Storage  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Storage  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Why Monster Hunter: World's Small File Size is a Big Deal Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:57:28 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

The file size of games has been a growing discussion for a few years now, and recent news about Monster Hunter: World’s smaller than expected file size has reignited the conversation about the importance of file size. Two major hurdles gamers face when downloading bigger games are the limitations of their internet and the hardware they have available to them.

Taking AAA games from 2007-2008 like BioShock, Fallout 3, or Call of Duty: World at War, and comparing their file sizes of roughly 4 to 8 GB to similar AAA games today like Prey, Horizon: Zero Dawn, or Call of Duty: WW2with file sizes of around 35 to 45 GB, we see that games are four to ten times bigger than they were a decade ago. Over that same span of time, the rate at which internet speeds have increased is only about half, with speeds today about five times as fast, at best, as they were a decade ago. That means games are taking longer to download now than they did a decade ago. With the game industry’s foray into 4K content, and the added file size that comes with those upgrades, the size of a game and download speeds are going to become more important than ever to gamers. This is why smaller games like Overwatch, Rocket League, and Monster Hunter: World will have a large advantage over bigger games in their ability to remain one of the select few games that don’t get deleted from a console to make room for new games.

According to the Akami’s State of the Internet report, average internet speeds in the U.S. for Q1 Of 2017 were 18.7 Mbps, while average peak speeds were 86.5 Mbps. Using these two numbers as an approximation, a game that is around 40 GB like Horizon: Zero Dawn could take between 1 and 4.5 hours to download before any patches or DLC also need to be downloaded. That’s a long time if you’re waiting for a friend to download that new Call of Duty so you can play together on day one. These downloads could take even longer if bandwidth is being used elsewhere to watch Netflix or play another game while waiting for the download to finish. A lot of these issues apply to mobile gaming too ( estimated mobile speeds averaged about ⅓ the speed of fixed internet), especially when it comes to data caps. If consumers have to decide between two games and are approaching their monthly allowance of data with an Internet Service Provider (ISP), they may opt for the smaller game to not risk overage fees from their provider.

Some of you might even be thinking, "Why not just fork over a little extra cash for better speeds and forget about it?" Well, in many areas, especially rural areas, there may only be one ISP available in the area or limited infrastructure that prevents higher speeds from being reasonably obtainable. These limitations can often be used as an excuse to price gouge consumers living in those areas if they want competitive internet speeds.

Another obstacle people face is making sure they have enough space on their hardware for the games and apps they want to install. Nintendo Switch made the news at launch when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took up 13.4 of its 32 GB of internal storage. That’s more than 40% of the space on the console.The first upgrade to consoles that console makers often advertise is an increase in storage size, like Microsoft did by increasing the 500 GB capacity of the Xbox One to 1TB in 2015.

Legend of Zelda: BOTW made news when it was announced it would take up more than 40% of the Nintendo Switch's internal storage.

Without buying external hard drives or microSD cards, consumers are often left with the task of trimming down their digital game collection to make room for new games and DLC. I spent months constantly deleting apps and pictures from my phone to continuously make room for Hearthstone’s latest updates until I ultimately had to delete the game because it was just too big. This is potentially a major problem for developers. If somebody deems a game not worthy of the space to keep around, then that game’s player base could dwindle, and the game could stop earning money. For example, while I enjoyed playing Hearthstone, I don’t play it anymore, which means that I’m not spending more money on card packs.

Why does any of this matter? The era of digital gaming is growing, and as more gamers begin to convert their physical collections to digital ones, storage space will pop up more often as an issue. For developers and publishers, now is the perfect time to promote well made smaller games that can compete with the top dogs.

Going forward, don’t be surprised if you see an advertisement saying something along the lines of “This game coming soon, now only 20 GB!” And remember, bigger doesn’t always mean better. While it’s true that a bigger file size indicates more assets and potentially more to do in a game, there have been several standout games that are smaller. Stardew Valley, Rocket League, PUBG, and Dark Souls III combined come in at less than 40 GB. The Game Awards' GOTY award for the past two years has gone to Overwatch and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; both games take less than 20 GB of space.


What are your thoughts about a game's file size? Do you prefer one big game or several smaller ones? How do download speeds affect your gaming? Let us know on twitter and the comments below!

