Killzone: Shadow Fall file size is 50GB

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Upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive first-person shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall's file size is around 50GB, Sony has revealed to Eurogamer in a new interview. The PS4 features a 500GB hard drive, though it is upgradeable.

The revelation came from United Kingdom managing director Fergal Gara as part of a discussion regarding the rise in popularity of downloads over physical media.

"First of all, [digital] is definitely going to grow as a means of consumption. And there are big innovations in the PS4 to make it more attractive and more easy gamer wise to want to download," Gara said. "The Play as you Download functionality, for example, means you don't need the whole file before you go. This is a little bit counterbalanced by the fact the files themselves are getting bloody big. Killzone: Shadow Fall is an uber file--I think it's cracking on for 50GB. It looks it, too, when you see it."

Overall, the download process on PS4 remains a "relatively tedious" endeavor, Gara said.

"It's not perfect. It's not seamless," he said. "The file version of the game versus the disc version of the game maybe needs to go through additional QA and additional testing. Some of the problems that have occurred have occurred on older machines, which of course when you go into the next-generation you at least get to reset and start again and everything's the same age and new. That helps."

Improving the download process on PS4 has been a "major area of focus" and investment, Gara said. While numerous users have reported poor download speeds for the PlayStation 3, Sony is confident it will put a better foot forward this time around, Gara said.

"The network will perform better on multiple levels, because it becomes not just a sales or gaming delivery but increasingly it becomes a social network. So it's got to be a compelling experience on multiple levels," Gara said. "It's going to be for no lack of investment, for no lack of effort and no lack of intention that things might fall a bit short. But we're definitely moving in the right direction, and I'm confident when step on and understand its importance."

Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla Games told Eurogamer in a separate interview that the game's single-player campaign will run at 30 frames-per-second and outputs at 1080p, while multiplayer will be different. This mode will also output at 1080p, but will run at 60 frames-per-second "a lot of the time," but not always.

"The reason for that is tricky," lead designer Eric Boltjes said. "Running 60 has become this Holy Grail. Suddenly people think if you run 60 your game is better. Technically, that's not really true. But what it does do is it makes decisions go from input to on-screen a lot easier."

"So, having a constant 60 is not actually better than having a 'lot of the time' 60. It sounds weird, but it's actually true," he added. "Because usually in the moments where we're going to drop framerate, either you're already dead or it's too late anyway."

Killzone: Shadow Fall is a launch title for PS4, arriving on November 15 in North America.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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705 comments
theAllez99
theAllez99

How much space does it take up if I have it on disc?

Vodoo
Vodoo

People were talking shit when they heard an X1 game run at 30fps, but now that Sony's game also runs at 30 it's ok? I don' think either machine should be doing 30fps at this point in time. A next gen machine should easily be capable of doing 60fps. Being these are first generation games for brand new systems we'll cut them some slack. But hopefully the second gen games pick it up.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

50gb? It's only a 500gb hard drive.. games will get larger,, digital won't be an option this gen (which is fine by me, I love my discs).

daemonproject
daemonproject

So about the same as MGS4!

I have KZ:SF preordered can't wait I might play the first 3 again while I'm waiting! The multiplayer this time around is gonna be a whole new game I think looks to me it's gonna feel and play much better than the previous versions single player and multiplayer!

myungish
myungish

It's a shame the single-player will run at 30fps. I guess we'll have to wait for developers to utilise the machines well enough to get to 60. I hope that day comes soon.

ewjiml
ewjiml

So I guess the new formula for success is BIGGER is better?
Gee, I get so excited at seeing 50Gbs. 

faizanhd
faizanhd

50 GBs for a 10 hour campaign and a Multiplayer that you will eventually get bored of in a few days. It seems a bit much. But Max Payne 3 was about 35 GB and  I enjoyed the MP and still do.

e424pd5
e424pd5

Awe, look at Sony masturbating.......

pdevil21
pdevil21

GTA VI will probably be 100GBs or something.

NICKVOY
NICKVOY

Prepare your sleeping bag, food rations, water bottles if you do download it from the PSN store.
This is one reason why so many players do not want the cloud gaming.

ahpuck
ahpuck

I still remember when Strider for the Genesis was advertised as being 12 Megs.

gruntN7
gruntN7

They should just settle with a solid 45 frames per second and everybody will be happy.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

Does this really surprise anyone? It's no different a leap than the massive step between the size of games between the PS2 and PS3. It's no wonder that most next gen games will be even bigger. This is why the HD is so big. It's a necessity. This game, however, will be awesome. Can't wait!

arqe
arqe

5 hour single player , 15 maps and 30 weapons = 50gb. Nothing in so-called "Next-Gen" is looking like a "Next-Gen" so this is nothing. And of course noone gonna miss the in between line " Multiplayer is 60fps but its not 60fps. " typical Sony.

