While gamers have yet to make a complete plunge from physical copies of games down to digital, the option to do so has still managed to pick up the pace in recent years. Most games these days are available ina digital flavour, with newer titles even having a pre-load option that saves you the hassle of buying and waiting. Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition on the PlayStation 4 however, is going to make you want to go with a physical copy of the game.
And that’s because the title happens to be fatter than Marlon Brando’s still rotting corpse. According to a post on NeoGAF, and my own observations on our local PSN, the Diablo 3 release that packs in the Reaper Of Souls expansion will set you back around 62.7GB worth of bandwidth. If you’re grabbing the game on the European PS4 storefront that is.
Meanwhile, our American and Australian gamer brethren will have to deal with a 26.1GB instead. So what’s the reason behind the massive size difference for us and the Europeans? Simple, it’s localisation. That’s a resource-intensive process, which throws in more uncompressed audio and I’m guessing other…stuff. I’m just making it all up right now, because I’m plenty confused.
But talk about a generation jump. Diablo 3 on PlayStation 3 was around 8.6GB when downloaded from the PSN store, with the Xbox 360 version being a similar size. So unless you’re rocking a rather hefty line speed, it might be better using the old-school method of visiting a game shop to grab the game.
Hell, it would take me an entire week to download that game on my current connection, something I’m well aware of after having spent two to three days at a time downloading games such as Thief and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.
Last Updated: August 11, 2014