New Xbox update shrinks hard drive installs big-time

Monday, 3rd August 2009 18:04 GMT By Nathan Grayson


According to a post on Digital Foundry, testers of the upcoming Xbox 360 update are finding that their installed games have lost a few MBs.

“The new King of Fighters XII game from SNK drops from 3.4GB to a sub-demo sized 703MB (!), while Raiden Fighters Aces drops from 3.4GB to 484MB (!!). Left 4 Dead is another example of a solid saving, with the original NXE install occupying 5GB while the new install drops 1.3GB to a mere 3.7GB,” the site explained.

Our 20GB hard drives just got a new lease on life.

More through there.



  1. M337ING

    I’m very intrigued as to how this was done, did they introduce a new form of compression or something?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Hunam

    With them adding massive compression to them, wont it slow down the loading from HDD?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. M337ING

    I just read over the article, and there isn’t any extra compression.

    It seems that the original installation method was simply inefficient and ended up bringing out mirrored copies of some files, artificially boosting the space. MS figured out how to strip that extra data without harming anything useful

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Suikoden Fan

    i’d like to know how rpg’s install time have been effected.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Hunam

    I’d like to know if they finally have multi-disk installs merged as one now.

    #5 5 years ago


    #6 5 years ago
  7. natesaninja

    I’ve got the beta update and installing to the hard drive is still the same unless they haven’t released that yet

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Roybott

    Hmmm, will have to try installing a game later. I’ve only got a 20GB HDD so haven’t really bothered installing any games since trying it initially back at the NXE launch… Maybe I’ll now be able to use this feature :D

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Robo_1

    Great news. If I can squeeze Crackdown and Fable 2 on a 20gb, I’ll be pleased.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Retroid

    I’ve gained a few gb just by reinstalling Far Cry 2 (loses over a gb) and Midnight Club LA (around 700mb).

    #10 5 years ago
  11. LewieP

    Crackdown is one of the (few) games which can’t be installed onto the hard drive.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Komond_Deckard

    Wow, it’s the most useful update I’ve seen in a console. Hope Sony would do something similar with PS3, but well… I guess it’s only a dream. The only good thing is I can buy a 500GB hd, but this cost less money of course lol.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. scuz

    i want to know more about this..

    tell me more.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. fearmonkey

    The only game I installed to the Hard drive was Fable 2 as its constantly accessing the drive and can be a bit noisy. This will be cool if true, as I might install more games now.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Hunam

    Fable 2 runs a hell of a lot better from the HDD anyway, you don’t get UI lag for one.

    #15 5 years ago

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