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Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3's Xbox 360 install

DICE explain reasoning for texture disc.

DICE's Patrick Bach has explained the reasons for packaging an optional texture install disc with the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3, stating that the "standard-def" version of the title is due to Microsoft's optional policy for the console.

"The thing with the 360 is that you need to be able to give consumers a game where you don't have to install it on a hard drive, because there are 360s without a hard drive," he explained in an interview with Gamerzines.

"So we need to give you the option of installing it, rather than just demanding it. You could call it a ‘standard-def' version for the 360 if you don't have a hard-drive."

Microsoft initiated an optional install for titles in one of its Dashboard Updates, with the choice becoming increasingly used by developers to squeeze the best performance out of the console.

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