Black Ops 2 install reignites PS3 hardware debate

On the back of all the PS3 hardware problems suggested by Bethesda in relation to Skyrim, we have some contrasting news for Black Ops 2 gamers looking to pick up the PS3 version on November 13.

In a statement released on the official Call of Duty forum, Treyarch has said that there will be an optional texture pack available for installing on the HDD. On first glance, we were presuming that this would enhance the graphics for the PS3 version like we saw with Battlefield 3.

However, Treyarch has said that the optional texture pack install will help improve performance instead, with the Blu-Ray disc under less pressure if the majority of the game’s textures are installed directly to the hard drive, rather than running everything off the disc.

It means that users will be able to enjoy a game which is less likely to crash during multiplayer, and it does make you wonder why a similar texture pack can’t come out for Skyrim, which would enable Dawnguard to run more smoothy. Back to Black Ops 2 though, would you actually have liked an HDD texture pack to come out which would significantly improve graphics?

Black Ops 2 doesn’t look too good graphics wise, and although the gameplay is arguably more important in a game like this, it would still be nice to see a Call of Duty game that was up there with the best in terms of graphical power. Imagine keeping the same gameplay, but with having visuals on par with a Crysis game for example – could a texture pack make this possible?

Having said that, the HD texture pack for Battlefield 3 didn’t necessarily help with improving performance on the PS3. To this day we still experience multiple crashes when playing online multiplayer, especially on the Gulf of Oman map which came with the Back to Karkand expansion.

Although not specifically related to each other, it is another reminder that developers have to make special circumstances for the PS3, compared to Xbox 360. Has the whole Dawnguard issue opened up pandoras box in the way which user’s compare Sony’s hardware to the Xbox 360, or is it still solely down to the developer to ensure that versions are shipped as equal upon release?

Black Ops 2 is getting an optional HD install on the PS3, which won’t be available on the Xbox 360 version. Let us know your thoughts on this below.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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i have a ps3 RAMPAGE_KILLA_NP add!!! any way thats cool that we finnaly get something before xbox


No HD pack can resurrect the shite engine that CoD runs on. Yes it’s at 60fps, but the engine is like 8 years old now. Dont care what anyone says, the graphics these days in CoD, ESPECIALLY close up, are atrocious. Look at the face detail in the trailers. You forget you’re watching a trailer for an upcoming game in 2012, let alone on the current consoles.
They need a new engine, not a download that makes it load quicker. But hey, that would mean spending money….


if they stick to what then have aid and insure that the texture pack means that i will have smoother game play on my ps3 then i don’t mind. in fact im all for it!


well i think its up to the developers, when I see Game plays of assassins creed 3 you can dell the developers worked very hard to get it running perfectly on each console. the hardware is not the problem if the developers cannot use it properly, if they cant use it properly (Bethesda) then fix the game and release it at a later stage for ps3 or don’t release it at all……instead of selling consumers (Like myself) a broken, unplayable game! as for black ops 2 i don’t mind a texture pack install! but i don’t think the developers at… Read more »


Compared to other CoD games, this game does look relatively good graphics wise. FPS games are optimised for First Person view and so trailers that show other views aren’t really representative

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