Even as next gen consoles approach with their 1 TB SSDs, that no longer seems like all that much with everyone digitally downloading games now, and their filesizes expanding dramatically in time.
There was a thread on reddit speculating that Cyberpunk 2077, by all accounts a massive game in scope, could be a 200 GB install. But that caused CDPR community lead Marcin Momot to chime in on Twitter to shoot that idea down:
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“While the @CyberpunkGame system requirements are not out yet (they are coming soon, though!), I wanted to address this topic from reddit. The game won’t take up 200GB when installed. You can expect the required HDD space to be on par with other modern titles.”
Pretty much no games take up 200 GB of space short of one very prominent example, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare paired with its Warzone battle royale, and even if you uninstall MW this fall for Cold War, that probably isn’t going to change. But Cyberpunk, however big it may be, will not be that big.
Of course, what “on par” with other modern titles means is anyone’s guess. Destiny 2 is starting to feel the bloat at around 100 GB after two expansions and countless DLCs, so much so that Bungie is literally deleting half the game (temporarily, supposedly) ahead of its new expansion this fall.
I remember back in the day when DOOM came out (the new one, not the ancient one), and that was something like 50-60 GB and everyone freaked out. These days, if anything that’s closer to average for a AAA game, if not under it. Browsing through my PS4 right now, Avengers (even with a disc) is 57 GB, Ghost of Tsushima is slim at 40 GB, Borderlands 3 and 3 DLCs is 90 GB, The Last of Us Part II is 76 GB. Even a “smaller” game like Outer Worlds is 39 GB.
So what’s “on par” here? My guess is somewhere between 70-90 GB for Cyberpunk, though that’s before the no doubt chunky post-launch DLCs that CDPR will make for it, Witcher-style. Supposedly Cyberpunk is not quite as sprawling as The Witcher 3, and that game at release was only about 50 GB of hard drive space, I believe. Though granted that was over five years ago.
It does stand to reason however that those 1 TB hard drives are going to fill up fast on the next generation of consoles, and current gen? Forget about it. I play Destiny, Borderlands and COD with friends still on their 500 GB hard drives and they quite literally have no room to install anything except those three games. For now, my 1 TB SSD I installed is doing okay, but if file size keeps creeping up with next-gen games, that will probably feel just like 500 GB feels soon enough. And then 2 TB will be the next upgrade, and so on.
In short, expect Cyberpunk to be big, but not absurdly big. Not Call of Duty big. System specs soon.
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