Battlefield 4 Xbox 360: mandatory install problems addressed by EA Support

Wednesday, 30th October 2013 12:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Battlefield ‘s Xbox 360 edition features a mandatory install the first time you boot the game up. EA’s tech support team has posted a blog to assist those experiencing trouble with the installation.

The blog post explains that the installation must be performed on the console’s hard drive, rather than external storage, or it will not work.

It explains that the data, “can only be installed on Xbox 360 hard disk drives, and cannot be installed to USB drives, or other alternative storage devices. Battlefield 4 cannot be installed and played on a 4GB internal flash drive. You will have the option to accept the 2GB install or quit. Quitting will return you to the Xbox dashboard, and you will not be able to play Battlefield 4.”

That’s a kick in the teeth for anyone with a 4GB console wanting to perform the game’s additional installs. The optional singe-player install weight in at 5.8 GB, while the optional multiplayer install demands 6.6 GB of free space.

The blog also warns, “If you do try to install the optional disc-content before the required game data installation, your install will stop before completion, and ask you to install again. If your install does fail due to installing content in the incorrect order, your second or subsequent attempts at installing the required content should complete successfully.”

Have you experienced troubles with your installation? Let us know below.

Meanwhile, you can check out our massive Battlefield 4 multiplayer and single-player guide here, as well as our review score round-up and my Battlefield 4 campaign opinion blog here.

Thanks OXM.



  1. FatalTee

    The argument for console gaming was simplicity. Now it resembles the era of Win 3.11 installation from diskettes. :)

    How does BF4 perform on X360? Is FPS stable or are there drops?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Silent Killer01

    MS need to increase the usb flash storage limit. (current limit is 32GB)

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Cobra951

    @2: 16GB per device, up to 2 devices. Yes, that should be upped, but is is still *plenty* to install at least 2 full game DVDs. Why don’t they allow installation to those? The HDD should have been standard equipment on all 360s, but it isn’t. This is just retarded. You can install GTA V to flash memory, and that’s about 16 GB total. Why not this?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. jinx1ner

    Did the 2gb installation, but it was freezing my console when preparing for next match. Stuck on wallpaper screen,several times. Is this just a server glitch that’s doing that to my system or something else?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Henry

    @3 1 or 2 years ago M$ upped the USB drive limit from 16GB each to 32GB each.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. ctankep

    @1 There are 360 videos on Youtube now –

    An’ it looks really bad ., as in missing textures & geometry from PC / PS4 versions.
    Frame rate appears in low 20s an’ 24 player cap makes for a lonely battlefield.
    I really want to play BF4 too but might have to wait.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Shack0295

    how can I play the freakin’ game????? I am having these problems…

    #7 12 months ago
  8. nosmkr

    We have the 360 with the 250g hard drive and it wont instal the battlefield 4l.. it goes to the screen with rain hitting side walk and show its running but wont get past that screen.. can someone please help..

    #8 9 months ago

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