PS4 update 3.00 has live stream features & 10GB storage Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:46:01 -0400 Andrea Koenig

It will take a while for all PlayStation 4 users to get their hands on it, but PlayStation update 3.00, codenamed "Kenshin," is now available to members of the PS4 beta program as of September 1. 

Most update features are in hopes of helping PS4 users connect with their fellow gamers. Not all updates have been released, likely for that reason, but the PlayStation blog has released some of the highlights.

  • Online storage capacity is increased from 1GB to 10GB for all PS Plus members and a usage meter to monitor your storage.
  • Live stream your gameplay to YouTube and YouTube Gaming apps and websites.
  • Send and receive "Request to Watch" notifications to observe gameplay and start a live broadcast.
  • See what your friends are playing, join their games, and create a party with Now Playing / What's New.
  • Quickly access users you play with the most with Favorite Groups in the Friends app.
  • Be notified of any special events, activities, and official broadcasts for your favorite games in a new Event Hub.
  • Connect and share with other users via Communities.
  • Share 10 second video clips to Twitter.
  • The Live from PlayStation app has been updated for easier access to live broadcasts.
  • Use stickers in chat.

PlayStation did mention that there is a chance that not all of these features will make it to the final launch.

This beta release comes along side a public PlayStation Store app update that introduce several games, themes, bring back DIRECTV NFL Sunday Tickets, introduce a trailer for the upcoming premiere of Hand of God (ft. Ron Pearlman) on Amazon Video, and release all 27 episodes of Gurren Lagann to Crackle.

Details on The Taken King and VAULT SPACE Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:04:50 -0400 Ainyan

Bungie released a slew of information on Destiny's newest expansion, The Taken King, during a Twitch stream on August 19th, 2015. DeeJ, joined by Tyson Green and Mark Noseworthy, took us on a tour around the new Tower.

Fielding questions from a live studio audience as well as the internet via Cosmo, the trio gave us a quick and comprehensive rundown of some of the new systems we can expect to see in The Taken King.


  • Your Ghost will now store your Quests and Bounties, holding up to 32 Quests and 16 Bounties at one time.
  • Your Ghost will also allow you to turn in bounties right from the menu.
  • Collections have been added: Specific storage for Emblems, Shaders, Ships, and Ghosts. Any collectible found will be stored in the appropriate collection; the collection will also show what you are missing.
  • Single Mark currency: Legendary Marks. All Vanguard and Crucible Marks will become Legendary Marks, which are account wide.
  • Exotic Blueprints allows you access to all Year 1 and Year 2 exotics collected. You can also see which ones you are missing.
  • You can 'print copies' of Year 1 exotics for a shard and some glimmer; copies of Year 2 exotics cost Legendary Marks.
  • Only some Year 1 exotics will carry over to Year 2 - those Year 2 exotics will be automatically obtainable through Exotic Blueprints if the player has the base Year 1 model.

  • The Speaker will sell new class items and ghost shells, each with a set of perks.
  • The Cryptarch will sell Legendary Engrams for Legendary Marks.
  • The Weaponsmith will have a reputation, and at certain reputation ranks you can place an order for a legendary weapon that will be delivered the following Wednesday.
  • Legendary and Exotic Items can be 'infused'; items with more power/defense but worse perks can be consumed to buff the power/defense on a lower item with better perks.
  • The perks that make Exotics special will now be baseline - no more need to unlock them.
  • Dismantling new Legendaries will have a chance to give back Legendary Marks as well as Weapon/Armor parts.

  • You will select which reputation you're representing by talking to the quartermaster.
  • You can change reputations once a week.
  • Reputations will carry over from Year 1.
  • The Weaponmaster will now have a reputation, which will earn you the right to place more Foundry orders as you gain in ranks.
  • Reputation quartermasters allow you to trade in crafting materials, motes of light, and ammo syntheses for reputation.
  • Reputation gear requires Legendary Marks to purchase.

That about wraps up this reveal; stay tuned next week, Bungie will be running the Dreadnaught Strike against the Cabal on August 26th, 2015 at 11am PDT, and the following Wednesday, September 2nd, they will be discussing the Court of Oryx.

Wait. What?

Oh yes.


72 weapon slots. 72 armor slots. 36 general slots. The ability to store unused exotic armor via the Exotic Blueprint system. Collections for Ships, Shaders, Emblems, and more.


