Halo 4 multiplayer requires 8GB install

Microsoft confirmed today that players who wish to access the multiplayer component of Halo 4 will need access to 8GB of storage space on their Xbox 360. That can be either on an official Xbox 360 harddrive or on removable flash memory.

However, this will leave some Xbox 360 owners out in the cold, with Core, Arcade, and 4GB console owners left to find more data storage in order to play online. 

It will even spell trouble for launch day Xbox 360s (the few that are still left) as freeing up 8GB of space on a 20GB drive is pretty difficult, and essentially renders your HDD into a Halo 4 accessory.

Halo Reach also had a installation requirement, however that was only for Firefight and cooperative play. After release, 343 Industries patched the game to remove the requirement.


  • Smash_Bro - July 4, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    I've come to accept the fact that Halo will always possess a good chunk of my hard drive. Odds are, if you don't have a 360 Elite, you aren't a Halo junkie. Looks like all those parents who bought their 8-year-old sons a cheap Xbox are gonna get hell when bratty little Timmy can't play the newest Halo game. Less sailor-mouthed kids on Matchmaking? Icing.
  • Trooper59 - July 3, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    if you really want it get a 16 gig usb and format it, i bought the a 16 for 20$ at mal mart
  • Trooper59 - July 3, 2012 6:25 p.m.

  • NullG7 - July 4, 2012 12:23 a.m.

    Malmart sounds like a better store than Walmart. Then again I just personally hate Walmart to begin with so I think just about everything is better than them, except take out the just about part.
  • Divine Paladin - July 3, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    Wait, Halo: Reach required an install? I bought the game day one and don't recall that in the slightest (though I did need to install once my game disc was screwed after so much playing). Are you sure you didn't mean Halo Anniversary?
  • md1292 - July 3, 2012 11:57 p.m.

    I was thinking the same thing. I played Halo: Reach launch day on my old 20GB 360. I don't remember having to install anything.
  • NullG7 - July 4, 2012 12:28 a.m.

    It was very small and prompted automatically like an update I doubt anyone noticed. Also last time I checked Anniversary did not have Firefight either so yea.
  • bigwill1221 - July 3, 2012 4:06 p.m.

    Forcing people to buy more/updated products to play one game. BRILLIANT... wait no it's not.
  • Laland - July 3, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    I'm guessing it's either compressed like f*ck on the disc, and then decompressed when installed, or on two discs. Either way, an 8gb requirement is a LOT to ask of your consumers. Not that it's a problem for me personally. Also, if it can be installed on flash memory, then it's not such a big deal. Get a flash drive and install it there. That will work for any Xbox 360 ever, ever.
  • Pruman - July 3, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    If you have an OG 360, used 120 GB hard drives are fairly plentiful and cheap ($50 last time I checked) at GameStop. I got one for Christmas and am barely using half of it, even with 3+ installed games at any given time, and don't expect I'll ever need more.
  • NOGIRLSIWANNAJETPACK - July 3, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    WHAT? I only have a 20 gb hard drive. I have less than 2 gigs left of space. Well this will be fun.
  • TartanSpartan01 - July 3, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    me to m8,well done ms that'll be the first halo game i wont get.fuckin are pricks,sony are pathetic and dying,and nintendo are like bruce willis in sixth sense, dead and dont even know it.
  • DictatorStan - July 4, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    You could get a 16 GB external device for fifteen dollars. It isn't a huge deal, but it still sucks.
  • ParagonT - July 3, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    It won't fit on the disk? Or is it the DLC that will come out? Or is the multi-player that freaking huge? Because I doubt it could be just the multi-player. If it was, this seems like something you would put on a disk, not ask your consumers to worry about it.
  • Tjwoods18 - July 3, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Well each 360 disk only holds so much memory, I think around 4GB each, double that if the disk is dual layered. This tells me that they are going to institute multiple disk.
  • PanicJester - July 3, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    They all use 8GB duel layer disc but yeah.
  • PanicJester - July 3, 2012 1:34 p.m.


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