Battlefield 4 on Xbox 360 requires 2GB mandatory installation

Requires a Hard Drive

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Gamers who will be picking their Xbox 360 copy of Battlefield 4 today need to make sure they have at least 2GB of hard drive space available as the game requires a mandatory installation.

Just like the third game in the series, Battlefield 4 on Xbox 360 will come with two discs: one for the single player and one for the multiplayer.

The first time you boot up your game, regardless of which disc you pop inside your Xbox 360, there will be a prompt asking you to download the 2GB of data onto your hard drive. Unfortunately, the game data can only be installed on a hard drive and not through USB drives or any other alternative storage devices.

Those who wishes to improve the performance are free to install the two discs. Doing so will improve load times and reduce random texture popping. By installing the first disc, which is the multiplayer portion of the game, have at least 6.6GB of free space. The single player disc will be at least 5.8GB.

Check back with us later this week for our review of Battlefield 4.

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39 Comments

  1. Johnny Trent
    October 29, 2013, 8:57 AM

    I find it pretty ridiculous that you have to install this game to an xbox hard drive. I’ve been using an external hard drive ever since i got my xbox arcade, and I just got home to play battlefield 4 and realized that it needs to be installed to an xbox hard drive, and wont be installed to an external storage device.

    GTA 5 ran fine when installed to an external storage device, so I have no idea why battlefield 4 can’t.

    Pretty ridiculous if you ask me.

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  2. kevin
    October 29, 2013, 12:16 PM

    i cant download battlefield 4 …it says it only permits installing HD content on the Xbox hard drive and it wants me to select another device … what do i do

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  3. Bob
    October 29, 2013, 12:58 PM

    I installed both discs previous to booting the game up as I always do and it still made me do the 2 gig install when loading?

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  4. Daniel
    October 29, 2013, 1:21 PM

    Way to go Xbox another way to rip people off I love it. someone needs to find away around the issue and post a video of it online.

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  5. Miguel Gonzalez
    October 29, 2013, 1:40 PM

    Yeah, I’m here with the game in my hand and can’t even play it. Why didn’t they told me in the store that I needed a freaking hard drive :(

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  6. clay
    October 29, 2013, 2:58 PM

    Told by gamestop I have to buy $129 xbox hard drive yo play it

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  7. clay
    October 29, 2013, 2:59 PM

    Told by gamestop I have to buy $129 xbox hard drive to play it

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  8. chris
    October 29, 2013, 3:04 PM

    This is so damn stupid. I can’t believe it won’t allow me to download the game to my mu. I don’t have a hard drive. I will never buy a dice game again. waste of money

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  9. Nate
    October 29, 2013, 3:45 PM

    This is bullshit I just spent 120 fucking dollars on this game now I’m either returning it or buying a fucking hard drive

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  10. Pissed mom tired of spending useless money on technology!!
    October 29, 2013, 4:47 PM

    Screw this Xbox shit!!!

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  11. Jacob
    October 29, 2013, 5:35 PM

    I have 2.7 GB available for the mandatory download, but it’s still telling me it can only be downloaded on a hard drive, BUT IM TRYING TO DOWNLOAD IT ON MY HARDDRIVE IN THE FIRST PLACE, someone fucking help me this is pathetic

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  12. Josuej
    October 29, 2013, 7:16 PM

    Why the fuck would they do this I wait like 4 months for this game and this shit happens I just pick it up I’m grounded so I let my bro play and it said needs 2gb of free space bitch I have 2.2 why you no install it’s a fucking 4gb xbox harddrive why don’t they understand people ain’t rich, I have like 60 gb of space on external harddrive and I can’t use that are you fucking retarded. Why didn’t they make it like bf3 even without the HD content if you had a good tv and hdmi cable your good. Why is it only allowed on internal harddrives I never needed the HD content on bf3 they better fix this shit or bf4 is gonna die out pretty fast.

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  13. bill
    October 29, 2013, 8:04 PM

    can’t download it, player why???I has two and a half gigs of space still can’t get it…

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  14. bill
    October 29, 2013, 8:12 PM

    who want to know why the hell this is such a pain in the ass for didn’t spend enough money as it is

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  15. brad
    October 29, 2013, 8:53 PM

    anyone wanna buy a brand new copy….cant download this piece of shit, gonna go with sony from now on

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  16. Eduardo
    October 29, 2013, 9:21 PM

    Am the same her, fucking bulshit.

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  17. Brady
    October 29, 2013, 9:21 PM

    wont load for me

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  18. Goobers
    October 30, 2013, 12:06 AM

    Well now I dont feel bad for pirating this

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  19. FUXbox
    October 30, 2013, 2:35 AM

    same issue. i deleted everything on my xbox hard drive to make sure i had more than enough free space and it’s telling me that my device is not allowed and will only allow an xbox hard drive…..i’m pretty sure that’s the fuckin drive i just selected!

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  20. Mad Guy
    October 30, 2013, 12:52 PM

    its not Microsoft…its EA and Dice who programmed this n made the install mandatory

    it wasn’t mandatory for BF3 so dunno y they would do that on this game…lets see if EA gets the award for worst company in the world for the 3rd year in a row after this mess

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  21. adsf
    October 30, 2013, 9:08 PM

    I have never seen so many people whining about something trivial before. :(

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  22. Edt
    October 31, 2013, 1:00 AM

    XBOX sucks for accepting this deal from EA. external HD can easily be supported!

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  23. Boozer
    October 31, 2013, 8:57 PM

    What a crock! With the new consoles dropping in less than a month, do you really think people want to waster their money on a FN hard drive. I feel raped because I definitely won’t get full price back from GameStop. And I just purchased it today. I’m FN livid!

