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Rumour: Call of Duty: Ghosts Will Command 49GB of Your PS4's Hard Drive

Posted by Rory Cocker

Oh my Dog

We all know that the Call of Duty franchise likes to break all sorts of mindboggling first day sales records, but this time around it seems to have its sights set on something a little bit different: it's gunning for the 'Largest Hard Drive Install for a PlayStation 4 Launch Title' gong.

Yesterday, we brought you the news that Guerrilla Games' gorgeous PS4 debut Killzone: Shadow Fall will eat up a whopping 39.7GB of your console's shiny new hard drive. Up until now, such gargantuan installs had typically been reserved for PC gamers, but it now looks set to become a recurring theme as we head into the next generation of home consoles, as the PS4 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts will supposedly require 49GB of hard drive space.

A picture of the game's Spanish box art was posted to Twitter earlier this week, confirming rather vague support for 'HD' – which Sony has now clarified will be native 1080p – along with that mammoth half-hundred gigabyte install. When it was announced, the 500GB HDD included with every PS4 seemed perfectly ample. Now, we're not so sure.

In truth, there's some confusion over whether you'll be required to install all physical discs, or if it'll be an option. Let's hope that the platform holder clarifies soon, because we're not even sure that a 1TB drive is going to suffice if this becomes standard practice moving forwards.

[via twitter.com, dualshockers.com]

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MrHilster

#1

MrHilster said:

I'm gunna need more than 500GB! It'll probably be all gone by then end of the first 6 months!

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

If you're forced to install every disc-based game that you play — I wasn't aware that this was the case — then this is probably the stupidest thing I've heard about the PS4. Include it as an option, absolutely — but mandatory? What the heck?

Epic

#3

Epic said:

Well the box clearly says that you need at least 49 gigabytes on your hard drive, so this kinda confirms this.

get2sammybAdmin

#4

get2sammyb said:

@Epic It does, but it could be 'mock' information for placeholder box art. I agree that it's not looking good, though.

Epic

#5

Epic said:

@get2sammyb After reading the whole box, its really greatly done to be fake with all the Copyright stuff but we should also consider that this is the limeted edition placeholder box , this might be the space needed to download the Free Fall DLC mentioned in the box.

Scollurio

#6

Scollurio said:

@get2sammyb

The only things really worrying me are:
1) As far as I know the internal HD option of the PS4 supports only up to 1,5 TB, this is unconfirmed though.
2) So far you cannot install/play games onto an external HD via USB 3.0

But I guess if 1) is true, it might be to some hard-wired constraints and if so Im wondering how Sony could have been so shortsighted in that regard when they are so future-proof in all other sectors .

2) will most likely be patched into the system I could imagine. Has to. What for do you have those USB 3.0 ports? Only for movies and music? Sounds odd.

If this resolves itself a tiny bit I think the best option would be:

3) put a 160 GB quick-as-lightning SSD into the system itself as they are reasonably priced and big enough for the system itself and core-apps, then attach a 2 TB 3,5 inch 7.200 rpm disk via USB 3.0 to the PS4 where you store all your games. Modern USB 3.0 connections can reach the speed of an internal SATA 300 drive and even a bit more, so this shouldn't be an issue as the USB 3.0-external-hd solution would surely be quicker than a standard 5.400 rpm disk as it is likely to come with the PS4 out of the box.

Opinions?

Oh and regarding "the internet being ready for such file sizes" - well it depends where you live but as far as I am informed is that LTE or 4G mobile networks are going to be the next bing thing with a way quicker rate of development and deployment over 2014 and those mobile connections will push 250-300 MBIT/s which is like 14 times faster than your standard (A)DSL connection. So I think in the middle of 2015 most of developed countries will have no issues anymore with either deployment or storage of such huge files on your PS4 and until then, the 1TB exchange option for the internal drive seems to have to suffice.

Just opinions though.

MadchesterManc

#10

MadchesterManc said:

To be honest with how much the older CoD's used to destroy the laser in your Ps3 by having constant disk access, an install is needed. I dont mind having to install games to the HDD. If it now means lightning quick load times like I have on my PC then Im all for it.

LDXD

#11

LDXD said:

@BarrettJChris because it would be a huge problem if you're forced to install physical disc and 500gb is clearly not enough space not even close. I hope this isn't true but I'm not planning on getting a ps4 until later on anyway by that time they should have better HDD options

Itachi

#13

Itachi said:

Wow, suddenly 500GB doesn't sound like much at all. At this rate your lucky if you can fit 10 games forget about other software.

Subie98

#14

Subie98 said:

Glad im waiting to get mine close to ten months after launch, all cons or problems of the system will be known and hopefully worked out by then.

justerthought

#15

justerthought said:

@Scollurio
I was actually planning to buy a huge usb 3 drive for the games like you suggested, until I realised Sony had blocked it a few months ago. When the game instals are large and you only have a 500GB drive, it's the logical choice to allow external game storage, Sony have obviously decided no for security reasons in order to stop piracy which is sad. Maybe Sony plan to patch it in later when they have coded a way to make it secure. Hopefully before everyone hits the wall and everyone start complaining.

justerthought

#16

justerthought said:

@MadchesterManc
Same here. I'm all for full instals that make game run better, but we have got to have access to much bigger drives. Sony have got to unlock external USB 3 for booting games, even if it means reformatting the drive from the PS4 in order to create a secure encrypted environment. They could pair the hard drive to the console that formatted it, so games copied onto a drive will only play on the PS4 that is paired with it. Sony have already claimed that PS4 games are paired to the console not the users account, so they are going in the right direction.

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