In a shock to no one currently part of the PlayStation Nation, the biggest PS4 install games are only getting bigger. Not only are the latest releases more content ambitious and technologically demanding than their predecessors, thus taking up more memory needed to run them, but it feels like an overwhelming update foe each arrives every week in the era of live services, adding even more gigabytes to their size. What we're trying to say is that we'd recommend one of the best PS4 hard drives if you're planning to beef up your digital library.
Modern industry practice means that both physical and digital versions of games will require an equally large place to live on your PS4’s HDD, with discs increasingly acting as little more than the key for unlocking access to an application. And so, featured below, you’ll find some of the heftiest memory munching games currently available to install on your PlayStation 4 - if you think you’re up to the challenge. Likewise, you may want to clear some of these off your console, if you want a piece of the upcoming PS4 games on the way...
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - 175.2GB
Love it or hate it, there's no denying that Infinity Ward's latest takes the cake for the biggest PS4 game to hit Sony's platform so far. Even at launch, the first person shooter came close to the 100GB mark, but dozens of humongous updates - not lease the addition of its free to play battle royale mode, Call of Duty: Warzone - has brought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to criminal levels of memory-eating mass. Infinity Ward has promised to try and limit the size of fresh updates, but it's unlikely we'll see another game take Modern Warfare's crown this side of the generation.
Destiny 2- 165GB
It's no surprise that Bungie's shared world shooter sequel is this big after two and half years of updates, expansions, and patches. Think about all the loot, engrams, and emotes crammed into those Gigabytes, and you can see why this live service is struggling to keep a reign on its own memory requirements.
For reference, the size of a standard PS4 hard drive is 500GB, so if you're planning to pick up Destiny 2 late in the day, you better make sure you're not keeping too many other games on the go without a decent hard drive attached. In better news (or worse, depending on how you see it), the pace of updates for Bungie's latest adventure is at least slowing, so it can't get too much bigger from here on out.
Red Dead Redemption 2 - 105GB
Move over Black Ops 3, there's a new data sheriff in town! Red Dead Redemption 2 may not be available yet, but thanks to fine print spotted on a PS4 Pro bundle packaging we know that it requires 105GB of space, shooting it straight to the number one slot on this list. I guess we shouldn't be surprised that Rockstar's first current-gen focused project will be heavy on the storage, especially considering how expansive the world is going to be, but it's still eye-opening to consider how much hard drive space you'll need so you can saddle up and explore the Wild West.
Battlefield 4 Premium Edition - 71GB
Coming in at 31GB, the standard edition of Battlefield 4 is certainly substantial, but not ridiculously so. However, if you’re looking to pick up the premium edition of the game, which includes all five DLC packs plus every free update and map DICE has released over the last four years, you’re looking at a 71GB piece of software taking up its residence in your HDD. If you own a 500GB PS4, that’s almost a fifth of its hard drive for a single game, and a relatively old one too. Seeing as most Battlefield 4 players tend to play the fan favourite maps from the base game anyway (Siege of Shanghai 24/7 servers are still going strong on consoles), you may want to think long and hard before hitting the install button on this one.
The Elder Scrolls Online - 86GB
Zenimax managed to recreate the whole of Tamriel as one massively multiplayer, richly detailed shared universe, so the HDD clearance caveats were always going to be mega. But as a constantly evolving MMO, the Elder Scrolls Online has only continued to grow with age. The huge Homestead patch of February this year injected another 20 gigabytes into the proceedings, but that was only the start of it. The recently released Morrowind expansion, which adds an entire new region to the game, brought with it a lusty Argonian maid’s worth of memory, which is a lot to take on for the simple pleasures of indulging in Elder Scrolls 3 nostalgia.
Destiny: The Collection - 55 GB
No surprise here, for those who’ve spent any time as a Guardian in Bungie’s social sci-fi. Originally launching with an already mammoth install size of 40GB back in 2014, Destiny has only gotten bigger and better since then. Bigger being the operative word here. The infamous 18GB patch of 2015 wasn’t one of Destiny’s finest moments, for example. Three years down the line, though, and Bungie has managed to cram all of its DLC, updates, and extra content into one 55GB package, in the form of Destiny: The Collection. It’s a tempting offer, but at this point you might just want to save any ounce of free HDD space for Destiny 2, which I’m sure will release with equally ludicrous storage requirements.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - 101GB
Congrats, Treyarch, this is seriously impressive. Black Ops 3, with its various map packs, patches and whatever else is hiding in all that code, until recently held the crown for PS4’s biggest game. That’s not a good thing though. Over 100GB for a single game is absurd, especially for a first-person shooter which is neither the best looking, most operatic or content-packed of its kind. This does include the Zombie Chronicles collection, mind you, but that only accounts for 12 of the 101 gigabytes eating up all that valuable HDD space that could be used on so many other things. Hopefully Treyarch’s next Call of Duty game manages to either seriously justify its size, or take a lesson in memory management.
GTA 5 - 76GB
Ever wondered how Rockstar managed to make Los Santos appear both visually impressive, physically robust and geographically immense? The answer appears to be memory. Lots and lots of memory. Considering the detail, scale and endless entertainment value of Grand Theft Auto 5, at least you’ll know that all 76 gigabytes of the game are being put to good use by Rockstar. That said, it’s worth pointing out that, on PS4, Grand Theft Auto 5 is essentially a remaster of a last-gen title - Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar’s first full current-gen experience, is packing even more raw data.
NBA 2K 17 - 55GB
Sports titles in general have always tended to be some of the biggest culprits when it comes to space-hoarding on consoles, with the likes of Fifa and Madden only getting bigger in size year after year, but it’s 2K’s annual basketball game that takes the cake for virtual volume. NBA 2K17 released with 50 gigs worth of baggage on PS4, and future updates and patches have only added an extra 7GB of supplementary software since then. As for what makes NBA the larger occupant compared to the rest of gaming’s sports showcase, that remains a mystery. Perhaps it's because all the character models are so much taller than average.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - 95GB
The most recent iteration of Call of Duty takes its subtitle quite seriously, reaching for the stars with its ever-rising install size. Currently clocking in at 95 gigs with the three current map packs tacked on, there’s still a few more updates to come for Infinite Warfare, so Call of Duty enthusiasts can’t quite give their PS4’s a break just yet. It’s worse, of course, if you own the Legacy Edition of the game, which includes a digital edition of Modern Warfare Remastered, bringing the total up to over 130GB. Luckily, you don’t need to have Infinite Warfare installed in order to play Modern Warfare Remastered, just the disk inserted into your console.
Uncharted 4 - 63GB
Another Naughty Dog game makes the cut, although this time the numbers are a bit more understandable. Uncharted 4’s photo-realistic visuals and smooth-as-butter action aren’t able to run on empty, you know, but those 63 gigs are what’s keeping Drake’s face looking so emotive and the explosions he creates so jaw-dropping. Naughty Dog has also spruced up Uncharted 4 with a fair bit of free and paid content for multiplayer, which all adds to the overall total.
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