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Battlefield 4 Has 12GB of Recommended Optional Installs

Time to get cleaning that hard drive.

By Pete Davison. Published 6 months ago

Are you planning to play Battlefield 4 on your Xbox 360? Then you'll probably want to start clearing a bit of hard drive space.

A new help file from EA explains that the 360 version of the upcoming military shooter will come with two separate discs: one for multiplayer, the other for single player. Regardless of whichever one you choose to boot up first, you'll be prompted to perform a mandatory install of 2GB of data and then given the option to install additional content for better performance. The multiplayer disc -- perhaps tellingly referred to as "disc 1" -- has 6.6GB of additional content, while the single player "disc 2" has an additional 5.8GB of data. EA recommends you install all of the additional data to have "the best experience possible" from the game.

The situation somewhat mirrors that seen when Battlefield 3 came out; there, the PlayStation 3 version forced a complete install from the single Blu-Ray disc, while the Xbox 360 version had to make it optional in order to cater to those who did not have big enough hard drives. Battlefield 3 featured an optional installable "HD Texture Pack" that made a huge difference to the game's visuals -- executive producer Patrick Bach referred to the difference at the time as being like the disparity between playing high-definition and standard-definition versions of the game.

Digital Foundry's analysis of the recent Xbox 360 beta.

Our friends at Digital Foundry ran a comparison of the different versions of the recent Battlefield 4 beta and found that the Xbox 360 version, while enjoying a small performance advantage over the PS3 version, featured noticeably worse visuals, particularly on the texture front, with texture pop-in particularly apparent in a number of places. The PC version, meanwhile, not only looked better but also included considerably more in the way of level furniture and additional detail -- not only did this make environments look more realistic, it also provided considerably more tactical options to players. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions were not available to test, but it's reasonable to assume they will be closer in execution to the PC version, since the game has primarily been built with next-gen systems in mind.

The lesson from all this, then? If you're sticking with current-gen, be prepared to sacrifice a big chunk of hard drive space, but if you want the best possible experience from the upcoming shooter, it's time to either invest in a next-gen console or a decent PC gaming rig.

The best community comments so far 2 comments

  • metalangel 6 months ago

    Let's not forget how huge the 'updates' for BF3 were, thanks to EA's policy of including all the DLC in them. Yes, you can just push BUY and immediately have the new stuff, but I can't really see any of it in game until then so stop clogging up my hard drive with junk!

    When my friend and I wanted to return to the game after a few months we faced several gigs of downloads and just decided not to bother. Some folks still have their 20Gb hard drives from the early days of the 360 and given some of that will be taken up by the 360's own software I wonder if you'd have room for anything else with a fully 'patched' copy of BF3?

  • Spazgadget 6 months ago

    I don't see mandatory installs as a huge problem (at least they don't bother me) but I'm a bit confused - is there not a mandatory install for the PS3 version? I didn't see it mentioned in any articles on this issue.

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