Originally Posted by PJ_Rage
If you aren't streaming, aren't the textures running at a lower resolution, ie the terms standard definition and high defintion aren't all that inaccurate?
Textures are always streaming. Even with lower res textures Im sure theyre still bottlenecked by the available Vram. It's just a question of how high a resolution texture they have at hand to stream in.
Standard def and high def have very specific meanings. Texture resolution has zero to do with it. You'll still probably see some benefit from the high res textures even if you're running at SD resolution. it's just muddying the water to use those terms.
The thing is that they're trying to make it sound like they're doing something special that no one else has. That BF3 is going to have the best textures EVARR because they're including a special disc. The reality is that there is no way they could squeeze the game onto a single DVD. Their choice was either to cut maps out, reuse textures more often, force disc swaps depending on the map or mode, or do what they're doing and leave people without a HDD with an inferior version.
They made the right choice IMO, but that's cause I have a HDD. Make no mistake, the disc only version is going to have some really blurry textures up close. I'm 99% certain the beta was using the high res textures.
If you don't have a HDD, you'll almost certainly be able to use a $10 8GB USB stick for this purpose as well.