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Want to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III? Prepare to have a whopping 235GB of storage space

Want to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III? Prepare to have a whopping 235GB of storage space

In the lead-up to the anticipated launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III on Nov 10, Activision has shed light on the sizable file requirements for the game – a detail that is likely to send your SSD into a frenzy again given the series' history with hefty installation sizes.

The publisher, through a post on platform X (formerly known as Twitter), has explained the hefty download and installation size which notably exceeds last year's figures. Early access players discovered that on the PlayStation 5, the total space needed to house the new Call of Duty installment tips the scales at a whopping 234.9GB. This figure is “due to the increased amount of content available Day”, which includes the Modern Warfare II campaign, Warzone and Call of Duty HQ. For PC gamers, the initial burden is somewhat less, though not by much, coming in at a substantial 172GB.

Contrary to the numbers that may cause a stir among the gaming community, Activision has sought to reassure that the final installation footprint will be less cumbersome than the aggregate of past "Call of Duty" experiences. The game’s developers have indicated that more details will be released shortly, presumably to address any concerns and provide clarification on the installation process.

The reaction from the series’ fans, while understandable, is part of an ongoing narrative. Since the release of the original Modern Warfare reboot in 2019, the franchise has become synonymous with sizable storage requirements. Activision has made attempts to alleviate the burden with file size reductions in the past, and the firm continues to promise optimizations. Yet, with Modern Warfare III, PC gamers are being asked to allocate an additional 79GB if they have Warzone and Call of Duty HQ already in place.

The dialogue surrounding game file sizes is a contentious one, reflecting the growing tension between technological advancement in gaming and hardware limitations. As developers push the envelope with more intricate designs, higher resolution textures, and expansive content, the inevitable trade-off appears in the form of larger downloads and more disk space consumption.

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