One of the biggest complaints against the Xbox 360 is its use of Dual-layer DVDs as game media, as opposed to the PS3’s Blu-Ray discs. This led to most heavy Xbox 360 games having multiple disks while the PS3 versions didn’t, the most recent example being Dead Space 2. With Microsoft not looking likely to adopt the Blu-Ray format anytime soon, that problem probably won’t go away, but what they have done is instead tried a workaround – a new dashboard update that will bring about a disc format change and free up some more space on the dual-layer DVDs.
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According to Digital Foundry, Eurogamer’s technical wing, a well-placed source has informed them that Microsoft have freed up the 1GB+ video data partition that had all of the Xbox 360’s anti-piracy features. This will give developers some more room to play with, because they can currently only use around 6.8GB out of the maximum of 7.95GB dual-layer DVDs provide.
People who have signed up to beta test the new dashboard update will receive a free copy of Halo:Reach, presumably produced using the new disc format. Let’s see how this works out for Microsoft.