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modeps
11-19-2008, 10:56 AM
http://sochl.com/resources/images/evav/halo3.jpg

Prior to the release of the NXE, several sites around the Interweb did some load time comparisons of games which ran off the DVD vs those that ran off the hard drive. Most game loaded quicker, but a common thread was that Halo 3 actually loaded slower. Today, Bungie (http://www.bungie.net/News/content.aspx?type=news&cid=16252) has officially announced that indeed, it loads slower.

The “New Xbox Experience” was released today and one of the new features allows you to “install” your games to the HDD. While you still have to keep the original disc in the tray, installing to the HDD can make some games perform a little better while also putting a little less wear-and-tear on your DVD drive. However, this isn’t to say that ALL games will see optimizations from being installed. In fact, in the case of Halo 3, the game will actually see increased loading times. Several websites have reported the results of tests to gauge how some games perform after being installed to the HDD for Halo 3 and their tests indicate that in some cases, the load times are significantly longer. Our own internal investigations have yielded similar results.

Be sure to click the link to catch the entire overly detailed explanation.

LilAbner
11-19-2008, 11:00 AM
I don't have a problem with the load times of most 360 games. Therefore, this feature is pretty useless...especially since I still have to have the disc in the try to play the game.

Isamura
11-19-2008, 11:16 AM
anybody have a link to the website which shows which games perform faster?

bto
11-19-2008, 11:23 AM
Here ya go. (http://www.bingegamer.net/2008/so-how-much-time-are-you-saving-xbox-360-nxe-hard-drive-install-chart/)

Some games, according to the table, aren't even compatible.

Johan
11-19-2008, 11:35 AM
Here ya go. (http://www.bingegamer.net/2008/so-how-much-time-are-you-saving-xbox-360-nxe-hard-drive-install-chart/)

That's a good link; thanks for that!

Isamura
11-19-2008, 11:55 AM
Here ya go. (http://www.bingegamer.net/2008/so-how-much-time-are-you-saving-xbox-360-nxe-hard-drive-install-chart/)

Some games, according to the table, aren't even compatible.

Thanks! ytmnd (too short)

grognard66
11-19-2008, 01:11 PM
Here ya go. (http://www.bingegamer.net/2008/so-how-much-time-are-you-saving-xbox-360-nxe-hard-drive-install-chart/)

Some games, according to the table, aren't even compatible.

Thanks for the link. Words can't express how disappointed I am that Big Bumpin' doesn't support HDD installs though. ;)

Kind of embarrassing for MS that their marquee franchise actually loads slower. Not a big deal, but bad for appearances sake anyway.

modeps
11-19-2008, 01:18 PM
Kind of embarrassing for MS that their marquee franchise actually loads slower. Not a big deal, but bad for appearances sake anyway.

Not really sad, the game was optimized to be played using what the console had at the time it was made.

jacob.armitage
11-19-2008, 01:26 PM
I'm surprised that they even allow older games to work with this feature, i'm sure the main purpose of it is for up and coming games.

donkeydrop
11-19-2008, 02:02 PM
I don't have a problem with the load times of most 360 games. Therefore, this feature is pretty useless...especially since I still have to have the disc in the try to play the game.

Useless? ... what about your 360 not sounding like jet engine? The biggest reason to install is noise reduction.

ascl
11-19-2008, 03:45 PM
Fable 2 plays like it was supposed to be installed... all in all I am pretty happy with the install option, although it does mean I'll need a bigger disk.

solaris389
11-19-2008, 03:47 PM
Useless? ... what about your 360 not sounding like jet engine? The biggest reason to install is noise reduction.

The drive I have on my new 60 gig is barely noticeable from 5 feet away. If you have a older system with the Rolls-Royce RB211 drive though, it would be a good option to have.

GraveMatter
11-19-2008, 03:49 PM
Useless? ... what about your 360 not sounding like jet engine? The biggest reason to install is noise reduction.

This is exactly the reason why this feature is like a miracle for me. My 360 sits about 2 feet from my left ear and I swear I've gone partially deaf in that ear from the 360 drive noise......

NuK
11-19-2008, 03:59 PM
my dvd rom is really flakey, causing my xbox to crash every 30-60 minutes, I'm hoping that this will be the fix i've been waiting for! Too bad i have a 20gb drive and can only install one game at a time *sigh*. Still, beats losing my progress in games whenever it tries to spin up a disk.

ElectricMonk
11-19-2008, 04:13 PM
since all games have to work without the utility partition in existence anyway (to support hd-less 360's) they should be able to just not report this feature as exising when you run a game from the hd.