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Is Wolfenstein: The New Order's 47GB Install a Sign of Things to Come?

The trend of large mandatory installs in console gaming seems to be getting worse as the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Wolfenstein: The New Order require 47GB of hard drive space for disc play.

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At some point in the previous generation of consoles, game installs became a common way for developers to improve performance. However, what began as an optional feature in titles such as Gran Turismo 4 and Final Fantasy XIII is quickly becoming the standard in console gaming, at least when it comes to AAA titles.

The amount of install space required steadily increased in the previous console generation as we went from 5GB for games such as Metal Gear Solid 4 and Fallout New Vegas to 8GB for titles like Rage and Grand Theft Auto V. Now with the Xbox One and PS4 the current generation of consoles seems to be taking this to another level.

According to the requirements published by Bethesda Softworks on the company's blog, their newest title, Wolfenstein: The New Order, will require 47GB of hard drive space on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.  Similar to Grand Theft Auto V, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will require 8GB of install space. The Xbox 360 version will also be on four separate discs.

Video Games Have Reached a New Level of Resource-Hogging

Image from Polygon.com

The constant push for greater visuals, physics and AI in AAA games has yielded beautiful results, but these titles have a voracious appetite for memory and processing power. Killzone: Shadowfall required 45GB of hard drive space and Titanfall for the Xbox One required 20GB. These figures aren't for downloading the games onto your hard drive but just to be able to play them from the disc.

The entirety of Metal Gear Solid 4 got tons of coverage from the gaming press for filling up a 50GB blu-ray disc in the previous console generation. What does it say that today's AAA games need that much space just to run early into the current generation?

These bloated hard drive requirements are getting out of hand. The Xbox One and PS4 come with 500GB of hard drive space. That would mean that, barring the use of an external hard drive or switching out the stock drive for a higher capacity one, Xbox One and PS4 owners could only have a maximum of 10 games installed at once.

Wolfenstein Showcases Impressive Visuals, At A High Price

Image From Bethesda

It's obvious that developers of AAA titles will keep pushing the envelope and that will lead to larger required installations. Video games are becoming much more expensive as of late, for the developers and the consumers. The insatiable demand for better graphics, faster load times and bigger, more complex environments will lead to greater required installations as this console generation progresses. If the previous generation is anything to go by, Wolfenstein: The New Order will be dwarfed by other titles a year or two from now that are even bigger resource-hogs.

Originally Published May. 5th 2014

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  • 12
    Hobo With A Keyboard 7 months ago
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    I don't think it's so much the size of files for games in their entirety, but moreover the shamefully poor approach that both Xbox One and PS4 have taken to accommodate for such large files in the first place.

    Data storage is increasingly cheap; hell it's damn cheap. Especially with solid state drive now on the market, which has further lowered the prices of your typical hard drive storage.

    It's all relative too. When people were getting 8gb videogames say on the pc, they maybe had storage of 500gb if not less? Now a 2000GB hard drive is not out of the ordinary, and the consoles should be keeping up to at least some respectable standard.

    Also internet speeds are generally a lot better than say ten years ago, so yet again i think there is some relative cohesion between that and the size of downloadable games..

    Mind you my internet is just awful. It will probably take me several days to download this game!
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    Unepitaphed 7 months ago
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    Back in my day, we didnt need these fancy "Installmajigers" for our consoles. We just blew the dust out of the cartridge and slam it into the console!. lol. Personally I feel that we need to work on more efficient gaming engines, rather than more powerful ones. But thats just me.
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    Elijah Beahm 7 months ago
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    I really truly hope not. Because if it is... then I'm just gonna have like 2-3 games installed at a time, what with the rest of my HDD being occupied by stuff for work.