"Should you have both games installed and have kept up to date with updates, you may need to delete some unused game content to have a successful download and install of the Warzone patch tonight," Activision said.
The writer also explains that when he attempted to download the 17GB update file for the Modern Warfare content, he was warned he would need over 100GB of free space to install that file.
Now, I'm no Call of Duty player and I get the impression there's a lot of assets/content involved in having a complete collection of Warzone content. I also get that you can opt to uninstall the campaign content while retaining the multiplayer components which I'm sure accounts for quite a lot of hard drive space. But still...
As somebody who's perfectly satisfied with his base PS4 (and recently stumbled into ownership of a Switch) but still pines for a PS5, this is the first thing that gives me pause. I don't keep a ton of games installed, typically just the two or three I'm playing at any one time, but sometimes I like to keep old games around I really admired or enjoyed just to see them on my dash until I absolutely need the space.
While this news is a about PS4 hard drives, the PS5 hard drives aren't much bigger and it doesn't seem like crossover games we've seen thus far are any smaller. A brief Google search reveals Godfall was around 50GB, yeah?
This makes me a little more tepid to get a PS5 considering the established trend of multiple SKUs of home consoles (moreso Microsoft than Sony) and people who own PS5s already fretting over hard drive space, granting that most are critics are rotate through games much more frequently than I do.
So, what's the takeaway from this news? That Activision/the COD teams are awful at compression? That PS5s ought to just come bundled with an external hard drive, like, tomorrow? We should all just get a new hobby?
A single game potentially bigger than a single hard drive! What is this, 2002?
Note: edited to clarify while this news applies to the PS4, it makes me worry about getting a PS5 due to its hard drive size in a way I hadn't thought would apply to my life and gaming habits before.