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    Can anyone explain what is texture streaming?, or streaming textures?

    I know gears of war uses this tech, and Rachet and clank, but what is texture streaming?, or streaming textures? exactly, if you have comparison pic it would help a lot.

    Thanx

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    Texture streaming just means that the textures are loaded as needed, rather than all cached at the start. It allows more textures be used in a level. If your hardware is a bit dated (or your hard drive too horribly fragmented LOL) you can notice some 'hitching' as those textures are loaded. Some engines, like the Source engine, allow you to force all textures to be pre-cached, but this dramatically increases load times and can cause more problems.

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