Ubisoft are the latest to jump on the “Oh, you bought a disc? Well, download the whole game anyway” bandwagon, revealing that Title Update 1 for the game is 48-52GB in size, depending on your region and language settings. Not only that, but it’s being followed today by a second patch, Title Update 1.5, to address missing or cutting out audio, though this is a much smaller 2GB.
What makes this such a pain in the backside is that, with this being an always online game, you will have to download all of this data before you can play, while other single player experiences would let you play without patching. For countries where data limits are still common practice from internet providers, this is a real pain in backside.
On a support page, Ubisoft detail the process, with a curious note about the update process and final game size. Apparently the game will be a whopping 90GB on PlayStation 4!
XBOX ONE AND PC: If you purchased the game on disc, begin by installing the game. You will then be prompted to download and install Title Update 1; expect a 48-52 GB download, depending on your region and preferred language. Whether you installed the game from a disc or bought it digitally, the final HDD install size, including the patch, will be 48-52 GB.
PS4: If you purchased a physical copy of the game, begin installing from the disc. Provided you are online, your console will simultaneously download Title Update 1 while you install it. Expect a 48-52 GB download, depending on your region and preferred language. Whether installed from a disc or downloaded digitally, the final HDD install size, including the patch will be between 90-100 GB.
Update: We’ve heard back from Ubisoft and… the PS4 install size is not a typo! Our below suspicions remain, but we won’t know until people get access to the game starting tonight.
We believe that this is in error – and will be checking with Ubisoft this morning – as it’s eerily similar to how many sites (ourselves included) reported that Black Ops 4 would require 100GB of HDD space last year. That was down to a quirk in the PlayStation 4 system software that, when updating, will first download the update package and then unpackage it on the system. It’s why Destiny 2 updates take 17 billion years to process, and it’s also why they require double the space.
Where Ubisoft state “the final HDD install size”, we believe they actually mean the amount of space required to process the update. There’s no good or logical reason for the game on PS4 to be literally twice the size as on Xbox One or PC.