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Killzone Shadow Fall Is Almost 40GB, Playable After 7.5GB Download

Compressed from 290GB.

Sony’s new PlayGo system will allow PS4 games to be played well before the hefty download has finished, with Killzone Shadow Fall ready to play after just 7.5GB of the 39.7GB download is complete – that’s less than 20% of the total file size.

The reason it’s around 40GB is because, well, it’s a next generation title, and that means next-gen textures: “The bulk of it is textures,” Michiel van der Leeuw told Eurogamer, continuing “”I think we’re probably a lot larger than the other cross-generation games, because we have no assets that have been made to a lower spec.”

He also says that due to the more open nature of the game, the surface area is five to ten times bigger than that of Killzone 3. This file size is after optimisation too – there’s been a lot of compression, as even Killzone 3 was bigger at 41.5GB on Blu-ray, due to duplicate textures and large video files in a multitude of languages.

If they had taken that approach with Shadow Fall, then the file size would have been colossal. “I think at some point the disc image that we were generating was around 180 gigs,” said van der Leeuw, revealing that “if we would have put all the levels in, which we didn’t, because then the disc image generator broke, it would have been around 290 gigs of data.”

So, it’s actually pretty compressed then. As for the 7.5GB you have to download to play, with the second level downloading in the background while you play the first and so on, but van der Leeuw still admits the initial chunk is “quite big” so future games could perhaps be even more streamlined.

They’ve removed quite a lot of the initial splash screens, negotiating with Dolby and Havok to make the experience as fast as possible once you have downloaded it. I can imagine this all being quite a task to develop, and we’ll see just how well it works in action when the game launches alongside the PS4 on November 29th.

Source: Eurogamer

  1. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010

    Super Mario 3D World is about 2GB. Just saying.

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:25.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Doesnt have many textures does it? Everything looks shiny and flat.

      Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 17:34.
    • philzy85
      Since: May 2010

      Croc legend of the gobbos was on a 700mb cd…

      Comment posted on 25/10/2013 at 21:23.
  2. Jakster123x
    Since: Aug 2011

    I’d quite like splash screens to disappear completely, they’re really quite annoying.

    As for the file size for Shadow Fall, it looks like it could’ve been much worse, it’s still massive though.

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:27.
  3. dizwod
    Since: May 2010

    For all the lovers of downloading titles… new HDD on order? ;)

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:28.
    • DividSmythe
      Since: May 2012

      Has there been anything out about the specs of HDD yet?

      Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 18:01.
      • OnlineAssassinOA
        Since: Jun 2012

        Believe there just the same as PS3 2.5 Data 5400rpm,I’ve already got a spare 1tb ready to slip in undecided weather to do it day one and save potential re-downloading later.

        Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 18:33.
      • ruinereraser
        Since: Nov 2009

        Well of course weather is still undecided for PS4 launch.

        Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 19:24.
      • TheDeathAvenger
        Since: Forever

        I’d heard recently it was a 12.5 height 2.5 drive, instead of the 9.5 height one used in PS3. Not confirmed by the way, but if true would mean higher capacity possible.

        Comment posted on 26/10/2013 at 09:50.
  4. Vallon
    Since: Sep 2013

    That’s good, something blizzard have been using now for years, only issue is a lot of people in the UK have data caps on their connection… And regardless of whether its playable after 7.5gb… 40gb is still huge.

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:28.
  5. MrLeeches
    Since: Sep 2013

    This is a massive step forward and I reckon its a requirement if we are to ever reach a digital only future.

    Also that some impressive compression! and a lot of decent res textures!

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:28.
  6. bunimomike
    Since: Jul 2009

    “Ready to play after just 7.5GB”

    At least they recognise that this is still a massive chunk of data to download. Still, it’s kinda awesome knowing that they’ve not compromised much on the compression.

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:29.
  7. chall5
    Since: Oct 2009

    splash screen removal is a massive bonus, sometimes you have to sit through five or six everytime – so annoying !

    And yes, 7.5GB is still too big IMO but of course is way better than 40GB

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:37.
    • Paranoimia
      Since: Aug 2008

      You should only ever have to sit through splash screens once, on the first play. After that, they either shouldn’t appear, or you should be able to press a button – once – to skip them all.

      Comment posted on 28/10/2013 at 00:46.
  8. djdustb
    Since: Nov 2008

    One of the big selling points of the next generation was the ability to see a friend online and buy a game to join them in multiplayer. I just wonder how big the multiplayer elements are going to be to download. Most people will have finished their session before a lot of people can download and install 7.5GB.

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:46.
  9. wonkey-willy
    Since: Jan 2010

    not bad considering metal gear rising weighs in at 19gb

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:49.
  10. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    7.5Gb means it won’t be ready to play as quickly as hoped.

    It’s the disc version which comes with the mega bundle isn’t it? Anyone know if you can begin playing the disc version after a partial install?

    Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 16:50.
    • bunimomike
      Since: Jul 2009

      To be honest, fella, I think this will be close to a worst-case-scenario. There’ll be countless games where 10 to 20% of the game will be a gig or so and that’s pretty easy to snag in a few minutes on many broadband connections these days. Well… assuming Sony are uploading it at a decent speed from the PSN servers. :-\

      Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 18:25.
      • TSBonyman
        Since: Dec 2009

        Yes there will be many psn downloadable games which we’ll be able to get up and running sooner, but i think many of the bigger AAA titles will have similar initial downloads, although possibly a bit smaller than 7.5GB. Still though, i expect we’ll still be looking at in the region of 3GB To 4GB minimum, which again could be a bit of a wait depending on your broadband speeds. I might be wrong though, we’ll have to wait and see.
        At least if you buy something on the web store while at work, the PS4’s automatic download feature will certainly help and you should be able to start playing once you get home.

        I’m still wondering about the disc-install though, all PS4 disc games have to be fully installed afaik but whether you can begin playing after an initial (partial) install i don’t know.
        Oh well, at least i booked a week off so i’ll have plenty of time for installing.. :-/

        Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 19:28.
      • bunimomike
        Since: Jul 2009

        I didn’t think that was the case but thought that was the realm of the Xbox One. That had full installs as mandatory. Oh, if that’s the case with the PS4, ouch! Oh well… I was always going to upgrade the HDD. *wipes brow*

        Comment posted on 24/10/2013 at 21:23.
      • TSBonyman
        Since: Dec 2009
        Comment posted on 25/10/2013 at 00:41.

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