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PS4, Xbox One Hard Drives might not be big enough?

by William Schwartz


Both the PS4 and Xbox One have internal Hard Drives of 500GB, but it looks like this might not be big enough if you really want to take advantage of the next generation. There’s a lot of hype about being able to play games while they download, a feature that both consoles offer, and being able to install multiple games onto your console’s hard drive and swap instantly between them.

A problem arises here though. With the next generation arriving, more games are running at 1080p, 60 fps and are more advanced that ever, so downloading games may become troublesome. As Fergal Gara, UK Managing Director at Sony, told Eurogamer in a recent interview; “…the files themselves are getting bloody big. Killzone: Shadow Fall is an uber file – I think it’s cracking on for 50GB.”

Let’s just analyse the maths involved here. If all games are the same size as the new Killzone (50GB), and the hard drives of the new consoles are 500GB, then you might only fit 10 games onto your console. It gets worse though. This is only accounting for full-sized games, not indie games, arcade games, videos, gamer accounts or most importantly; save files and DLC. As if this wasn’t worrying enough, hard drives usually take a small percentage to load the operating system, so though they both say 500GB, you’ll probably only get about 450GB of saving space, which brings it down to 9 games.

Some of you may be thinking “it’s alright, I can just use an external hard drive”. Well, maybe not the way you want to. Shuhei Yoshida has already confirmed via twitter that games can’t be installed onto an external hard drive for the PS4, and the Xbox One won’t support external hard drives at launch. Not to mention, you’d have to buy an external hard drive if you don’t already own one and some people have download limits or slow connections to think about, and if games are 50GB each then it could easily be an issue.

This may be overestimating trouble after all, as Killzone is likely to be bigger than some games, but if these consoles are meant to last for 10 years or so, I imagine most people will have more than 9 games that they’d like to install onto their PS4 or Xbox One in that time. There hasn’t really been anything from Microsoft about the potential size of downloaded titles, so the same problem is just as likely to affect Xbox One users.

So what do you think? Will next-gen hard drives be big enough for you? Leave a comment below.

- This article was updated on:October 15th, 2013

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