Mandatory Install Debate Returns With Vampire Rain PS3
Earlier this year, the mandatory installs started to pile up for the PlayStation 3. Games like Devil May Cry 4 and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots made headlines with their big install requirements, and now, this week's Vampire Rain: Altered Species causes the debate to begin afresh in many game forums across the Internet.
According to GamersPlatform, Altered Species sports a 3.8GB required install, which will take about a half hour to finish. The game is scheduled to launch on September 2 (perhaps to officially arrive on store shelves on the 3rd), and for some, it's a highly anticipated survival/horror - or action, depending on the categorization - title. It wasn't that great on the Xbox 360, but the developers have promised a greatly enhanced version for PS3 owners, so perhaps there's hope. But back to the mandatory install...many are worried that with this growing trend, their hard drives will fill up very quickly, thereby forcing them to buy a HDD add-on. The previously default PS3 model included a 40GB hard drive, and if you installed all three games mentioned in this article, you'd already be close to 10GB taken up. On the other hand, the new default model has a 80GB hard drive, and Sony will introduce a massive 160GB version for the holidays, too.
So what's your take on the mandatory install issue? Or would you rather call it a non-issue? Do you think it will have any affect on those still considering a PS3 purchase? Of course, one has to remember that not every game has a mandatory install, and in fact, very few do. But it seems like every time one shows up, everyone starts talking again...
Related Game(s): Vampire Rain: Altered Species
8/31/2008 Ben Dutka