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Blimey, You're Going to Need a Lot of Bandwidth to Download Killzone: Shadow Fall

Posted by Sammy Barker

More storage required than a Helghast's holdall, too

The digital future is reportedly right around the corner, but you’re going to need a connection faster than a supercharged Concorde to take advantage of it. Chatting with, SCEUK’s managing director Fergal Gara has hinted that Killzone: Shadow Fall will consume around 50GBs of your PlayStation 4’s brand spanking hard-drive disk. Ouch.

Quizzed about the future of digital downloads, the executive explained that the delivery mechanism is on the cusp of snowballing in popularity. “First of all, [digital] is definitely going to grow as a means of consumption,” he said. “And there are big innovations in the PS4 to make it more attractive and easier gamer-wise to want to download.”

The ‘Play as you Download’ functionality built into the next generation console is a good example of this, as it will allow you to actually experience content as it’s being pulled from the PlayStation Network. The problem, Gara notes, is that file sizes are escalating dramatically. “Killzone: Shadow Fall is an uber file – I think it’s cracking on for 50GB,” he exclaimed. “It looks it, too, when you see it.”

Candid as always, the gaffer was keen to note that even with the simultaneous download feature, the procedure will still be “relatively tedious” on the PS4. “It's not perfect; it's not seamless,” he explained, adding that the digital files need to go through additional testing in order to ensure that they operate correctly.

Despite all of this, though, Gara reckons that we will see some massive improvements over the PlayStation 3. “The network will perform better on multiple levels, because it becomes not just a sales or gaming delivery [platform] but increasingly it becomes a social network,” he added. “So it's got to be a compelling experience on multiple levels.”

He concluded: “It's going to be for no lack of investment, for no lack of effort, and no lack of intention that things might fall a bit short. But we're definitely moving in the right direction.” The company’s going to have to as well, as it can no longer fall back on the fact that the PSN is free to make up for its shortcomings.


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User Comments (13)



Visiblemode said:

Annnnnnnd thus my skepticism of an all digital future for game distribution.

Just wait for the power of Microsoft's cloud! That'll fix it! Ugh.



divinelite said:

Outside US,jJapan, singapore, and super high speed country, it's basically not possible then...



rjejr said:

On my connection that I consider to be fast enough it would still take about 8 - 10 hours. Ild honestly be afraid to leave my new $400 system on continually for that long. I think 12Gb hws been my max so far, and I may have paused that halfway thru.



InsertNameHere said:

Looks like I won't be remote playing Shadow Fall. At least this proves that an all digital future is further away than people think.



Ps4all said:

Uncharted 3 and Metal Gear Solid 4 on ps3 both took up 50 gb. I expect titles like the Witcher to come on multiple blu-rays and require one disc to install, hence the 500 gb harddrive. I don't know why this is a shock, if the system is 10x more powerful that means file size will increase as well, just like every previous gen.



Madd_Hatter401 said:

I'm a physical guy myself and with files this size... Yea it will continue to be that way, nevermind my digital copy of GTA V is riddled with texture problems. Digital may be the future so I'll have doc on standby with the delorien for when that day comes



Jaz007 said:

On the bright side this means that an all digital future is even farther away.



charlesnarles said:

Just get a 2 tb hdd (or bigger if it lets us) and embrace your digitized destiny. We're not even at the cusp of the tech we'll see over the next 10 or so years, when your Sony smartphone glasses can play your ps5 games. I like digital; I have over 60 full ps3 games on mine, and it's awesome. Don't be sad about upgrading the tech in your life



Epic said:

It took me 1.5 days to download Infamous 2 digitaly and it was only 12 gigabytes, without counting it got corrupted once. For a 50 gigabyte download it would take me more than 1 week it doesn't get corrupted. T_T

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