Treyarch has said that such a feature wouldn’t likely give the Sony players any specific performance gains but the community fired back with the point that caching the game’s textures on load still wears out the console’s Blu-ray lens. Hardcore fans are just that hardcore when it comes to Call of Duty.
David ‘Vahn’ Vonderhaar of Treyarch:
“It’s a non-trivial amount of HDD space to install all the textures. I don’t want to get into exactly numbers because anything can, and does change during development.”
The texture install sounds like it will be hefty but the good news is that it is optional for people who don’t really want it. And if you’ll be getting one of those hot new PlayStation 3s with the larger hard drive space then you might as well install it.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II will release for PC, PS3 and 360 on November 13, 2012, just in time for some easy gift-buying. Just make sure that person hasn’t bought it yet.