Those who purchase the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII come March 9th, won’t be able to install the game should they have bought the arcade version of Microsofts console.
For those who don’t already know, installing a 360 title is different than doing the same on PS3. While PS3 titles only require a portion of the game to be installed to the systems accompanying hard drive, with a 360 game you install the full sum of data on the disk and are still required to have the aforementioned disk in the console during play.
Final Fantasy XIII has three discs. That means all three can be installed, but no matter what route you go, you’ll need to swap discs in and out of the console.
While the operation is supposed to reduce loading in game, its been widely reported since the features debut that it actually has no noticable effect on most games. Regardless, its likely many will still take the chance.
The problem is, where there’s discs there’s data and FFXIII is a big game. As we mentioned above, committing to an install won’t be an option for owners of the Xbox 360 Arcade. We do the math below.
- Disc 1: 5.9GB
- Disc 2: 5.8GB
- Disc 3: 6.6GB
Added up that brings us to a total of 18.3GB’s folks. The reason that Arcade owners can’t install the game on there 20GB hard drives is because all HDD (PS3 icluded) actually reserve approximately 6GB of space for caching, backwards-compatibility and other game elements leaving you with roughly 14GB to play with. Don’t feel slghted though. PS3 owners can’t install the game at all.
Source: Final Fantasy 13 (XIII), Whopping 18.3GB Install for Xbox 360 (Ve3tro)
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