MLB 12: The Show Loading Time Analysis

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 11:45 am

Lengthy loading times have always plagued The Show. This year however SCEA provides the opportunity to make the typical 5GB install (which is required) or go beyond and install 10GB. The choice of which may come down to hard drive size – making the bigger install is obviously the better option if that isn’t a concern – but just how much difference does it make? Here’s a look at the breakdown of loading times under each scenario. 

Initial Install Time: 5GB takes around 10 mins, 10GB about 20 minutes.
Boot to main menu: 5GB takes 45 seconds vs 10GB 47 seconds.
Load into exhibition game: 5GB takes 41 seconds vs 10GB 23 seconds
Out of exhibition to menu: 5GB takes 16 seconds vs 10GB 14 seconds
Load into saved Franchise: 5GB takes 6 seconds vs 10GB 6 seconds
Load into saved RTTS: 5GB takes 7 seconds vs 10GB 7 seconds
Load into RTTS game: 5GB takes 36 seconds vs 10GB 26 seconds
Out of RTTS to menu: 5GB takes 18 seconds vs 10GB 19 seconds

Trimmed loading times would have benefited Road to the Show mode the most where going in and out of games is frequent. 10 seconds off entry and none heading back to the menu helps but only marginally so. The big gain with the larger install comes with loading into standard games where 18 seconds are saved. Interestingly the install didn’t do anything to improve the initial boot to menu period.

So the difference for MLB 12: The Show is notable but not especially substantial – those who don’t have the ability to do the larger install shouldn’t fret too much but those that do can take advantage of the improvements.

  • “Boot to main menu: 5GB takes 45 seconds vs 10GB 47 seconds.”


    • Yeah, I actually went back and checked that twice. Obviously it’s not scientific and my calculations could be off by a second I suppose, so I just consider that to be the same load-up time.

    • dwright5_godsend

      It depends on how fragmented your hard drive is. A lot of fragmentation makes read/write times much slower, thus the reason why it’s actually no different than going to the external disk to retrieve the extra 5GB. 

      In other words, someone who plays a lot of games and has had (or still has) quite a few files on their machine will be more likely to experience this issue. On a brand-new PS3, the difference would be much more noticeable. 

  • Keith.

    This game is ridiculously good, on both PS3 and Vita.  SCEA has really raised the bar for 2k and EA with sports games in 2012, that’s for sure.

    • Amen_Ra

      Last year was 7.5, I’ll give this one an 8

      • HustlinOwl

        lol, you didnt purchase damn hater

        • Amen_Ra

          Best Buy is good enough

          • HustlinOwl

             lol smh

          • James Kraft

            Why do you even comment on a game that you play for 30 minutes in a Best Buy? Your credibility went right out the door. Troll…

  • Sony should take a page out of MS’s book and allow for the entire game to be installed.  I have a hard time understanding why this isn’t the case.

    • KrodMandoon

      I know. I don’t understand that either.

      • Newtonfb22

         entire games? the biggest microsoft games are 8gb at max…sony games are sometimes 50gb. Im prob mistaken but i think it was mentioned before mlb 11 was close to 20gb.

        My guess is its prob a piracy protection issue

        • Skopin

           Yea, just a partial install for MLB 12 is 10GB, which is larger than a single disc capacity on the XBox 360. Granted, it is also much easier to upgrade the HDD in the PS3, so you really can do that without an issue. Hopefully they will add that functionality in the future. I would buy a 1TB (or whatever the max capacity the PS3 supports) if I could install games on the HDD.

      • 2K’s baseball loads just fine without installing it. I don’t see any problems. Why can’t they do that?

    • As another commenter noted, the reason for this is because the PS3 uses Blu-ray so the games are generally much larger in size.

    • Why should I have to install it at all?  It’s fricken baseball.  I’d rather deal with crappy load times any day than take up 5GB of valuable space (that I currently don’t have) just to play a sports game.

  • Litz

    How do these load times compare to last years game?

    • Sandwiches

      Dude, if you install the 10GB, compared to last year, it’s night and day – seriously.  It’s very fast this year.  I love it.

      • mcmax3000

        I haven’t done any timing or anything but I agree that with the 10GB install it feels much better compared to last year.

        • I found absolutely no problems with last year’s load times.  In fact, it didn’t seem any different than the load times on any other sports game I played last year.  But maybe I just don’t care enough about the loading times to pay much attention.

          • mcmax3000

            My only issue with load times last year was in Road to the Show & that was more of an issue with how long the load times were compared to how long the games last in that mode (unless you’re catcher or pitcher).

            For playing a normal game, I didn’t think they were too bad.

    • Standard install is probably comparable to last year. I didn’t measure those times though.

  • Wilson2k3

    Pasta  could you maybe compare these to last years loading time? I’d really like to know how much better the load times are now than last years. Thanks.

    • dwright5_godsend

      Times will vary based on your machine. The only way to know for sure is to try it yourself.

  • JackBenny

    This is slightly off-topic, but does anyone know why the Vita version isn’t available for download yet?

    • Keith.

      The PSN Store isn’t updated until late in the day on Tuesdays.  Last week, when the Mod Nation Racers demo became available, it didn’t go up until VERY late in the day (causing me to d/l it on Wednesday morning).

      • JackBenny

        Cool, thanks.  

  • thuglove68

    thanks man psn-thuglove68

  • pete rose

    xbox is junk. ps3 stomps its ass.