Battlefield 3 for the Xbox 360 will ship with an optional hi-res texture installation on its second disc. Users will need to install the additional content to their hard drive before taking advantage of the improved detail.
So if you don't already own a hard drive for your Xbox 360 then head out and pick one up fast, otherwise you'll just be stuck playing Battlefield 3 in 'standard def' and no one wants that!
"The thing with the 360 is that you need to be able to give consumers a game where you don't have to install it on a hard drive, because there are 360s without a hard drive,” executive producer Patrick Bach told GamerZines.
"So we need to give you the option of installing it, rather than just demanding it. You could call it a 'standard-def' version for the 360 if you don't have a hard-drive.
"What we let you do is let you have high-res information that gets streamed in and out of memory at all times, and that gives you a more detailed, varied and vivid experience on all platforms. We don't want to take that away from 360 players.
"We're really trying to push the limits of what we can do on the consoles and the PC. Our goal is to see how we can utilise as many of the systems that you actually have in your machine that some people haven't utilised before."
"Some (developers) just do it like, if it doesn't fit into memory we just make a lesser game. We don't do that. For us, it's about how we can give you the most game ever even though the hardware is over five years old."
Check out the game's final nine multiplayer maps here.
Battlefield 3 is set to release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on October 28, 2011.