Mandatory 5GB, 10-Minute Install For Bioshock PS3
Even though the vast majority of PlayStation 3 titles don't have mandatory installs, a few of the high-profile titles do. Therefore, perhaps this subject summons more debate than is absolutely necessary, but when big games like Bioshock are in the news all the time, it's tough to avoid.
When the BBFC rated the the PS3 version of the atmospheric shooter earlier this year, it was rumored that we could expect a sizable install before we could begin play. Now, thanks to a Eurogamer playtest, it has apparently been confirmed: Bioshock PS3 will have a 5GB mandatory install, which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. As we just mentioned, this isn't exactly common in the world of PS3 software, but we have seen huge titles like Devil May Cry 4 and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots require similar-sized installs to the HDD before play begins. Perhaps Sony has heard some of the cries and that's one of the reasons behind the impending 160GB PS3, but even at 40GB, this typically isn't a problem. First of all, as most will say, you can always purchase a bigger hard drive, and second of all, there's no rule saying the installed data needs to stay on your hard drive. Take it off, if you need the room.
Even so, in direct comparison to last generation, this is an added, albeit small, inconvenience. Last week's Vampire Rain: Altered Species also had a mandatory install, although that's one game few will care too much about. We figure that with more big games will come more installs, and this debate will continue to rage. Bioshock for the PS3 releases on October 24.
Related Game(s): Bioshock
9/10/2008 Ben Dutka