So, can you play games from a External HDD?

#11libatakoPosted 11/18/2012 4:57:53 PM
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#12KisaiPosted 11/18/2012 4:59:10 PM
lolwhutnubies posted...
You cannot copy a game from retail disc to hdd and play without disc (ala xbox 360 & ps3)

Wait, what? You can't do that on the PS3. o_O
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#13Poopcorn13Posted 11/18/2012 5:03:11 PM
lolwhutnubies posted...
You cannot copy a game from retail disc to hdd and play without disc (ala xbox 360 & ps3)

Having a 360, this is not entirely true. You still need the disc in order to play the game on your HDD. This is so close-quarters piracy is not possible.
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#14huyiPosted 11/19/2012 11:30:05 AM
lolwhutnubies posted...
Yes you can play from USB hdd.
You CANNOT play from:
sd card or flash drives [thumb drive, usb stick etc]

I know from:
I have my WD 500gb passport hooked up to my wii U, i have NSMBU & scribble naughts on it.


What you cannot do:

You cannot copy a game from retail disc to hdd and play without disc (ala xbox 360 & ps3)


well that's pretty much confirmed then, WTH was the article talking about then?
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#15Logical_OnePosted 11/19/2012 11:34:08 AM
The disk must still be inserted in the console (X360/PS3) to play retail disk-based games saved on the HDD.
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#16shawnboutonPosted 11/19/2012 11:38:26 AM
will the game play on hdd if you download a game from eshop? you wont have a disc?
#171shadetail1Posted 11/19/2012 11:38:46 AM
Poopcorn13 posted...
lolwhutnubies posted...
You cannot copy a game from retail disc to hdd and play without disc (ala xbox 360 & ps3)

Having a 360, this is not entirely true. You still need the disc in order to play the game on your HDD. This is so close-quarters piracy is not possible.

Uh, hold on. You say what he said is "not entirely true", but then you go on to confirm what he said. Please clarify?
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#18SimpleCRIPPLEPosted 11/19/2012 11:41:42 AM
Logical_One posted...
The disk must still be inserted in the console (X360/PS3) to play retail disk-based games saved on the HDD.



Didn't realize you could install disc games to the HDD like you could on 360.

I know the 2 games i downloaded last night from the eShop downloaded to my HDD by default, even though i still have the 25GB of system memory left. The both play fine from the USB HDD.
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#19ChargrilledPosted 11/19/2012 11:43:52 AM
lolwhutnubies posted...
Yes you can play from USB hdd.
You CANNOT play from:
sd card or flash drives [thumb drive, usb stick etc]

I know from:
I have my WD 500gb passport hooked up to my wii U, i have NSMBU & scribble naughts on it.


What you cannot do:

You cannot copy a game from retail disc to hdd and play without disc (ala xbox 360 & ps3)


You cant do that on ps3 or 360 either. Disk has to remain in the drive.
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#20BufkusPosted 11/19/2012 11:44:27 AM
This is why I bought all of my games off the eshop (Mario, ZombiU so far). So I can play them without needing the disc. And the games are downloaded to the external HDD automatically. I haven't bothered trying to copy a game to the internal flash memory. I'm not sure if it'd make a difference or not. Besides the initial game loading, load times during play are pretty fast or nonexistent.

Now I just hope my external HDD doesn't die. I've had a bad track record with those (every external HDD I've ever owned eventually died).