Gosh, look at how much extra space we now have for more Rock Band DLC!

Gosh, look at how much extra space we now have for more Rock Band DLC!

Word on the street, from people beta-testing the new Xbox 360 dashboard update, is that it significantly reduces the size of hard-drive game installs. It doesn’t retroactively make them smaller, if you’ve already installed games to the HDD for faster load-times, but if you re-install them, the new dash apparently removes a lot of dummy data that is not needed.

Some games, like King of Fighters XII and Raiden Fighters Aces, went from a 3.4GB install to only 703MB and 484MB respectively. The update allows the system to be much more efficient in selecting what non-essential data to put on the hard-drive, and while that results in many games not taking up as much space, some games like Fable 2 are no smaller being installed post-update.

The new dashboard update – due soon out now – reportedly improves load-times of the NXE dashboard and a host of other bug fixes, but doesn’t include the Facebook and Twitter integration we’re all secretly hoping for. Even so, being able to save a few megabytes on game installs means you can install more games to the HDD, and that’s not a bad thing.

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