Coming from a Nintendo customer service rep...
Nice to see they finalised the date. To me they said that they would be up for download in December with no information about them being available before release.
And that was after I spammed them with e-mails until they stopped sending me a copy pasted answer.
What I'd really like to know is why couldn't this data be installed directly from the game disc like every other game with an optional install component.
Because the Wii U discs hold 25 gigs. The data packs alone are 10 gigs. I heard the game size was 22 gigs. 22+10= not enough disc space.
Why would there need to be an additional 10GB of space when it's basically a duplication of data already on the disc? I just don't see why it wouldn't be feasible to implement a data copy feature.
What I want to know is: What makes the data pack data different to what's available on the disc?
The reason the data packs are not on the disk is because the file size of Xenoblade Chronicles x (cross) is 22.7 GB. The four data packs are a total of 10 GB. The Disk for the Wii U is 25 GB. There is not enough space on the disk to accommodate all four data packs.
Looks like someone beat me to the explanation.
It's not 10 extra GB. It's data that's already on the disk, hence why digital users don't need to download it. The whole point is having it on your HD cause it's faster than reading it from the disk.
No it's not. You have to download these packs separately. It is 10 extra GBs. The reason digital users do not need the data packs is because the game is running off of a hard drive rather than the Disk.
The fact that you have to download them separately doesn't change the fact that it's just data that's already on the disk. If it was separate data that didn't already exist on the disk, the digital version would still need it. The whole point of downloading it is that it's loading the data from the HD instead of the disk like you said, but that doesn't mean it's new data. Otherwise the digital version would need it.
It's not on the Disc. If it were on the disk then no one would need to download the data packs. All a person would have to do is install the data from the disk. The reason the data packs were developed is because it cuts down on load times. The digital version will not suffer this problem because it's running on a hard drive.
This is a fact found on Nintendo's support page.
If I purchased the digital version of the game, do I need to download the data packs too?
No. The data packs are for people who purchase the physical disc-based version of the game. The data packs will not improve load times on the downloadable version of the game.
The digital version will not suffer this problem because it's running on a hard drive.
This is the last time I reply to this post. For the last time that Datapacks are not on the disk. The game itself is over 22 GB, the data packs are 10 GB, and the disk for the Wii U are 25 GB. There is not enough space for data packs on the disk. Nintendo, just like Microsoft and Sony, knows how to make mandatory install disk. It has nothing to do with the Wii U console at all. Mandatory install disks have been around for the PC every since video games were released on floppy disk. They are not new.
Dude, you don't know what you're talking about. It's not extra data that doesn't fit on the disk. The game is 22 GB and the data packs are 10GB of those 22GB, it's not 10 additional GB that won't fit on the disk. There is no magical data that will make a disk read as fast as HDD data. It's data that is on the disk that the Wii U sees is also on the HDD so it reads it from there instead.
Yeah. It's not 10 additional GB. The content of the data packs are already on the disc. I also don't understand why there couldn't have been an optional install from the disc itself. Didn't Lego City Underground do that? I remember hearing something about that.
Lego City Undercover? I bought it when it came out and I've never seen an option to install from the disc.
You are correct! I just looked it up. I was confused because an external hard drive was required to download the digital version. I think it was the first game that big to be released at that time for the Wii U. It was 22 GB.