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Next-gen installs will take up a lot of space

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I’m both excited for, and disillusioned by the next generation of consoles. Mostly, I’m excited by the games – but I’m disenchanted by the fact that they’re becoming so much more like PC’s, in that every single game you play will have to be installed. And it seems like those installs will eat a ton of  your hard drive space.

The folks at NeoGAF have collated all the game install sizes – and here’s how much each of the Xbox One launch titles takes up. 


  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 20GB
  • Battlefield 4 – 33GB
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts – 39GB
  • Crimson Dragon – ?
  • Dead Rising 3 – 19GB
  • FIFA 14 – 8GB
  • Fighter Within – 9.2GB
  • Forza Motorsport 5 – 31GB
  • Just Dance 2014 – 22GB
  • Killer Instinct – 2.4GB / 3.4GB for full install, can play after downloading 2.4GB
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes – ?
  • Lococycle – 13GB
  • Madden NFL 25 – 12GB
  • NBA 2K14 – 43GB
  • NBA Live 14 – 9GB
  • Need for Speed: Rivals – ?
  • Powerstar Golf – 3.9GB
  • Ryse: Son of Rome – 34GB
  • Skylanders: Swap Force – 15GB
  • Xbox Fitness – 246MB
  • Zoo Tycoon – 2.6GB
  • Zumba: World Party – 24GB



By my calculation, that’s three quarters of the Xbox One’s hard drive, just on launch games – so you’ll soon wish you could upgrade the thing. Unfortunately, you can’t.

Neither console is capable of playing games straight off the disc. But while installs are mandatory on Sony’s machine as well, at least they give you the option to replace the drive as you see fit. And while Xbox One games can’t be played as they’re being installed just yet allow you to start playing once you’ve installed half the game , the PS4 reportedly allows you to start playing within seconds to minutes. Knack, which has a 37Gb mandatory installation will apparently start playing 10 seconds after the disc is in the machine.

Neither console is capable of playing games straight off the disc.

Also, take a gander at those file sizes. If the Xbox One were to be a purely digital system as was originally intended, we in SA would have to wait ages to play games.

Last Updated: November 12, 2013

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