Battlefield 3: Two discs on Xbox 360 – Cause for concern or industry practice?

By Posted 5 Sep 2011, 13:42

We have some interesting news for those of you planning to pick up the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3, as we’re hearing whispers that this version of the game will come on two DVD discs, compared to the PS3 version which will ship on a single Blu-Ray disc.

The news isn’t official yet, but a report over at Japanese blog Hachimaki appears to suggest that this is a done deal – and it wouldn’t exactly be surprising. Perhaps it is surprising in the fact that disc swaps on Xbox 360 titles are usually reserved for RPG type games and not first-person shooters, but it could be an indication that EA cannot simply fit the entire game on one Xbox 360 DVD disc due to their brand new Frostbite 2 engine which has come in for praise since its unveiling months ago.

Details of why EA could be shipping the 360 version of Battlefield 3 on one disc are unknown yet, but our guesses is that EA are likely to split the single-player and multiplayer modes on two separate discs, while obviously feeling that the Blu-Ray disc is sufficient enough to include it all on one disc on PS3. Don’t forget that Mass Effect 2 came on multiple discs on the Xbox 360 and also the 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII even came on three discs compared to the PS3′s one disc, so this news should hardly be surprising.

We’re guessing that EA will be coming out with an official statement of their own, so we’ll hope to have this cleared up for you by the end of the week. If you are planning to pick up the Xbox 360 version of BF3 in October, let us know your thoughts on this. Is it really a big issue for gamers to stand up and switch the disc, or would you prefer EA to condense the game to fit it on one disc? These kind of situations are becoming standard industry practice for developers now, and it will continue to happen until Microsoft release their next generation Xbox console.

  • Elmerdaddy

    changing disks is no big deal  if you are too lazy to get up and change disk then you need to buy a ps3   i own both systems  but i will be buying the xbox360 version of battle field3  i only use my ps3 for uncharted  and as a blu-ray player

    • T2k123

      Hmm not really lazy…your not exactly an Olympic just because you sit on your ass putting your hands in the case twice…bit weird m8, ied love to know your example of exercise :)

    • T2k123

      Hmm not really lazy…your not exactly an Olympic just because you sit on your ass putting your hands in the case twice…bit weird m8, ied love to know your example of exercise :)

  • Awesomesauce

    One disk multiplayer. One disk single player. What’s the problem?

    • T2k123

      Well the fact that’s xbox is still using 8gb disks…what a joke

  • http://twitter.com/benwallis Ben Wallis

    I don’t mind changing discs – in 1999.

    I guess that’s why I tend to buy more games on PC than on Xbox these days…

  • The Policia

    It’s sad that some people are afraid to get off the couch and take a few seconds to switch a disc. I have a 360 and a PS3. I’ve had my PS3 for 2 and a half years. During that time, the only games I’ve played on my PS3 were: Metal Gear, Uncharted 1 & 2, Dragon Age Origins, GoW 3, and Heavy Rain. For the most part, I use it as a Blu Ray player. Without the Blu Ray player, I wouldn’t have bought the PS3. I’m sure a large number of people feel that way. 

  • The Policia

    It’s sad that some people are afraid to get off the couch and take a few seconds to switch a disc. I have a 360 and a PS3. I’ve had my PS3 for 2 and a half years. During that time, the only games I’ve played on my PS3 were: Metal Gear, Uncharted 1 & 2, Dragon Age Origins, GoW 3, and Heavy Rain. For the most part, I use it as a Blu Ray player. Without the Blu Ray player, I wouldn’t have bought the PS3. I’m sure a large number of people feel that way.