You won’t be able to just insert your Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 disc into your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and start playing this Friday.
If you’re getting a physical version of the game, you’ll need to download a truly massive day-one patch before you can jump into multiplayer, Blackout or Zombies.
Just how big is this patch? 50 gigabytes.
You’ll need a total of 112 GB of free space on your PS4’s hard-drive according to Activision, however the final size of the installation is just 55 GB. While the footprint is the same on Xbox One, Activision makes no mention of needing 112 GB of free space for Microsoft’s console.
This means that anyone with a physical version of the game will need to download a file nearly the size of the digital version (55 GB) despite having a disc. Which is kind of crazy.
It’s not as big a deal as it would have been a few years ago. Internet speeds have come a long ways, for one thing. For another, this is a game that requires a solid internet connection to play in the first place. You won’t do very well in Black Ops 4 multiplayer with a lousy ping.
Still, 50 GB is a freakishly large day-one update.
Black Ops 4 launches without a single-player campaign (a first for the series) this Friday, October 12th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.