news\ Sep 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Halo 5: Guardians install size reveals glaring problem with HDD space on consoles

"It's just too damn high"

Halo 5: Guardians install size reveals glaring problem with HDD space on consoles

Halo 5 Guardians is going to be the biggest game of the year for Xbox One when it releases next month and it' s going to take up a huge portion of your hard drive as well. In fact, it's going to be the eight biggest game to date on the system.

Tracking site Finder has revealed that Master Chief's newest installment will take up a whopping 46.19GB on your standard Xbox One hard drive. In fact, it's so big that not only is it the eighth biggest game on the system to date, but the seven games above it are so big that if you owned each one of them you wouldn't even be able to install Halo 5 Guardians on your Xbox One before you ran out of space. Of course, if it was a full 500GB then yeah, you're good to go. Since the Xbox One runs three separate operating systems the result is the total capacity being anywhere from 350-365GB depending on the system. 

It's becoming a huge problem and catch 22 with the new consoles. With games being so advanced they are unable to run off the disc and small install size like on Xbox 360 and PS3 because they can't process that much data that fast. Try running Forza Motorsport 6 in full 1080 and 60 with dynamic weather while its running off the disc. It won't happen. But by the same token, the small hard drive space leave us slaves to constantly deleting and reinstalling games on the fly. I checked my personal hard drive at the time of writing and I currently have 41 games deleted in the ready to install section of my Xbox One. Forty. One.

That's a lot of space that is starting to be addressed with the 1TB consoles coming out now, but it never should have gotten to this point to begin with. With console prices the size they are, it's not fair to ask consumers to spend even more money on external hard drives just to be able to play a game. Hopefully it gets ironed out soon because at this rate we'll only be able to store about five games on our units before having to delete data.

What are your thoughts on the lack of HDD space? Let us know. You can also see the top 10 biggest install size games on Xbox One below compliments of Finder

  1. Halo: The Master Chief Collection - 11-Nov-14 - 62.740
  2. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - 9-Jun-15 - 55.690
  3. Grand Theft Auto V - 18-Nov-14 - 49.030
  4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - 3-Nov-14 - 48.970
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III - 6-Nov-15 - 48.970
  6. NBA 2K15 - 7-Oct-14 - 46.610
  7. Battlefield Hardline - 17-Mar-15 - 46.240
  8. Halo 5: Guardians - 27-Oct-15 - 46.19
  9. Forza Motorsport 6 - 15-Sep-15 - 45.860
  10. Dragon Age: Inquisition - 18-Nov-14 - 45.250


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