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The PS3 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 offers texture installation

The PS3 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 offers texture installation

PS3 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on the PlayStation 3 will have the option of installing a texture pack to the console’s hard drive, which will help preserve the Blu-ray drive’s life.

Designer David Vonderhaar explained to gamers on PlayStation 3 forums that “When we explained to PS3 folks that installing to the HDD wouldn’t necessarily give us any significant performance gains, they explained back that the issue is they play so much it puts constant stress on the Blu-ray drive and wears them out.”

A “non-trivial” amount of hard disc space is required to install the texture pack, according to Vonderhaar, but he didn’t disclose a particular size because Black Ops 2 is still in production and the figures may change.

For comparison’s sake, the Xbox 360 edition of Battlefield 3’s optional high-resolution texture pack installation took up 1.5GB of space. Black Ops 2 will use the same graphics regardless of whether PS3 owners choose to install them – Vonderhaar noted the game can still pre-cache textures.. A comparable option for Xbox 360 gamers wasn’t mentioned.

We’ve contacted Treyarch to get additional information, and we’ll keep you updated if we hear back.

For PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 debuts on November 13th; the Wii U version is expected to arrive later this year. A sneak peeks at the multiplayer experience may be seen here.

Some explanations from Vonderhaar have been provided by a Treyarch official. It is possible to install simply the textures to the PS3 version of Black Ops 2 in order to save on the console’s Blu-ray player. This is not a texture pack, Vonderhaar insisted. To put it another way, unlike Battlefield 3, Black Ops 2 will appear “exactly the same” whether or not PS3 owners choose to install the game’s textures.

Xbox 360 users can install the whole disc to their console’s hard drive using the standard system-level option, which reduces the amount of spinning that occurs in the optical drive.

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