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The Solution to PlayStation 3 HDD Install Times?

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324w ago - The PS3 has mandatory game HDD installs. No surprises there right? Since the beginning of the console gamers have complained that the PS3 has forced them to abandon the former gamer ritual and buy, unpack and play, adding the additional and sometimes painful step of WAIT between savage unpack (ripping off shrinkwrap is always fun) and the satisfying play.

Some installs have hardly taken any time, while others (Devil May Cry 4) feel like an eternity of wait time which creates the sensation of smelling a fresh baked batch of cookie chip cookies (or insert your favorite kind of cookie) that still has time left in the oven.

The install can be fixed redeemed however. The beauty of it is that the solution has been staring us gamers in the face since day 1 as well. The solution? PSN. I know, I know, you're wondering how that makes any sense, so without further adieu, here it is.

Place the install data on PSN.

It's so simple that it's brilliant at the same time. If Sony were to place the install data on PSN a week before any game were released, anyone that planned to purchase the game could download the data and install the files prior to owning the game.

The benefit to gamers is obvious, removing the delay from unpack to play. The benefit to Sony and the Playstation? LESS COMPLAINING. Also obvious in providing a service that fans will enjoy and killing another reason that fanboys and whiners love to complain about.

While installs may be mandatory (watch out 360 gamers, I still think you're going to be getting mandatory game installs yourself), the wait doesn't have to be. So how about it Sony/ Can we get some PSN/game install love or what?

Any other solutions the install debacle? Agree or disagree? Leave it in the comments!

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#23 - steelwork - 318w ago
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Why dont they play say the intro movie or something and have the game installing in the background? Your game installs on the HDD without you waiting for it as such cos your watching the movie in the meantime, which gets your mind off of the lengthy install and onto more important things... your brand new game that you have been waiting months to play and cant stand to wait any longer while it installs!

#22 - speedxl - 319w ago
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I saw a post that mentioned that a faster hdd does not reduce install times that much, but can help to reduce load times.. so that wouldn't solve the problem, i guess it would be the method used to copy the files from bd discs to hdd.

#21 - SerialKill - 320w ago
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It seemes to, that the ps3 is damn slow when installing or copying files. I wonder if that is coused by the standart hdd which is installed. My question is: Will speed increase when im installing a bigger and faster sata Hdd?

Do anybody have a good advice for a new hdd. Is there a prefered model?

#20 - drmcnipple - 323w ago
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The install times actually don't bother me much, I know its coming, i can hold on for those few more minutes.. good time to have a flick through the manual

#19 - pacific808 - 324w ago
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Well the install data could easily be put in a demo and its not a bad idea cause most people don't do anything during their downloads. I for one tend to watch a movie or listen to music while I surf the web on my laptop. But for those people who don't like the installs you don't get how sony is compressing the files and during the install it is uncompressing everything. Microsoft might have their stuff uncompressed. But what does that mean if sony started leaving their stuff uncompressed? You would end up spending more time downloading the game which would the extra time would probably be more than the install time you hate so much.

And for those people who think that the install is just copying files off the BD I believe you are mistaken. I have 2 facts I would like to point out from my expirience.

1. Installs usually entail that there is a process of uncompression going on. This means turning smaller files into bigger ones so things load faster and don't hog the processor while being run. This happens a lot in gaming. (for example GRID for pc is a 6.5gb download yet when installed it takes up 10gb of data on your HDD)

2. The install process probably handles many small files. If you ever used a flash drive to copy data you should notice how copying one big file is a lot faster than copying multiple tiny files that total up to the same size.


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