The pain of having to sit and wait for a day one patch to download is one that’s becoming all to familiar for gamers, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to be one of the worst offenders with a whopping 50GB update to download before you can play. For people buying the game on disc, it’s a pain point that Activision and retailers are trying to work around.
Game, Tesco and Smyths Toys are all known to be letting people buy or pick up pre-orders at 6PM on Thursday 11th, ahead of the game’s official launch on 12th October. Amazon have also begun shipping game discs ahead of time. Other retailers probably have the option to do so as well.
Of course, while you have the disc early, Black Ops 4 lacking a traditional single player campaign means that the entire experience hinges around having server access, which Activision can control remotely.
While the physical box covers revealed that Black Ops 4 will require 100GB to install, the actual install will only be around 55GB once it’s finished updating on PS4, Eurogamer confirm, while Microsoft say the digital install will be “approximately” 48.42GB. Considering there’s 50GB of space on a dual layer Blu-Ray, it seems there’s up to 45GB of redundant data or empty space on the disc. You do have to wonder what on Earth Activision have actually sent to the printers…