Battlefield 3's textures with and without the Xbox 360 install

Battlefield 3 has had a strange launch. From server downtime to the PlayStation 3 version's mysterious missing copy of Battlefield 1943, the game has been in the headlines for reasons EA and DICE most likely wish they could have avoided. And no version is without its own weird quirks, it seems - the Xbox 360 iteration of Battlefield 3 comes with an optional HD texture install, asking players to allow 2GB of textures to be loaded onto the hard drive.

What happens if you don't let the game install? Well, um... you might just want to take a look.

If you're planning on getting the Xbox 360 version you're going to want to clear off some hard drive space, or else you're going to be spending your time looking at a game looks a generation old. It's starting to feel like this current console generation is bursting at the seams, with developers struggling to fit their games to work within the limitations of 2005's hardware.

We wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see things like this continue for the next year or so, or at least until the next iteration of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is announced.


  • Ravenbom - October 27, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    Dude, Coop... When you put up a video titled, "With and Without HD Textures" you should put the "With" on the left side, as a person reads, and the "Without" on the right side, once again as a person reads. It just makes it look like amateur hour otherwise.
  • Fox_Mulder - October 26, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Not just standard definition, looks like a 360 launch title. Perhaps worse.
  • BackwaterRifle - October 26, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    Wow, now I'm gonna have to upgrade to the 250 after Rage completely Took up every last inch of space
  • BrunDeign - October 26, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Now here's the question: would Battlefield 3 require this install on the WiiU? That would be a GREAT test of its graphical ability.
  • iluvpkmnmonday - October 26, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    Whats the song playing around 1:10?
  • TheIronMaiden - October 26, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    That song is called God's gonna cut you down by Mr. J.Cash. Great song.
  • angelusdlion - October 26, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    Even someone with "Iron maden" in thier tytle must respect the man in black. You are correct.
  • Kentastic84 - October 26, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    Its Johnny Cash, no idea what song though.
  • nanjingrad - October 26, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    I am so glad that for once it's the console version of a game that is having to adjust to the pc version's lead instead of the pc version being bitch-slapped with poor porting, later release dates, more technical problems and less developer care and attention. Now maybe more people will be able to sympathise with why pc gamers feel like second-class gamers.
  • Dman3981 - October 26, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    I was going to sympathise you but TheZigMan ruined it.
  • LeSieg - October 26, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    I don't think the problem lies with your arguments (as a lifelong console gamer, I often find myself bewildered by PC progress), but rather in the elitists. Dman3981 is on to something with that comment.
  • Net_Bastard - October 27, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    So true. After what happened with the whole RAGE/AMD driver fiasco, I'm so glad that console players get to deal with the crap we sometimes go through.
  • UberNoob - October 27, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    Same issue existed with Nvidia, but wasn't as severe from what I've been told (effected SLI users mostly). It's really the developers that are at fault rather than the drivers.
  • jako1991 - October 27, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    Im pretty sure the console community over rules the pc community by some ridiculous ratio not worth writing. I see where your coming from but fact is dice and ea may have really damaged they're future with the way they hyped this game for all platforms. completely fair enough its originally a pc game so maybe they should have just stuck with the pc? other gamers wouldnt have even noticed and they'd just wait for the next bfbc. i know i would have, however ill still get this game as i love the mature gaming community that ends up playing it after the first few months after all the noobs either mature or piss of to some other simpler game. Fact is again that pc will never take the lead over consoles at this point (although it is possibe in time) i used to have decent rig years and years ago but i couldnt afford it now at least with a console its a once off mediocre expenditure as apposed to high expenditure which needs more investing over time. if your one of the few who can afford a decent rig enjoy it because you wont get any sympathy from the general gaming community (since most of them are fanboys to they're consoles and 12 years old). just the way things are. pc's wont get as much random games as consoles but hopefully the few that come your way will be awesome enough to last for quite some time. i wouldnt fret to much man you'r still in for the better even if your in the minority
  • TheZigMan - October 26, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    They both look terrible compared to PC screens
  • Jacko415 - October 26, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    No fcuking sh1t Sherlock.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - October 27, 2011 6:39 a.m.

  • forestfire55 - October 26, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Without looks like a damn ps2 game
  • Kentastic84 - October 26, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    Haha, was thinking exactly the same. X-box 360, now with PS2 mode for your vintage gaming needs.
  • angelusdlion - October 26, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    when is the last time you two played a ps2 game? Because if I tell you what I'm really thinking about your comment I would get in trouble. Let's just say I disagree.

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