Call of Duty is Just Too Dang Big

Based on a recently published article from Game Informer, Call of Duty’s file size has reached insane proportions. By doing some quick research, including finding this article from Polygon, it appears that the install size of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone in tandem could potentially be up to 280GB+ of data sitting on your console’s hard drive.

Presumably the massive file size is heavily taken up by high resolution assets. This begs the question, how will the next generation of Xbox/PlayStation be able to deal with this intense requirement while also touting storage access speed as a defining feature? With games being developed for quick read times, the option to add more storage seems impossible.

Additionally, there are still large portions of the United States and globally that have both internet data caps or limited access to high speed internet connectivity. Will something have to give fidelity wise in order to accommodate the average person’s networkability?

Update – 12:16PM 2-26-2021
This confirmation from Polygon explains that the full installs for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone and too big to fit into the 500GB standard PS4 size.

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