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Borderlands’ Handsome Collection has an 8GB day 1 patch [Update – it’s 16GB on Xbox One]

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Day one patches are annoying. As a consumer, it’s tiresome that just about every single game isn’t something you can play as soon as you get it. Instead of jumping in to a games – especially a multiplayer one – players now have to sit and wait for patches to download and install instead. The Borderlands: Handsome collection is out this week, and it’s yet another game with a startlingly large Day one patch.

Just how big? 8.31GB big. That’s bigger than either of the games included in the package were on the Xbox 360, and it’s just the size of the day one patch of the game on the PS4. We have no idea how big the Xbox One patch is, but it’ll be about the same. Why? The Pre-Sequel’s Claptastic Voyage DLC wasn’t completed in time to include on the disc, so it’s being dished out as a download. The patch also includes the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2. Frankly, as it’s a remaster, I think they should have just delayed it.

[Update] The day one patch is a whopping 16GB on Xbox One.

On the last generation of consoles, it cost developers “tens of thousands of dollars” to patch their games. It means Indie developers like Tim Schafer and Fez Developer Polytron were more than a little reluctant to patch their games. Even large publishers patched less frequently, as each new certification for a patch would effectively eat away a chunk of income. Late in the generation, the certification fee was waived for indie games and that..generosity…has carried through, meaning it would cost developers nothing to patch their games. That may have been to consumers’ detriment, because just about every game now launches with a great big day one patch.

For those who have great big tubes connected to the internet it’s hardly a bother, while those of us in the third world might often take days to download 8GB.

Last Updated: March 26, 2015


  1. CuddlesaurusRex

    March 26, 2015 at 07:39

    Why don’t they just delay the bloody game. I can understand if something was missed and they do a quick fix for it but an 8G day one patch is actually redonkulous!


    • Viking Of Science

      March 26, 2015 at 07:48

      Publishers don’t care anymore. Their view: “It’s 2015, of course everyone has uncapped internet now!”


      • CuddlesaurusRex

        March 26, 2015 at 07:50

        A sad state of affairs indeed.


    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      March 26, 2015 at 07:49

      But if they do that it’ll move day-one sales into the next financial quarter & the shareholders won’t be happy. You have to understand their point of view… in which you don’t matter.


      • CuddlesaurusRex

        March 26, 2015 at 07:52

        I do understand. I work in a corporate style company and I get that the only thing that matters is the bottom line. Problem is the gaming industry is an artistic one and art cannot operate on tight deadlines and sales targets. Only the artist really knows when the work is done and there in lies the problem. You have suits dictating the time lines when there shouldn’t really be any.


        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          March 26, 2015 at 07:55

          The MBAs are running the asylum.


        • Viking Of Science

          March 26, 2015 at 07:56

          Poor, Naïve Cuddlesaurus, The AAA gaming
          industry hasn’t been “artistic” since 2007, when the Big Publishers took risks
          on new IPs. It’s More corporate than
          Hollywood. More Soulless than Insurance.


          • CuddlesaurusRex

            March 26, 2015 at 07:58

            Hahaha. Im not naive man. All i’m saying is it SHOULD be artistic. I totally agree with what you saying.

    • Melasco

      March 26, 2015 at 10:16

      3 Words: “Financial Year End”


  2. Jaded_Reprobate

    March 26, 2015 at 07:44

    Yo developers….


  3. Ryanza

    March 26, 2015 at 07:59

    Publishers are using day 1 patches and day 1 dlc to get the gaming masses to accept internet so that they can implement DRM on consoles.
    The reaction Microsoft got for it’s heavy DRM plans. Now the industry is fighting back with Day 1 patch fixes, Day 1 DLC, free games, ect.

    Don’t Support DRM.


    • Ryanza

      March 26, 2015 at 08:09

      Cause remember that publishers and developers went after the second-hand market. Blaming the second-hand market for loss in sales…

      Too much information to get into and too damn early in the day. I’ll say this. The Witcher 3 is developed by just over 200 people and will be released without DRM. Pirates and second-hand didn’t stop The Witcher from selling over 8 million copies. Pirates and second-hand didn’t over staff and over spend on marketing.


  4. Dutch Matrix

    March 26, 2015 at 08:03

    First they give us a REMASTER. Then an 8GB patch on day one? And they want me to fork out cash for that? Bite Me!


  5. Hammersteyn

    March 26, 2015 at 08:10

    Next gen FTW


  6. Ir0nseraph

    March 26, 2015 at 08:10

    The patch is mostly free DLC , so even though downloading it might be a pain, it’s still free so I can live with it.
    The witcher 3 is releasing free DLC , you will need to download that too.


  7. ultraviolet

    March 26, 2015 at 08:20

    i hope there is some info on the box for those people who are getting the game but there console is not always online


  8. Loftus

    March 26, 2015 at 08:38

    That’s it I’m calling shenanigans on this day 1 patches!


  9. Sageville

    March 26, 2015 at 10:03

    GAwd, I’m getting this, but I’ll need to wait till my cap is refreshed.

    8 Gig is no laffin matter.


    • Kazma

      March 26, 2015 at 11:41

      They will probably fix this in later versions of the discs so just wait for that


      • Sageville

        March 26, 2015 at 12:07

        Did you say “wait”???

        What madness is this!!


  10. Lothy

    March 26, 2015 at 11:03

    Why not just make the game available on steam a day earlier allowing it to be patched for the actual release?


  11. Rock789

    March 26, 2015 at 11:55

    Oh ffs!!

    **cancels pre-order – bugger off Gearbox!**


  12. Weasek

    March 27, 2015 at 13:08

    I spent 7 hours downloading the patch, trys to install, fails, trys downloading it again rather than just re run the install. I live in Australia, the land of the shit internet and shit internet plans. For god sakes the pre squeal was made in Australia they know we have this problem. If I try downloading it again there goes 1/2 of my download limit for the month screw you 2K, last game I buy and I WILL be wanting a refund


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