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http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/03/20/xbox-durango-requires-all-games-to-be-installed


Wow.... after telling Sony to stuff it years ago for many reasons, mostly the amount of crap and lies they have been doing to consumers, I skipped their entire PS3 generation and not buying anymore of their products. However, if Microsoft keeps this up, I may end up getting a PS4 instead at this rate.

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"Every Durango console will have a hard drive, although its exact capacity has not been chosen," reads help documentation in the Durango XDK. "It will be large enough, however, to hold a large number of games. All games will be installed on the hard drive. Play from the optical disc will not be supported."

The documentation goes on to state Durango games will be distributed on Blu-ray discs, but the discs are purely used as a means to install data, and will not be read during gameplay. Also of note: the Durango will feature "Always On, Always Connected" online connectivity.
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Effect on Xbox sales: 0%

Kiddies gotta have their Halo and Call of Duty.
 
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I have been an ardent defender of the Xbox 720 and Microsoft's efforts in this area. I have approached every negative article with a great deal of skepticism and done my best to really understand the issues at heart.

That being said, if this is true and it must be always online and games are install-and-then-no-go for anyone else, I will sadly not be purchasing one of these consoles. Sorry Microsoft, you've just killed it stone cold dead for me.
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Will it install as you play? Probably not. So now when people rush home with their new shiny game all eager to play, they have to wait for system updates to download and install time as well now. Sounds like PC gaming for the unwashed masses.tongue.gif This will upset many people. And understandably so because most of them chose consoles for simplicity and convenience, which this is neither.
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They are killing pretty much every good aspect of a game console, yet I find that really hard to believe, why would they ever do something so hated by the masses?
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Welcome to PC gaming, console gamers. We've been installing games on HDD's for well over a decade, entering in CD keys and unable to use discs that have already have their keys used (not legitimately anyway).

I think the primary reason for making the move to HDD's are loading times. PS3/360 games in later times have absolutely atrocious loading times, so much so that going from an SSD when I watch my friend sitting through loading screens I feel like a year has passed.

Blu-ray drive read speeds are along the lines of ~18MB/s (4x) to 48 MB/s (12x max) - a 7200rpm HDD can read at anywhere from 70mb/s-90mb/s. That's a huge difference. I don't even remember when I last ran a PC game directly off a DVD, it's like running a 15GB game off a USB stick - it'll work but christ it will load slowly and occasionally stutter.
How is it possible to put in truly detailed textures and big levels when you're constantly having to stream from a DVD? Maybe I'm not understanding these things to well, in which case can someone please explain it to me tongue.gif
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Effect on Xbox sales: 0%

Kiddies gotta have their Halo and Call of Duty.


The Dumb Masses™


It's why we can't have nice things.
    
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