I'll bet we manage to fill it up within the first month. If you'd like to take me up on that wager, or have any other comments or question, ask below!

Recent 2.2 GB Witcher 3 ARTBOOK and MAPS update is optional Thu, 09 Jul 2015 06:05:06 -0400 OrganisedDinosaur

CD Projekt Red recently released a large 2.2 GB update for The Witcher 3 for the PC. It contains non-essentials for many players such as wallpapers and language options for menus. This is a large amount of storage space for an update that many if not most users will never use.

Fortunately, deleting the patch is no problem and does not affect the game in any negative way. Other than the irritation of downloading a large patch only to delete it a moment later (as expressed by Reddit user madne3ss795 who posted his findings on safely deleting the patch), there are no consequences to be endured. The files in question are the ARTBOOK, MAPS, and MANUAL folders.

While 2.2 GB may not seem like a huge amount, many PC gamers prefer to use SSD drives for the speed benefits. This storage option is extremely expensive compared to regular hard drives and a gamer can very quickly fill up a large and very pricey SSD. For many, 2.2 GB ends up being a bigger piece of the storage pie chart than you might think. The knowledge that you can safely delete those 2.2 gigs and still enjoy The Witcher 3 to the fullest may come in handy for space-saving gamers.

Gifts for the Tabletop Gamer with Everything Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:32:20 -0500 Landon Sommer


Add a personal touch. Probably one of the best gifts I've ever gotten was from a friend that painted my vipers for my frequently used copy of Battlestar Galactica. They normally come in a plain plastic gray color. If you don't have much money to spend, but a little skill instead, painting minis for a board game really can make the game stand out.


Tackle Boxes like this one aren't just for fishing. Gamers have adopted them for their own uses. Some players go so far as to toss the original box and put it all in one of these. Games like War of the Ring and Descent usually won't fit in their original box once all the expansions are thrown in.


Give them something to carry it in. The above messenger bag is one specifically made by Battle Foam for the Iron Kingdoms RPG. Any Messenger bag would help out an RPG gamer. Several bookbags are big enough to hold RPG books or a board game or two.


Battlefoam creates trays for several games already. Privateer Press, Wyrd, and Cool Mini or Not are just a few companies that have contracted custom trays with Battlefoam. If you don't think one will fit your gamers needs, you can use the Custom Tray Creator to make your own. Get a few dimensions for card decks, tokens, and game boards and make it the right size for the box and you'll have a very happy gamer.


First player markers. Some games have that wimpy token that looks like it was just there to fill out the cardboard sheet. Some games, like Twilight Imperium, just need a player marker in the first place. It's such a good idea that Gale Force Nine encouraged players to get a dinosaur as a marker for their Firefly game and asked players to take a picture. They handed out a special promotional card to those that did.


Upgrade the tokens! Several card games have lousy cardboard tokens. Depending on the quality, they could bend and tear with little effort. For those games, I bring you the Fantasy Flight game tokens. They come in several different colors, allowing you to grab red for wounds, gold or silver for money, and many other uses based on color.


Sleeves. Some games get played. Great games get played a lot. A board game will start to show its wear over time, but an excellent way to keep them from aging so quickly is to sleeve the cards that come in the set. Not sure what size to get? Fantasy Flight marks the back of their boxes so you know exactly what size and how many you need! Just check the back of the box the next time you play. Say you're looking for instructions or something. In addition to protecting those cards, they can be used to add a little flair to the game by introducing art sleeves, like the ones above. A load of different card sleeves can be picked up at Cool Stuff Inc for $1-5 a pack based on quality and art.


Plenty of games come with the minimum necessary number of dice to keep the game... er... rolling. A lot of time can be wasted just looking for the one D8 that came in Battlestar Galactica. Sometimes it's just another D6 that can really help out. The dice above are from Super Dungeon Explore and, fortunately, CoolMiniorNot offers a pack full to reduce time searching for them. Fantasy Flight Games offers packs like this for Star Wars: X-wing and Descent as well. Dice sets usually run $10-15 for most custom dice sets and many can be found at sites like Cool Stuff Inc. or a nearby game store if you prefer local.


Does your tabletop gamer already have all the games you can think of? Don't want to buy a game they might not like? How about upgrading their game instead?