Halo 3 Available Digitally on Xbox 360; No Changes Made to Improve Installed Load Times

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Halo 3 is now available digitally for your Xbox 360 in all regions. It'll run you $30 in the US. There might be, however, a small issue with load times.

When the Xbox 360 received the "New Xbox Experience" Dashboard update allowing gamers to install their titles to the hard drive to improve load times, it actually made Halo 3 perform worse than when running off of the disk.

Unfortunately, this is exactly how the digital copy of Halo 3 functions. Kotaku spoke with Bungie community director Brian Jarrard about the issue, who revealed that to Bungie's knowledge "no additional work done on the code to optimize the game for HDD [harddrive] installation." Brian is quick to put it all in perspective, though:

The game is obviously still playable and enjoyable and it's likely most people may not even notice a difference. However, we did encourage people who owned the disc to not install to HDD since it would result in longer load times. Keep in mind that we're pretty hardcore about this kind of thing so when we found out that it loading Halo 3 to the HDD would increase load times, we wanted to make sure our fans knew about it.

Bungie is currently hard at work on Halo: Reach, with the multiplayer beta set to begin on May 3.

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    April 21, 2010 12:49 PM

    So they knowingly sell a version of the game, which WILL 100% affirmatively run like a dog, and there's no workaround for that particular version?

    Ha!

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      April 21, 2010 1:41 PM

      Where in this do you see that it will "run like a dog"?

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        April 21, 2010 1:53 PM

        How about right here, learn to read



        "When the Xbox 360 received the "New Xbox Experience" Dashboard update allowing gamers to install their titles to the hard drive to improve load times, it actually made Halo 3 perform worse than when running off of the disk.
        Unfortunately, this is exactly how the digital copy of Halo 3 functions."

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          April 21, 2010 1:57 PM

          heh, you're the one who should learn to read, Leahy posted the news

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          April 21, 2010 3:08 PM

          Worse is a relative term. It does not imply that it is unplayable or "runs like a dog"

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      April 21, 2010 4:31 PM

      We're talking about an initial level load of like 15 seconds vs 20. It's fine.

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      April 22, 2010 9:29 AM

      talk about being on the halo hate-wagon. loading a few seconds slower != running like a dog. Its just annoying that you don't get an improvement being on the hard disk.