The debate over mandatory installs seems to arise once again with every new blockbuster for the PlayStation 3. The latest two in the media are Final Fantasy XIII and Tekken 6 .
First, the good news: thanks to new information gleaned from the latest Famitsu issue (courtesy of IGN UK ), we find there will be no mandatory install for FFXIII. On top of which, the loading times will be greatly reduced and the only time we'll see them is during the transitions "from town to field;" the developers made a point to mention this because they desired a feeling of real seamlessness. This much, we're relatively certain all RPG fans will appreciate. On the flip side of the coin, the upcoming Tekken 6 – set to launch next week – will give you the option of installing 4GB worth of data onto the hard drive. Of course, if you do this, you can shorten up the load times but the good news is, this isn't a requirement, unlike past productions like Devil May Cry 4 and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots . What we need are more titles that give us the option; mandatory installs are a tad annoying and if you don't have a large hard drive, things can get awfully crowded in there.
Well, the default PS3 model now has a 120GB hard drive and a new SKU featuring a massive 250GB HDD will be available in the first week of November, so perhaps it isn't much of an issue anymore. That, and the fact that it does not void the system's warranty on the PS3 Slim if you wish to swap out the hard drive for a bigger one.