FFXIII 360 Install: The Battle Within (your HDD) Begins

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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  1. #1 by Alex on 25/02/2010 - 07:09

    This is slightly misleading. You CAN install the game if you have an Arcade. You just have to install one disc at a time. Most people tend to do this if they focus on one game at a time.

    Once you get to the second disc then you delete the install of the first disc and so on. That’s how I’m going to do it anyway.

    • #2 by Ronald Taylor on 25/02/2010 - 21:03

      As I pointed out in the article, 360 installs don’t make much of a difference.

      Your a rarity indeed if you’d go to all that trouble installing and deleting.

  2. #3 by Alex on 25/02/2010 - 21:26

    It’s not so much of a speed issue as it is a noise/heat issue. Not having the cd drive spinning up means less heat and, to a lot of people, less noise.

    Besides, I don’t use my hdd for much anyway.

    • #4 by Ronald Taylor on 25/02/2010 - 23:52

      Your worried about disc speed and console temperature? Is THIS what 360 owners put up with?

      And I thought Sony was doing a bad job…

      • #5 by Alex on 26/02/2010 - 01:31

        Some 360s apparently sound like freight trains when spinning the cd. Also some theorize that the less the drive is in constant use, the less chance they have for an RRoD. Since the RRoD is usually caused by overheating, that’s why they worry about temperature.

        Personally, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Some just do it to put their minds at ease. And in some games, installing to the drive causes a notable decrease in load times. SOME games, not all.

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