Xbox 360 will never get Metal Gear Solid 4 due to size

March 3, 2008

Xbox 360 will never get Metal Gear Solid 4 due to size If rumors surrounding Metal Gear Solid 4 (MGS4) are true and it can’t fit on a Blu-Ray disc then the Xbox 360 doesn’t have a chance.  This would be due to the storage “limitation” of DVDs.  DVDs cannot hold as much data as a Blu-Ray disc; though, it is hard to believe that MGS4 requires so much storage space.

We reported earlier that the developer claimed it was a difficult task to fit MGS4 on a Blu-Ray disc; though, the reasons given by the company were not convincing enough.

If MGS4 could not fit on a 50GB Blu-Ray disc then there isn’t much of a chance the game will make it to the Xbox 360.  Maybe if they would stop filling Metal Gear games with useless dialog and/or cutscenes but that’s something the company seems to enjoy.

The reason the game won’t come to the Xbox 360 is one of storage capacity.  Double layer DVD discs which contain most Xbox 360 games hold about 8GB~8.5GB.  That would mean MGS4 for the Xbox 360 would have to ship on 7 DVDs.  I don’t even want to know how much the game would cost for the Xbox 360.  It would certainly cost more than $60 and maybe as much as the special edition of Halo 3.

It would be quite inconvenient to be in the middle of a level only to have “insert next disc” pop up on the screen.  Or, maybe it could require the 120GB hard drive, that’s it!  Kojima and Microsoft could team up to sell a “special edition” Xbox 360 hard drive with MGS4 preinstalled, brilliant!

The one problem with that is about half the storage capacity would already be taken up by the game.  I don’t know many people willing to spend $180+ for a game but it’s cheaper than buying a PS3 if you’re not in to the whole Blu-Ray thing, yet.

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