Did you know that people play Call of Duty on the PS3 enough to wear out the Blu-Ray lens?
Apparently, they do. And that's why Treyarch is including an optional texture install for the PlayStation 3 version of the upcoming blockbuster, Call of Duty: Black Ops II .
Game director David Vonderhaar confirmed as much in the official CoD forums , where he says installing the textures to the HDD doesn't give the PS3 version "any significant performance gains;" it's merely for the sake of Blu-Ray lens longevity. Here's the post:
"Black Ops 2 has an option to 'Install Textures to HDD.'
When we explained to PS3 folks that installing to the HDD wouldn't neccessarily give us any significant performance gains, they explained back that the issue is they play so much it puts constant stress on the Blu-ray drive and wears them out."
Vonderhaar added that this only takes up a "non-trivial amount of HDD space" and reminds everyone that it is indeed an option. They still pre-cache as they did in the first Black Ops . It's an interesting point because we haven't heard this from designers in the past…maybe CoD is just so damn addicting that people will play it for unhealthy amounts of time. Wouldn't any game wear out the Blu-Ray lens if played long enough?
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops II