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Old 01-28-2013, 01:23 AM   #1
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Default why do installs seem to take longer than downloads?

I've been meaning to ask this one for a while. Everytime I download a demo or an update, it seems like the install of that demo takes forever! Why is it so slow?
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:21 AM   #2
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Same here! When I install a game on my PC via Steam, even one as large as Max Payne 3, a 30GB game I downloaded, it usually takes a few minutes to install fully. When I try to install say Street Fighter IV on my PS3, which was about 18GB, it needs to take an hour or so to install the game, and it still needs an update.

I never liked using the PS3 for digital downloads (although the payoff for convenience usually pays off), and it's install and update process is a PITA. It's really horrible trying to update a game like Gran Turismo 5 or MAG, especially since you can't leave the download area for an update.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:40 AM   #3
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It has to do with the fact that the PS3 has such a small amount of memory.

Yet another REASON why we need to get next gen here sooner.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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3mbs dsl is the fastest speed we have in our area. That said, for me, the install portion of the download is always lightning fast compared to the download. A few gbs of demos will take me at least an hour to download, but each demos rarely takes longer than a minute to install.
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3mbs dsl is the fastest speed we have in our area. That said, for me, the install portion of the download is always lightning fast compared to the download. A few gbs of demos will take me at least an hour to download, but each demos rarely takes longer than a minute to install.
Same here. Many downloads take hours here. Our service is rated 2.2Mbs max, but I never get more than about 1.5. We're about a quarter mile away from the hub. Your tax dollars and an ill-advised loan by the county have enabled a fiber obtic main to be installed along the shore from Duluth to the Canadian border, but in Lake County, no private party has been willing to provide service. The County has started connecting households, I guess, but I don't expect anything here for years, yet.
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