Benefits of installing Xbox 360 games to the hard drive

Installing games to your Xbox 360 hard drive gives you many benefits, including faster load times, less wear and tear on the console itself, and a quieter running system. Also, although I do not know exact numbers, significant power savings are achieved by not requiring the disc to constantly spin while playing games. Although you must still have the disc in the drive to start the game I still prefer to install my games to the hard drive for all of these benefits.
There are some games that are designed to stream data from the disc and have been specifically engineered to be played off of the disc. RockStar first said this with Grand Theft Auto IV, and have continued that suggestion by explaining that GTA5 has an install disc, but you should NOT install the Play Disc. Still, overall, I find installing games pretty beneficial – large, open world games may be the one exception, but it certainly won’t do any real harm if you install the games!

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Did Microsoft's Lisbon Experience reveal unannounced Windows 8 features?

In April, Microsoft held the Microsoft Lisbon Experience, a special event in Portugal celebrating their 20 years of having a subsidiary office there. It gave the Portuguese and visitors from around the globe a chance to meet and talk about Microsoft’s upcoming technologies. In the video below, we get a behind the scenes look at planning and setting up the physical space that was used for the “LXE” as they called it. What I find interesting are the few tidbits, like the swimming “beta” fish animation – it looks as though Microsoft may be planning some sort of “Live Desktop” features for Windows 8 that they haven’t announced, yet? See what else you might be able to spot in the brief video on Microsoft Portugal’s Youtube channel, video embedded below.