 22 minutes on the Playstation 3 according to this article (among others)

Bill Gates3742d ago

Great now the BABOONS are also starting to COPY another one of sony's strategies by having game installs to improve the gameplay by having LESS load times.....AHHAHHAHHAHA

Before they were all like " installs are lame", and now it's "awesome"......POOR hypocrite BABOONS.....AHHAHAHHAHHHA

power of Green 3742d ago

The PS3 fans are not comprehending what is being offered they are confusing MSFT's optional installs for reducing noise and increasing load times with the PS3 having to use the HDD to allow the games to run on par with the 360 also increasing PS3 load times where they are acceptable for a console.

The difference is the 360 will allow installs as a universal system software option and the PS3 forces you to install parts of some games so it runs properly and in a timely fashion.

360 games are going to even run better than they already do compared to the PS3.

People making fun of PS3 having to install or else the game can not run or will be so slow it will piss gamers off is no excuse to bash this new system feature. lol

themyk3742d ago

b b b b but i thought game installs were gay. and the great thing about consoles is how you can just put the game in and play.

nnnnnnn no installs aren't the thing of the future.

b b b b but home sucks.

b b b b but trophies are so stupid.

360 = installs, home lite, and metals, not to mention mii's.

super lame.
you have no shame.

in one week the 360 went from the "hardcore" system, to the system that was soooo dated that it had to copy everything good about the other two systems.

pathetic. unimaginative.

Pain3742d ago (Edited 3742d ago )

Install games to keep parts and what not from Over heating so CrapBox 2 might not RROD.

with this said.. Please stop saying teh Xbox 2 is Not a PC since its Installs = PC and not the same as the Held back cuz of Xbox 2 dvd Install for PS3's...

oh and @ the Moron Xbots below taking about FF...u Brain Dead Hypocrite crack babies are way funny with FF...
.....Firsts Its FF is JPRPG it BLOWS WRPG>>>JP Anyday ...sound familer???
...oh...but its on teh~xbox 2 its KOOLZ againz..... u xbot kids are funny and i mean that in the Special ed way.

why do droids cry3742d ago

' b b b but'

stop stuttering droid. these are optional not mandatory like the ps3

zapass3742d ago

so HDD installs are kewl now?
xbots = shameless FLIP FLOPPERS
AquaBOLLOX = the most hypocritical hippo of N4G

why do droids cry3742d ago

that a very good self portrait their. trophy unlocked= sad little boy

zapass3742d ago

did you mean 'there' kiddy kiddy?
[email protected]

trophies, medals and all that blingbling are for you under-confident over-achievers. gamers like me play for something called fun.

since you failed to achieve this time, you will not have any candy :(

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hay3742d ago (Edited 3742d ago )

Soooo.... Where's the topic with "What can you do during DMC4 install" like it was with certain other titles?

CyberSentinel3742d ago (Edited 3742d ago )

....This is step towards solving the "Multi-Disc" issue.

FFXIII should be no problem with this update, among OTHER massive data titles.

@those that disagree, denial is NOT prevention against the inevitable.

@2.2: Your point being?

@5: So true. Bubbles my friend.

@2.3: Exactly My friend. Bubbles for you, as always.

@17: How would you know what single life is like for a ps3 owner, your married, are you not? - you do win the funniest post award though. Lol.

InfamouspS33742d ago


Harry1903742d ago

We don't know anything about how the game will be yet. Have you even read what they said about installs?

Bladestar3742d ago

who said xbox fans didn't care about final fantasy? ohh and installs... there is a big difference between PS3 installs and xbox 360... first they are not installs... they are rips... moving DVD files from the disc to a hard drive and playing it from there.... PS3 installs the game... and partially play some of the files from the hard drive and most of it from the blu-ray disc... on the PS3 this ability must be implemented by the developer and i a) not optional or b) non existent.

on the xbox 360 you can do this with your old games... ALL GAMES ARE SUPPORTED AND OPTIONAL.... also, on the PS3 this is a workaround to make the games playable do to blu-ray reading speed... so developer use different technique to match the loading to the xbox 360 versions... which is why games like DMC, GTA4 require installs on the pS3 and not on the xbox 360 though they have similar loading... now add the 30% the xbox rip introduce and you have multiplayer games running 30% faster than the PS3 games... even with PS3 installs... now that's a good thing... I do not want installs if they will not do $h!t... why do you think they are mandatory on the PS3? because the game without them would not be playable... that's why xbox 360 gamers are ok with this new OPTIONAL FEATURE...

themyk3742d ago

hey bladestar so what your saying is they finally didn't copy EVERY thing from sony.

would you like to explain the difference between metals and trophies.

or home and home lite

or the new dashboard and the xmb

or lips

or anything else they have been releasing the last week.

it must be nice to be completely brainwashed.

ravinshield3742d ago

first of all FONY copied the trophies from microsoft cuz before you unlock an achievement their is a little picture of a trophy with a lock.

next is the avatars, only cuz FONY announced it first doesnt mean they invented it. Maybe microsoft had it in development way back but they dont like to announce things that will never come out like HOME. anyways the fall update will come out way before the DELAYED home.

the in-game xmb was in the 360 since launch unlike the ps3 which FONY ripped off.

and LIPS is way better than that singstar crap. and its not copying anyways cuz only because their is one singing game ur saying no one else can make more singing games.HERE is an example for u. 2K makes basketball games and so does FONY so u see.

power of Green 3742d ago

Talking about *JOKE *I find it funny PS3 fanboys are trolling 360 news like their lives depend on it, go check out PS3 news there doesn't seem to be anybody interested in it.

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