RAGE for Xbox 360 install size – alarm bells for Xbox 720 / PS4

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If you plan on installing RAGE to your Xbox 360′s hard drive when it arrives in early October we have some important news for you, it looks like the game will be spread across 3 discs, which means that it will take up a fair chunk of your HDD space.

According to this article it has been confirmed by id Software’s John Carmack that the game will not offer any form of partial install option, therefore you either play it straight from the disc, or install the game locally in full. Installing the game in full will utilize between 21 and 22GB of your 360′s free space. Below you can see the exact quotes which revealed this news.

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“On the 360 we don’t have a partial install option; it’s all or nothing, which is kind of unfortunate,” and added “It means you have to install 21/22GB of stuff which takes a long time but if you’ve got it and you play it on the 360 that’s the way to go.”

As you will probably know this will be a long process, however if you choose to install the game you should experience better performance because a hard disk drive has much faster access times than a DVD, let’s just hope you don’t own the 4GB or 20GB models! Unlike L.A. Noire you will not be able to delete one disk at a time, this means that it may also cause headaches to those of you who have 60GB models if you have plenty of games / DLC already installed.

Previously John Carmack has revealed that an uncompressed software build of RAGE was a terabyte in size, the fact that compression methods have managed to shrink this down to 22GB is very impressive, we just wonder how expansive the game will be. We remember when Final Fantasy VII was spread across three discs for the original PlayStation, depending on how you played the game you could easily spend in excess of 100 hours playing it, even experienced RPG gamers would struggle to complete it in less than 50 hours. Could RAGE actually be a game which gets you thinking rather than run’n’gun?

We think that the fact that some of today’s top-end games require 20GB of hard drive space suggests that next-gen consoles will need to exceed what today’s current consoles offer in terms of local storage, 250GB will not be enough in our opinion, what do you think?

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  • Stef Man

    I think they should be 400 – 500gb with attachable hard drives that one can buy to increase the consoles memory. Should also be able to upgrade them like you can a PC.

    • John

      You can already do this for the PS3 mate – I’ve got a 750GB in my PS3

  • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

    @google-d3f857f157f2fd0b9f50563afd1e0d4d:disqus  — You can upgrade PS3 like a PC in terms of Hard Drive space.

    They will use whatever size is the best bang for the buck as to not expand the cost of the system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500684400 Sheldon Prescott

    Hmm. Somewhere between 250-500GB she be fine. I have 250GB right now, and it’s taking me FOREVER to fill that thing up. I install all my games too. I have DLC, songs, etc, & still haven’t gone lower than 130GB available.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Miguel-Rodriguez/100001094919342 Miguel Rodriguez

    i was going to buy Rage for the ps3 but now that i know the xbox version only is 2 disk i won’t mind switching disk around if it was 3 disk then i’ll buy the ps3 version.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheUndertaker85 John Bossert

      “If you plan on installing RAGE to your Xbox 360′s hard drive when it
      arrives in early October we have some important news for you, it looks
      like the game will be spread across 3 discs, which means that it will
      take up a fair chunk of your HDD space.”

      It’s uh… The first paragraph? Says three discs, not two. Would make sense anyway. Xbox discs handle between seven and ten gigs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheUndertaker85 John Bossert

      “If you plan on installing RAGE to your Xbox 360′s hard drive when it
      arrives in early October we have some important news for you, it looks
      like the game will be spread across 3 discs, which means that it will
      take up a fair chunk of your HDD space.”

      It’s uh… The first paragraph? Says three discs, not two. Would make sense anyway. Xbox discs handle between seven and ten gigs.

    • Anonymous

      The article said it was 3 discs and if you decide to install to the hard drive you will have to install all 3 discs.

    • Anonymous

      The article said it was 3 discs and if you decide to install to the hard drive you will have to install all 3 discs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573658014 Greg Morrison

    What’s stopping someone from playing disc1 on HDD, and then removing it and installing disc 2 when they get up to that…oh thats right nothing…dear lord….people dont think.

