If you’re anything like me then you’ll always install PS3 games onto the hard drive if there’s an option available. Loading times are just another one of those things – along with poor texture filtering – that you just thought you’d see the back of with each progressing console generation. But like with image quality, there is always a reason, or two, for it to crop up again when least expected.
For Gran Turismo 5 Sony are once again providing an additional install option on top of simply being able to simply pop the disc into the drive and play the game. According to Kazunori Yamauchi (via his Twitter page) GT5’s installation feature will allow for a ‘smooth’ experience, but at the expense of a whopping 10 gigabytes of HDD space – double that of previous PS3 games.
If you just want to play the game, then you’ll only need a paltry 256 megabytes in order to do so. But then I imagine that loading times will be far more noticeable without the installation.
But what of Yamauchi’s ‘smooth’ quote? What could he possibly mean by that? Well, to be fair, those expecting some kind of framerate boost, or better performance in 1080p are going to be disappointed, as it's likely that GT5’s producer simply meant that quicker loading times would mean less noticeable break up between sections of play than if you didn’t install the game.
There’s nothing worse than having a lengthy session of loading screens between some highly impressive, fast-paced racing, and Yamauchi knows this. If nothing else having shorted load times will make for a more seamless experience, one which could be described as ‘smooth’, and very much the opposite of a more jarring ‘stop-start’ nature often caused by poor data management and long loading screens.
Nevertheless, 10 gigabytes is a huge file size, and it will be interesting to see just how much of a difference such a large install will make.