The Mandatory Game Installations For PS4 Explained In Full
Looks like you'll have to be diligent about cleaning your hard drive.
You may have heard that the digital versions of some PS4 games come in at a hefty 50GB. However, as it turns out, the physical versions of those games require the same amount of hard drive space.
According to Kotaku, regardless of whether you call it installation or caching, you'll still need to save huge chunks of PS4 games to the system's hard drive. This is mandatory.
PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny spoke about how the new console will deal with a disc-based game: It will start to save parts of the game to the hard drive; for instance, Knack will ultimately take up 37GB of space. You'll only have to wait ten seconds or so before you can start playing, but the caching still has to happen. Cerny said Sony actually considered utilizing an auto-delete function that would get rid of installed data that the player hasn't touched in a while. But they decided against it.
The reason they considered it is because we'll obviously have to keep deleting installed data as the generation goes on. Even 1TB hard drives could only hold 20 games at 50GB each (and many of the launch titles come in at 50GB), and the system comes with a default 500GB drive. The bottom line is that the PS4 isn't designed to read games off discs. ...sounds odd, but that's the way it is.
If you opt to go digital, you will have to wait longer for the installation process. And if you're wondering, yes, the Xbox One works the same way.
11/11/2013 10:45:14 PM Ben Dutka