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.