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Black Ops 2 on PS3 has optional texture install

Installation will reduce stress on Blu-ray drive, but requires a “non-trivial amount of HDD space”.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II screenshot

The PlayStation 3 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II will feature an optional texture installation to reduce “constant stress on the Blu-ray drive”, Treyarch has announced.

“This is one the fans having been demanding for a bit,” Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar explained on the official Call of Duty forums. “Black Ops 2 has an option to “Install Textures to HDD.

“When we explained to PS3 folks that installing to the HDD wouldn’t necessarily give us any significant performance gains, they explained back that the issue is they play so much it puts constant stress on the Blu-ray drive and wears them out.

“Roger that.”

Treyarch doesn’t yet know how much HDD space the installation will require, but says that it’ll be a “non-trivial amount”.

“It’s a non-trivial amount of HDD space to install all the textures,” Vonderhaar continued. “I don’t want to get into exactly [sic] numbers because anything can, and does change during development.

“You don’t have to install to enjoy the game. We still pre-cache like we did on Black Ops.”

It isn’t yet known whether installing the textures will offer improved load times or allow for higher-resolution textures, or whether the Xbox 360 version will also include an optional installation.

Last year, the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 included an optional texture installation, allowing for higher-resolution textures to be displayed once installed.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on November 13.