    As for next gen, they just need faster transfer speeds than DVD or BR 2x gives.

  • Rjeff74

    What’s stopping someone from playing disc1 on HDD, and then removing it and installing disc 2 when they get up to that…oh thats right nothing…dear lord….people dont think.

    The fact that you can’t do a partial install is stopping you.

  • John

    Well thats what they get for having a below-par and completely outdated system! Wankers

  • Dave Nufc

    Next gen consoles need at least 1TB HDD due to the fact that people will want them to be relevant at for at least 5 years AFTER their release. No point in 500gb HDD consoles if they are going to be out of date a year or two into their life span, just look at the 20gb ‘pro’ xbox 360 at launch.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s just equip the next-gen consoles with 6x or 8x Blu-ray drives…that’s between 200 and 300 megabits/sec…twice as fast as a DVD and should be more than enough speed if the consoles come with 2-4GB of RAM.

  • Vanlyn_t

    Some smart folks here!

    Storage capacity for game installs shouldn’t be a focus for next-gen.  Increased capacity, from what I read, has more to do with space for other digital storage – game install doesn’t appear to be the primary drive for greater storage capacity.

    Next-gen?  What truly separates it from this gen?  Better graphics…maybe, but probably not as great as the jump was to current HD consoles (which still haven’t been totally taken advantage of i.e. lack of 1080i or p games).  Is next gen integrated motion / sensor control?  Well, isn’t that this gen still?

    I would be sold on next gen if storage was Solid State Drives.  I’ve been hearing for years that they’re closer than you think…but I still don’t have one on my gaming PC.  Next gen, to me, of course would be prettier graphics and truly HD gaming (I’m still not sold on 3D), but implementing “new” technology that has massive potential on the gaming experience would be drastically improved transfer rates.   Will it happen?  Nope, of that I’m pretty confident.  Maybe that’s why I’m not all that excited about next gen…yet.

  • Vanlyn_t

    Some smart folks here!

    Storage capacity for game installs shouldn’t be a focus for next-gen.  Increased capacity, from what I read, has more to do with space for other digital storage – game install doesn’t appear to be the primary drive for greater storage capacity.

    Next-gen?  What truly separates it from this gen?  Better graphics…maybe, but probably not as great as the jump was to current HD consoles (which still haven’t been totally taken advantage of i.e. lack of 1080i or p games).  Is next gen integrated motion / sensor control?  Well, isn’t that this gen still?

    I would be sold on next gen if storage was Solid State Drives.  I’ve been hearing for years that they’re closer than you think…but I still don’t have one on my gaming PC.  Next gen, to me, of course would be prettier graphics and truly HD gaming (I’m still not sold on 3D), but implementing “new” technology that has massive potential on the gaming experience would be drastically improved transfer rates.   Will it happen?  Nope, of that I’m pretty confident.  Maybe that’s why I’m not all that excited about next gen…yet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VMT23AGTZ2JIVLUQATEZCFC6AI Rage of Achilles

    Next Gen Consoles had better be solid state.

  • guest

    who ever didn’t vote for solid state drives obviusly didn’t watch Carmack’s quakecon speech about HDD’s and optical disks not having fast enough read times to run even alpha builds of Rage and that they had to sacrifice much of its content to meat the ancient specs of consoles. Solid state drives will be as cheap as disks gig per gig within 3 years. 

    • Anonymous

      Seriously! I’m ready to blow 1k on a 480GB SATA III SSD if it will allow me to play the latest and greatest games, but i know it wont. This is why i preordered BF3 for my PC rather then my PS3 or XBOX 360. I don’t want beautifully built games to run like crap off of a $25 laptop hard drive, which MS charges $120 for, BTW. That drive is more suitable for garbage like the console version of Black Ops, which I put on ebay soon after buying. Campaign was ok, but multiplayer is terrible. 

      All the nicer games I will get strictly for my PC. My desktop runs 2x 120GB Corsair Force GT 3 SSD’s a beefy CPU and GPU.