This is surely a new record? Pre-loads are beginning to roll out for the PS5 version of NBA 2K23, and the game weighs in at a whopping 143GB in size. That means it will fill just under a third of the available space on a brand new console, assuming you haven’t installed an extra SSD yet. The basketball sim is renowned for its enormous install sizes, but it usually tops out around the 100GB mark.
This year’s release does seem especially large to be fair, and is packing a Michael Jordan-themed campaign mode which includes documentary-esque interludes. It also has multiple commentary teams for its era appropriate Franchise mode, meaning the play-by-plays change as you move through the decades.
But even though it’s clearly a massive package overall, 2K Sports is going to have to bring these file sizes down moving forwards. In the here and now, though, this game is an absolute monster, so if you’re planning to play on launch day, make sure you set aside some time to get everything downloaded. By god, you’re going to need it!