DICE and Battlefield 3 producer Patrick Bach recently discussed the limitations of consoles, particularly the Xbox 360, with IndustryGamers, noting the need to put the highly anticipated shooter on two discs. According to new reports, Xbox 360 players who want to experience Battlefield 3 at its best will need to install the second disc onto their hard drives - something that not all 360 owners have.
"There's nothing magic about it," Bach said when asked about the matter by GamerZines. "It's the same thing we do for PC and PS3, so there's nothing extra."
"I think the controversy about this is that we actually let you do it on 360 for once. So what it does is it gives you the same abilities, kind of, as the PC and PS3. You can actually stream information from the hard drive."
Bach explained that "it's not a new idea for the gaming industry as a whole," noting that it does make a difference to the visuals as "the whole engine is based around streaming textures, streaming terrain and a lot of other content."
"The thing with the 360 is that you need to be able to give consumers a game where you don't have to install it on a hard drive, because there are 360s without a hard drive. So we need to give you the option of installing it, rather than just demanding it. You could call it a 'standard-def' version for the 360 if you don't have a hard-drive."
Bach could not comment on how much space would be required for the install, but stressed that visual fidelity wasn't something the developer wanted to take away from 360 players.
Battlefield 3 is out October 25 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.