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  24. bwk
    November 1, 2013, 6:12 PM

    Can’t download BF4 even though I have enough storage. Found out that x box 360 slim doesn’t have a hard disc drive. Now I’m going to have to buy a hard drive. This sucks…..

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  25. luistheripper
    November 2, 2013, 4:37 PM

    Fuck Xbox and ea

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  26. Dan Trimper
    November 2, 2013, 7:15 PM

    What a load of BS! I spent all day trying to play this game…to only find out i need to purchase additional storage for $130. So a total of $200 (with tax) to play the stupid game?! Are you serious Xbox!? Way to treat your customers….I’m switching back to PS4.

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  27. warmachine8043
    November 2, 2013, 8:22 PM

    exactly why do we haft to this i mean why. i was waiting all day for this but i guess they hat us. gta did perfect when i did it but this game says u haft to download this crap on a freaking xbox hardrive ( witch i have that holds 8!!! ) so this is stupid and i bet its not even 2GB i bet its about 12GB so battlefield 4 screwed us.But im not done yet, heres another reason, i worked hard for this money and wasted the shit to find it do not work without a fucking 150GB hard drive witch cost over fucking $60, witch im going to haft to make up again so its not just 2GB its a lot of fucking GB. why dont they tell me this shit at the store! and i bet a lot of people felt bad about this. this is fucking stupid and on the back of the game case it says,”FROSTBITE 3 AND BATTLEFIELD 4 PUT CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS TO SHAME.” FUCK DAT SHIT!!! i cant wait till it comes out am i right people. i bet call of duty ghosts will put there asses to shame. i hope the fucking director reads this cause hes gonna wish he had never made this cause its STUPID. yeah this is stupid and im pretty sure all of the people that dont have a hardrive are mad too.

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  28. michael herrera
    November 3, 2013, 1:01 AM

    U know wat warmachine8043 is fucking right if the game requires 2damn gigs i think tht a 4gig xbox is more thn enough to download this this is plain out fucking bull shit i waited along time just so i can buy a damn 130$ hard drive tht my mom will probly say wait tell fucking chrismas and i waited so fucking long watching youtube vids waiting for this bull shit fuck that wacky ass shit i hope ea fixes this bs

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  29. Jake
    November 3, 2013, 10:54 AM

    Wy the fuck would you make this game and not even tell anybody you need a HD fucking content piece of shut waste of money never using anything from there gain screw that

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  30. warmachine8043
    November 3, 2013, 1:10 PM

    everyone of u guys are right especially micheal herrera and myself. he and i both know this. this is bad for the companies like Mad Guy that wrote about it is not Microsofts fault, it was EA and DICE’s fault, witch i believe because, Microsoft is the best game making company out there. they would never do this to us. so all u guys out there that have a problem with any game, just let me know and i will reply.

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  31. Mannchild1534
    November 9, 2013, 10:22 PM

    I had a xbox that broke and just but the old hardrive in my 4gb I got lucky but if you have an xboxthat broke there’s that solution!

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  32. Richard
    November 14, 2013, 6:54 AM

    Battlefield 4 will not go hd!!!! All my other games do.have pot the code in.can you please help me

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  33. Upset Mom
    December 24, 2013, 6:09 PM

    I am beyond livid! My son has waited patiently for this game. He gets it for Christmas, he has more than enough memory on his Xbox 360 4GB but it will still not play. We tried the 16GB usb drive that he has and will not work either, but it did for BF3 (?!?!?!?). I am soooooo writing EA & DICE and giving them a piece of my mind. How dare they not inform us, the consumers, who are the reason they have a freakin JOB, somewhere on the damn box or make a mandatory warning label advising their sh** will not play on said consoles unless said requirements are met & also advise on websites where their sh** is sold on! $60 bucks gone down the drain! I want my money back and my shipping to and from as well. Ridiculous and bad business!

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  34. Upset mom
    December 25, 2013, 1:09 PM

    This is so stupid! My son has waited for this game. Now he can’t even play it. We need to sue ea.. Who has more money to put out on a game to make it work .? Not me..

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  35. Rediculous!
    December 25, 2013, 2:36 PM

    My son waited for this game for Christmas. He only asked for 2 things, a flat screen tv and Battlefield 4. He takes time to clean his room, position his new tv just right and put in the game only to learn “we need a frickin hard drive!” NO ONE TOLD US WE NEEEDED THIS OR I WOULD NOT HAVE PURCHAED IT. Now i gotta beg WalMart to exchang it – doubt they will b/c ofcourse its now opened. I feel so bad for him. Poor customer service, never never again!!

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  36. Mama9
    December 28, 2013, 5:14 PM

    Can you use a non Microsoft hard drive to download the content? It would still be the same as the Microsoft ones where it is the internal kind for the slim or e counsels. It is made by Patuoxun instead of microsoft.

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  37. Jeremy
    January 5, 2014, 7:41 AM

    Xbox 360 slims don’t have an internal hard drive they have an SSD so even if you do have enough storage on there it won’t be able to download it. Which is STUPID. I had to go to a gamin lounge just to play this! And I found a deal on amazon but now the hard drive is on back order!

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  38. Jeremy
    January 5, 2014, 7:44 AM

    And it also says on the back xbox 360 hard drive with 2gb of space required.

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  39. Nathan
    February 10, 2014, 11:32 PM

    What the fuck I just bought it now I can’t play it cause I need to buy more shit, fuck you ea I’m going back to cod bitch

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