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Audio reason for Titanfall's titanic install size

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We are almost ready for Titanfall. Sure, South Africa isn’t officially getting it, but that doesn’t mean much thanks to the fact that digital downloads are still available. But prepare your PC for the 49GB install – why so big? It’s so you can hear all the pew pew sounds.

For those who wish to play Titanfall, yes, you can go to our friends at EVO Points and get a code for download. These aren’t region locked, so you don’t have to pretend to be American – you can’t do the accent anyway. However, you’d better prepare a Titan-sized space on your hard drive for the install, coming in at 49GB. The Xbox One version, by comparison, is only 17GB. So, why the big difference? According to Respawn lead engineer, Richard Baker, it’s part of making sure the game works on older, slower or less capable machines.

We have audio we either download or install from the disc, then we uncompress it. We probably could have had audio decompress off disc but we were a little worried about min spec and the fact that a two-core machine would dedicate a huge chunk of one core to just decompressing audio.

So… it’s almost all audio… On a higher PC it wouldn’t be an issue. On a medium or moderate PC, it wouldn’t be an issue, it’s that on a two-core [machine] with where our min spec is, we couldn’t dedicate those resources to audio.

That’s right, you’re installing 35GB of uncompressed audio to make sure that the CPU isn’t dealing with decoding audio. It makes sense, and I’m sure people like Darryn appreciate that even low spec machines can run Titanfall just fine. Clever move, Respawn. Now, if only there was a way to work around our internet infrastructure.

Last Updated: March 12, 2014

55 Comments

  1. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 12, 2014 at 09:24

    49GB O_o So the download will be finished by the time it officially gets released in SA?

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    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 12, 2014 at 09:58

      Oh snap!

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 12, 2014 at 09:59

        20k comments dude. Wow. Cause for celebrations!

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  2. Corporal Stick

    March 12, 2014 at 09:27

    49 gb .. WOW!

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 12, 2014 at 09:30

      In the near future that will be average.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    March 12, 2014 at 09:32

    Two core machines? Surely no one uses those anymore being master race and all.

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 12, 2014 at 09:33

      Some of us peasants still have dual cores.

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      • Hammersteyn

        March 12, 2014 at 09:37

        Dammit you are holding your High Kings and Barons back.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 12, 2014 at 09:38

          Good suffer!

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 12, 2014 at 09:49

            That’s not very nice. After all we did for you too.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 09:58

            Tanya doesn’t appreciate the gods.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 12, 2014 at 10:00

            Ye gods are a lie!

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 10:01

            You’ll remember you said that when the we won’t let you through the gates of master race heaven.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 12, 2014 at 10:03

            Good, your gates would probably need an upgrade anyway πŸ˜›

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 10:04

            They might, but we won’t deny people entry just because of their age or culture though.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 12, 2014 at 10:07

            PC “master race” pull a fast one over others, of course not!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 12, 2014 at 10:15

            I can picture it now. Poor little Rince standing in the snow, cold wind ruffling his hair. Pressed up tightly against the gate, trying to force his way between the bars and then his tongue gets stuck to one of them.

            Actually, even if he was entitled to be let in I wouldn’t, just so I could see that & laugh and laugh.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 10:17

            He’d see a magical world with high def views, large environments without loading zones and everyone inside will be multitasking.

            Poor Master Rince. I almost feel sorry for him.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 12, 2014 at 10:18

            Exactly, and he’ll be stuck out there along with the Apple users. A fate worse than death.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 10:19

            Sheesh man. That’s a bit harsh though. I don’t think he deserves to be left there with them. No one does.

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 12, 2014 at 10:34

            O_O teh horrorsssss

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 12, 2014 at 10:00

            Lol

      • DrKiller

        March 12, 2014 at 09:58

        why so 2005 bro?

