From the mouth of Rockstar’s own Jeronimo Barrera, the studio’s newest open-world epic has been announced to span three discs on the Xbox version of the game. This is compared to the PlayStation’s blu-ray disc capabilities, which manages to shove the entire game on one traditional disc. Barrera spoke to Kotaku about the news:
L.A. Noire was always going to be a massive game, from the size and detail of the world to the length of the cases, and of course, the sheer amount of MotionScan data required for the faces of over 400 actors in-game, to tell the story and make the game we wanted to make, we knew that it was going to take an entire single layer Blu-ray disc and three Xbox discs.
While this may get you in the wave-length of thought that “more discs equals more play-time”, remember that the tech in the game is reaching a level of detail that video games as a medium has yet to achieve. Even so, while the facial-video technology-filled cutscenes are sure to account for most of that required space, with the dozens of cases, huge collectible-filled map and over 400 characters populating it all, L.A. Noire is sure to be one hell of a meaty game.