Those with smaller hard drives on their PS3 will probably have a heart attack at the amount of data that can be installed when you pop in the Gran Turismo 5 disc. I just upgraded my hard drive to a 500GB monster, so I’m not really worried, but apparently if you want an optimal gaming experience with the upcoming ultra-realistic racer, you’re going to need a hefty bit of space. Luckily, the install is optional.
The CEO of Polyphony Digital, Kazunori Yamauchi, was answering some questions via Twitter earlier today and, naturally, one about the hard drive install came up. It is a valid question, since we really haven’t heard much about this to date. You won’t need much to simply play the game – only space enough for 256MB of game data. However, I’m assuming the 10GB install will significantly reduce load times.
At least, I hope that’s the case. I’ve seen games where I have to load a significant amount of data, yet load times are still atrocious (Heavy Rain, for example). On the other hand, games like Final Fantasy XIII and God of War 3 had very few, if any, load times and required no install. Because Gran Turismo 5 is taking the better part of forever to be released, I’m assuming the game is optimized in a way that the massive amount of data that can be stashed on the hard drive will actually be of some use. What can I say, I’m an optimist.