NCAA Football 12 Hard Drive Evaluation

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Posted July 8th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The NCAA Football series has been one of the biggest culprits regarding lengthy loading times and laggy navigation amongst sports games this generation. It remains a frustration even with NCAA Football 12 however installing to the Xbox 360 hard drive does alleviate some of the wait time and allow it to run smoother overall.

With NCAA Football 12 in hand expect several postings over the coming days with impressions, videos, and more. Follow along for additional NCAA 12 talk in between site updates on Twitter, Facebook, and now Google Plus

Install time- 10:10
Install size- 6.2 GB

Loading Times
Boot to main menu- 69 seconds disc vs 60 seconds HDD (9 seconds)
Load into Play Now- 52 seconds disc vs 33 seconds HDD (19 seconds)
Load into Play Now w/ Teambuilder- 59 seconds disc vs 44 seconds HDD (15 seconds)
Leave Game to Menu- 18 seconds disc vs 13 seconds HDD (5 seconds)
Load into Practice- 31 seconds disc vs 22 seconds HDD (9 seconds)
Load into Saved Franchise- 6 seconds disc vs 5 seconds HDD (1 second)
Load into Saved Road to Glory- 8 seconds disc vs 6 seconds HDD (2 seconds)

The initial boot up is actually longer than last year by about 10 seconds. Everything else is comparable showing that progress still hasn’t been made in this area. Installing to the hard drive is recommended for the reduced noise and wear and tear put on the system in addition to any improvements seen in loading times.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealKSpike Kyle Speicher

    For the main menu initial boot, is that with you tap-tap-tapping A as fast as possible, or is that with all opening movies and intros?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      All these numbers are based on me skipping through things. Main reason is that those videos and such often mask loading times.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianJAyers Brian Ayers

    I find it interesting that the entire game is only 4.2GB bigger than the demo was. 

  • Richmond

    Can you do this with PS3?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      There might be an automatic install involved, but its not the same as what happens on the 360 where the whole game is transferred. The complete install is done to make the game not have to spin in the drive, not to essentially cache data.

  • Richmond

    Can you do this with PS3?

  • Googleplus

    Pasta, took a quick browse of your G+ profile.  I checked out who was in your circles, it looked like a sausagefest.

  • Googleplus

    Pasta, took a quick browse of your G+ profile.  I checked out who was in your circles, it looked like a sausagefest.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

      lol

    • Rkaiser1111

      lmfao

  • Googleplus

    Pasta, took a quick browse of your G+ profile.  I checked out who was in your circles, it looked like a sausagefest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.gang Jacob Gang

    PS3 sometimes does it automatically.

  • Jz

    Why even waste your time with this stuff. Who cares about load times. You dont have to waste your time with this stuff pasta.

    • moose

      I really appreciate that he actually takes the time to do this for his readers…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

        pasta knows hes gotta feed his bitches, sugar tits.

        • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

          I don’t know what this means but it sounds accurate. 

        • Dymez

          Tits made out of sugar.  That would be the best way to get diabetes, EVER!

        • Dymez

          Tits made out of sugar.  That would be the best way to get diabetes, EVER!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Gibson/622062514 Ryan Gibson

      Gees, the negativity of some people!
      I didn’t even know you could do this, so thanks.

    • Load Times are Awesome

      I like this kind of stuff, dumbass. 

  • Griggie1969

    biff difference

  • Griggie1969

    big difference

  • Griggie1969

    big difference

  • http://twitter.com/Kovacs17 Kovacs

    Good info, thanks.

  • Sasha

    Over a minute to boot into the main menu?? wow.

  • wrivers

    yea good info bro… yall bums that wanna critisize mi nigga pasta for posting this info are stupid. its funny that yall look over the info and then tell him hes wasting his time.   smdh

  • Sean

    Good info.  I always put games I am currently playing on my hard drive to reduce the wear and tear on my 360.  Thanks Pasta !!!

  • Koachvonner

    How in the hell do I put the whole game on my hard drive? Please walk me throught this

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