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Mass Effect 2 PS3 Requires Large Install

Go and make a cup of tea.

When we reported that a downloadable version of Mass Effect 2 on the PS3 was to be rolled out, many questioned the need. After all, not only would it take lots of time to download (rumours suggest the download size will be around 12GB), but it would also munch into your valuable hard drive space.

Well, we can confirm that no matter which version you go for, your hard drive is going to take a bit of a battering, as the retail copy of the game requires 4.5GB of space before you can go ahead and play – although the back of the box (above) shows 5.3GB.  Our install time ran to a rather unscientific thirty minutes or so, those of you with GT5 will know that these times can vary quite a lot, however.

We spoke to EA this morning who told us that this is due to the large amount of additional DLC and format exclusive content included with the PS3 version of the game, which also features an upgraded graphics engine taken from Mass Effect 3.

We’ll bring you the review very soon.

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45 Comments
  1. NotoriousGTT
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    I’m not really surprised. I just accept that PS3 games will have to be installed nowadays. My poor 60gig HD will need replacing soon though.

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 10:33.
    • Thechunkymunky
      Member
      Since: Oct 2009

      I’d recommend it mate. I decided to upgrade from 80GB to 500GB after it was repaired (I took all the stuff off as it was going away)
      Really easy to do and you’re pretty much set for space :)

      Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 10:39.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      I have 160Gb but need to upgrade soon too. As well as deleting any old games.. I noticed Vidzone is taking up 4.5 Gb and Home is using 5 Gb so if you have those installed but don’t use them you can reclaim some space by deleting them.

      Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 12:09.
      • matthangzhou
        Member
        Since: Sep 2010

        I went from 40gb to 500gb and the hard drive only cost me like £40. Bye bye hard drive worries!

        Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 12:21.
      • gaffers101
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        I hardly ever use Home or Vidzone. I didn’t realise that the took up so much space. They’ll be gone tonight ready for my Mass Effect install.

        Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 12:27.
      • Tzares
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        I also upped to a 500gb hdd 8) highly recommended!

        Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 13:28.
      • Origami Killer
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        i ugraded to a 320gb slim in september, im sorted for hdd space now for life practically, also home takes 5gb and vidzone 4gb, i use vidzone a lot for revision and that but home is a waste of time, i wont delete or unistall them though

        Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 18:40.
  2. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Well looks like I can install this while tidying up the house. Or just play Little Big Planet 2 which has smaller install xD

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 10:36.
  3. ervin
    Member
    Since: Dec 2010

    Large install is better than long load times. ;)

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 10:54.
    • GregHorrorShow
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      Most definitely – would take the install over load times for sure.

      Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 10:56.
      • topshot09
        Member
        Since: Nov 2010

        At least we know pirates won’t have a easy time downloading this.

        Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 12:04.
  4. mcduff1979
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    well DCUO has a 25.2 gig install on ps3…

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 10:58.
    • ARUMIR Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      For god’s sake its a console not a pc…

      Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 11:04.
      • Carl
        Member
        Since: Jan 2009

        Yes but it’s an MMO. Things need to be able to be found quickly.

        Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 12:35.
    • gaffers101
      Member
      Since: Oct 2008

      Tell me about it, it took forever on with my clockwork internet connection.

      Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 20:37.
  5. skibadee
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    I hear the demo was old code as well so should look better.

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 11:01.
  6. ARUMIR Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    I’m not going to bother with any games with installs until I upgrade thid is ridculous…

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 11:06.
  7. jayjay119
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Don’t mind the install times myself, sure they are a bit of a ballache when you wanna get down to it and play but like others have said, it’s better than frequent and long loading times breaking up your game, plus I find install based games run a lot better (that’s the point I’m sure, but still a valid arguement)

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 11:08.
  8. dirtyhabit
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Not too much of an issue tbh. If you install the game onto the 360 its 12.4gb so. …
    Got ME2 for 360 a couple of weeks ago. (for £7 preowned) I’m about 5 hours in, I’m loving it, it’s much improved from ME1 IMO. The game just seems to flow much better than the first one.

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 11:10.
  9. TURRICAN-808
    Member
    Since: Jan 2011

    I have a 500GB HDD, no problem!
    I heard that the PS3 HDD cap is 640GB if you’re wondering.
    I can understand the ME2 file size being large, as long as it improves the gaming experience….

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 11:33.
    • matthangzhou
      Member
      Since: Sep 2010

      Nope. There doesn’t seem to be a cap on it, that was just a rumour. People originally said you couldn’t put a 500gb in. I’ve seen several people with 1TB HDD so it does work.

      Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 12:46.
    • retro_
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      I should image the current limit is whatever he biggest size you can buy as a 3.5″ SATA 9.5mm height drive.

      Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 13:24.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Just to make sure people don’t accidentally buy a 3.5″ drive. You need a 2.5″ drive (like most laptops take).

        Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 13:57.
    • Kovacs
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      I have a 640GB drive. I’ve also heard of people with 1TB drives experiencing no issues.

      Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 14:08.
      • TURRICAN-808
        Member
        Since: Jan 2011

        Thats great, no cap than, now where did I leave the penny jar

        Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 14:46.
  10. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Seeing that I find GT5 to have had a too small install size, this won’t be a problem… As long as I don’t have to sit trough long load times, I’m happy.

    Comment posted on 17/01/2011 at 11:51.

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