Why Are My Video Games Getting So Big?

Are my favorite video games like Ghost Recon getting too big for my hard drive?You want to play the big games — the fan favorites, the PlayStation blockbusters, the ones whose worlds you can dive headfirst into. But big doesn’t just refer to popular anymore.

With so many of today’s PS4 games commonly weighing in at anywhere from 40-80GB and even more, the biggest games are also leaving the biggest data footprint.Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands — the standard edition alone — is over 41GB. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is an unbelievable 101GB!! 

Thanks to modern gaming’s stunning visuals, highly detailed characters, and bonus DLC features, today’s games are eating up significantly more storage space than ever.

Take, for example, the remastered edition of The Last of Us, coming in at 47GB. That’s a 17GB increase from the PS3 version, thanks mostly to enhancements in visuals and additional DLC. Or the Premium Edition of Battlefield 4, whose 71GB of data houses every update, DLC pack, and map released in the last four years.

15 games that will destroy your PS4's hard drive spaceAnd if you’ve ever been curious as to how GTA 5 manages to immerse you in its seemingly limitless, highly-detailed world, the answer is that it demands 65GB of memory to store all of that data. These three games alone will require nearly 40% of your PS4’s built-in storage space — so surely you can see how game size could start to pose an issue as big new release after big new release hits the shelves.

Which games to give up, which games to forsake?

So what’s a gamer to do? Delete an old favorite? Say no to the newest long-awaited, data-hungry release?

Well, neither. If you’ll just grab Seagate’s Game Drive for PS4, you can load all of your games onto a 2TB external hard drive  — and take them with you wherever you want to play. No more debating that download or deciding which games you just might be willing to part with. The Seagate Game Drive for PS4 was designed for hardcore gamers who’d rather not compromise. So it combines massive storage with a quick set-up, so your system will keep up with all the biggest games.

For more on the ever-growing data demands of some of the most popular PS4 games, check out this article from GamesRadar+.

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