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Black Ops Cold War Minimum Storage Confirmed

Activision has confirmed the amount of storage required to pre-load Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

The latest title in the franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is on the horizon, and the game will be coming jam-packed with content.

One disc to hold it all. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will arrive with a detailed campaign, a fresh new zombies experience, exciting new multiplayer, and even a Warzone crossover to top it off.

Disk Space Disaster?
Initially, players were duped with a supposed leak from the back of some 'box art' circulating through Twitter, which suggested a massive 285GB download size for the game.

To put that obviously massive figure into context, the PS5 will be arriving with an impressive 885GB SSD. However, players will get a maximum of 768GB to use for games because of the way storage space works. If 285GB were accurate, a third of storage space would be dedicated to one title after installing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

The same issue would have appeared when looking at the other next-gen consoles. Microsoft’s 1TB of SSD space on the Xbox Series X might appear more than big enough for the majority of players, but dedicating a quarter of that to one game is not ideal. Then you have the Xbox Series S.

The digital counterpart to the Xbox Series X will only have 364GB of usable game space. At 285GB, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War would have been taking up around 75% of the available space on the console after installing the upcoming title.

Official Black Ops Cold War File Size

However, Activision has cleared this up with an official announcement today, confirming pre-load sizes at much lower memory allocations.

  • PlayStation 4: 95GB
  • PlayStation 5: 133GB
  • Xbox One: 93GB
  • Xbox Series X|S: 136GB

Although still quite chunky, the numbers are much better than the eye-watering 285GB rumor.

Activision has also confirmed that Call of Duty Warzone will not be ready to launch on Black Ops Cold War until December. Those looking to continue playing the Battle Royale will need to keep it installed alongside Cold War until Activision releases its in-game counterpart.

Expandable Storage Solutions

Rumored download sizes for the PS5 look like they too will be fairly hefty amounts of disk space. 

While it seems like hard drives are going to be in for a rough time in next-gen gaming, expandable storage may be a solution. For many, it will be starting to look much more enticing.

The PS5 has an expandable memory feature. Something that has been noticed by people in the community was an apparent mystery nut or bolt on the underside of the console, which is rumored to be for attaching additional memory to the console.

The same goes for the Xbox Series X and S, which have expandable storage options built-in. 

However, relying on expandable storage solutions will not come cheaply. For example, Seagate’s Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S comes at a hefty £220. That is a premium that a lot of gamers will not be willing to accept.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will be available this November.