I'll be intrigued to see what the difference looks like. So many of my friends have gone with HDless Xboxes due to the cost; but I always thought that it would have been a good investment. C'est la vie.
If you want ‘Battlefield 3’ to look its best on Xbox 360, be prepared for an install
Where things tend to differentiate is the fact that…well, not every Xbox 360 console has a hard drive. To get around this, Battlefield 3, out next week, theoretically comes in two modes — the no-install “standard definition” game and the “high-def” upgrade obtainable by installing a texture disc to the console.
Patrick Bach explained it all in an interview with GamerZines:
“It does make a difference, yes, absolutely. 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.”
So, if you want to play Battlefield 3 and have it look its best…well, you’d better make sure you’ve got the hard drive space.