ACTIVISION will tomorrow shrink Call of Duty's file sizes after gamers complained that they were too big to fit on their consoles.
The company has announced that both Modern Warfare and the free-to-play Warzone will be easier to fit on hard drives following an update.
The games' file sizes have skyrocketed in recent months as the US gaming giant adds new content via regular software updates.
That culminated in Activision's admission last month that the latest game collection was so large that it no longer fits on the original PlayStation 4.
In a blog post on Monday, the company revealed that an upcoming update will shave up to 33GB off of its flagship titles.
It means that players should have a little more room to download other AAA games onto their burgeoning hard drives.
"Those who own the full version of Modern Warfare/Warzone, or who own the free-to-play Warzone game, will find their overall file size footprint reduced on their respective platform," Activision wrote.
The company said that enhancements to the overall content management system made the reductions possible.
The cutbacks will drop on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC with the release of the Season Two Reloaded update.
That will roll out on March 31 at 2am ET (7am BST).
Here are the file size reductions for each platform, according to Activision:
- PlayStation 5: 10.9 GB (Warzone Only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- PlayStation 4: 10.9 GB (Warzone Only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 14.2 GB (Warzone Only) / 33.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Xbox One: 14.2 GB (Warzone Only) / 33.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- PC: 11.8 GB (Warzone Only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
Call of Duty's huge files sizes have become a hot topic among fans of the franchise.
The most recent game in the series, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, comes in at a hefty 95GB on PlayStation 4, or 133GB on the PlayStation 5.
Many fans also play the standalone game Warzone, which takes up a further 20GB or so to boot.
On top of that, Activision regularly releases updates for both games – as well as 2019's Modern Warfare – that take up dozens of Gigabytes.
It's led some fans to complain that Call of Duty is simply too big as it gobbles up so much hard drive space that they're forced to uninstall other games.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War – what is it?
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is the latest game in the hugely popular war sim series.
It hit shelves in November and plays out at the height of nuclear tensions between the US and Soviet Russia.
The storyline follows the real-world events of the Cold War – such as the Vietnam War – but will dramatise some elements.
An early teaser trailer revealed has that the game will include a hunt for Perseus – a spy working against the US for Russia.
The Cold War was a period of major tension between the USA and Soviet Union, but wasn't an outright war in the conventional sense.
Instead, both nations supported "proxy wars" – regional conflicts used to gain global influence.
And the fact that both nations controlled nuclear weaponry meant that neither side was willing to risk a war proper.
The period is generally said to have run from 1947 through to 1991 – when the Soviet Union was dissolved.
Cold War dropped November 19, 2020, and starts at £59.99 for a standard copy rising all the way to £89.99 for the Ultimate Edition.
To help gamers free up space, Activision allows players to delete content they're unlikely to need, such as story modes.
Activision has previously pointed out that players do not need to download everything in order to enjoy their favourite games.
"No matter which platform you play on, remember that the Warzone download is not necessary if you are only playing Black Ops Cold War and vice versa" the company said.
"Furthermore, players can choose to uninstall/remove other data packs if they are no longer needed for a smaller overall file size."
Here’s how you can do that in both games:
· Black Ops Cold War: At the main menu, press R3 to go to “File Management.” You will then be able to delete any content you may not have played in a while. The exact content to choose can be found in the Storage Management article linked below.
· Modern Warfare/Warzone: At the main menu, press Options, select the “General” tab, then scroll down to “Game Installs.” From here, you can delete any content you have not played in a while.
In other news, The Sun's favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
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And Dell's Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition is a gaming PC powerhouse that crushes both the new consoles.
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