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        • Admiral Chief of comments

          March 12, 2014 at 09:58

          lolz

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    • Kromas

      March 12, 2014 at 09:38

      It is not that fact that it is capable of running on a two core machine but rather that he calls a dual core CPU a two core CPU. Now I have to go take a drive in my quad wheel drive vehicle. πŸ˜›

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      • Hammersteyn

        March 12, 2014 at 09:40

        I bet none of the lower end machines has frame rate issues like the BONE

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        • Kromas

          March 12, 2014 at 09:41

          If you use a two core machine i bet your running the game in 360p πŸ˜›

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 12, 2014 at 09:41

          Aren’t those the same thing? πŸ˜‰

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          • Hammersteyn

            March 12, 2014 at 09:41

            Bwahahaha, you said it not me.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 12, 2014 at 10:08

            Eish πŸ˜‰

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 10:10

            Nice

  4. TiMsTeR1033

    March 12, 2014 at 09:35

    So what system specs can run Titanfail *cough* I mean fall.

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  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 12, 2014 at 09:36

    How about I skip the audio download & play it with subtitles?

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 09:38

      “pew pew pew pew pew pew DLC pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew DLC pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew EA pew pew pew pew pew pew pew”

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 12, 2014 at 09:43

        But I want English subtitles. Do I have to pay extra?

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  6. Kromas

    March 12, 2014 at 09:40

    Have they not heard about this brand new technology called mp3. πŸ˜›

    Also with quality sound like that I hope it is fully capable of playing on 9.1 surround sound.

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  7. Anon A Mouse

    March 12, 2014 at 09:50

    There is already a patch on the way for the Bone so I’m sure that will make it level with the PC download then.

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    • Pieter Kruger

      March 12, 2014 at 09:54

      Patch is for everyone me thinks, addresses server stability and speed. Respawn doing everything right it seems, also scoffing the idea of unlockable DLC on disk! Gotta love them!

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      • RinceIsIngwer

        March 12, 2014 at 10:02

        You can’t play from the disk, you are in SA remember.

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        • Pieter Kruger

          March 12, 2014 at 10:06

          Yes, you can play from the disk in SA, you just need to get it here! Hell, with local download speeds it might actually be faster just to get the game disk from Amazon rather than to opt for a digital copy!

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          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 12, 2014 at 10:11

            If you can play the disks in SA why is everyone loosing their minds over EA saying it won’t come out in SA? I thought the only way to get the game was digital through someone like Evo.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 10:14

            What are these “disks” you people speak of?

          • Pieter Kruger

            March 12, 2014 at 10:20

            I know right? The problem is nothing, will be playing Titanfall on the Xbone this weekend if Telkom and Eskom play their parts…….

  8. DrKiller

    March 12, 2014 at 09:59

    Imagine you used Mweb to download this game… They’ll throttle you even before your legal download is done…

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 12, 2014 at 09:59

      Oh, don’t remind me of those dark times.

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    • Maxiviper117

      March 13, 2014 at 09:44

      God forsake their damn throttling

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  9. RinceIsIngwer

    March 12, 2014 at 09:59

    Wow, insane size, for audio? I expect them to be making the sounds in my damn living room at that size.

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 12, 2014 at 10:00

      You only use a quarter of them. You’ll need to pay EA to have the rest unlocked.

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      • DrKiller

        March 12, 2014 at 10:00

        LOL!

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  10. DrKiller

    March 12, 2014 at 10:00

    So now I am curious… How can we take advantage of this “uncompressed 35GB audio”? The person that is going to use headphones should be shot!

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  11. Ifunga Ndana

    March 12, 2014 at 10:08

    The option to download compressed or uncompressed audio would be nice >_>

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 12, 2014 at 10:18

      EA doesn’t care much for what would be nice for their customers.

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  12. Wyzak

    March 12, 2014 at 10:48

    It would have been a clever move IF it only decompressed the audio required for your PC and not all of the different types of audio that you might ever need and for any hardware. This is sloppy.

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  13. Kensei Seraph

    March 12, 2014 at 11:20

    I think some of the retailers are looking into getting physical copies brought in.

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  14. CypherGate

    March 12, 2014 at 13:38

    how about adding some decompressed textures to that figure.

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