Dont think so. Sony loves how to decieve people with junk and call it "BEST GAME BECAUSE WE GOT THE BIGGEST NUMBER !"

MarcRecon
MarcRecon

Well, that's definitely one PS4 tittle I won't be buying digital!!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Killzone 2 is reportedly 25GB in size.

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

Discs for the win! Who the fuck wants to wait for that download to finish? Not me!

Taegre
Taegre

Didn't they say the same thing about Killzone 2 on the PS3, only for hackers to discover the disc was mostly loaded with junk data?

somebody337
somebody337

Seems like I'm going back to Physical copies :/

mastaace46
mastaace46

@theAllez99 Have you figured this out yet? I was wondering the same thing. I saw this at first and thought it was insane but then realizing it was for those downloading it.

MrJskilet
MrJskilet

@Vodoo Killzone Shadow Fall will run at both 30fps and 60fps. The campaign will run at 30fps because they want that extra push on the visuals for single player. And the multiplayer will run at 60fps most of the time. The only time the framerate will drop below 60fps in multiplayer is when you are killed. So technically the game is running at 1080p 30/60fps

AnonymousSquid
AnonymousSquid

@Vodoo These machines are capable of 60 fps, but game designers prefer to push for more eye candy.

mastaace46
mastaace46

@Rattlesnake_8 I dont get the hype about going digital either. I like having the discs as well. Ever hardcore gamer i know would much rather have physical copies

edinko
edinko

@myungish OR they day will never come mate. NOt for AAA games in the highest quality. THere is no mysterious cell processor involved this time. Engineers say that it incomparable to last gen since ita basically a cheap pc. The level of optimisation possible because of the familiarity of the architecture is expected to be roughly just 1/3 of last gen.NOt my idea. I read it yesterday somewhere

jonmar
jonmar

@ewjiml I don't understand the problem. Games have always been getting bigger and HDs have always grown alongside them. Games used to be around 1Mb. Back in the late 90's games were around 400Mb and the really big ones around 600Mb and HDs back then used to be like 4Gb. Then some games started to break the 1Gb barrier and so on and so on. The size of games has never stood still. With every new game the world's get bigger, graphics and sounds get better and that leads to bigger file sizes due to the increased quality.

Its not like game devs at a brainstorming meeting go "right, with this next game we have to reach at least 50Gb". That's not how it works. They make the game they want to make and however big it ends up being, that's how big it is.

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

@NICKVOY whit gaikai on ps4 it is instant gaming, you can play the game while it is downloading.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@ahpuck Man I totally remember playing that game. And now I feel even older. And I don't even remember what a Meg is.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

@arqe Idk, Killzone 3 was about a 10 hour campaign. It was also one of the best console shooters ever created. And Killzone Shadow Fall looks more fantastic than Killzone 3, so I expect good things. It being 50 GB doesn't surprise me, as I imagine most AAA next gen titles will be quite large. Why do you think the HD's are so big now? It's not out of kindness, it's out of necessity.

mattress805
mattress805

@UnrealPro Me too. I will NEVER spend more than 10$ to 15$ on a download. Period. Anything 20$ or up I want the physical copy. Plus look at the issues the Playstation network had with GTA 5 for people who downloaded digital copies.

theAllez99
theAllez99

@mastaace46 Sorry dude, still haven't figured it out yet! ;(
I'll try to remember to update you if I figure it out! :)

pdevil21
pdevil21

@lomar07 @pdevil21 GTA VI will most certainly be next gen. Why is it so hard to believe it will be that big?

edinko
edinko

@ejay_kain @NICKVOY lol Gaikai. Did you actaully see it mate? Its so ugly that you will rather take the sleeping bag and wait trust me

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

@theAllez99 @Pierce_Sparrow You can always get a new HD. Remember, this is just the size of HD the system comes with. It's no different from the 20 gig PS3. I had that one and ended up swapping it out because I could only fit a couple of games on it. At least the 500 is a significant step beyond what the PS3 had. And if it doesn't suit you, you can always get a bigger HD or wait for the PS4 to release with a bigger one. 

arqe
arqe

@Pierce_Sparrow @arqe Hmm no its not. So Sony knows how to develop best games yet better games than Sony's exclusives which is got more FPS more Resolution , better graphics , bigger world , more characters , more weapons , more modding , more everything but they are good with maximum 20gb.

I think there is a problem here.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@shreddyz That last sentence yeah, the rest no. Good eye though. I have been one to not recognize sarcasm here and there.

arqe
arqe

@123whatever @arqe @Pierce_Sparrow and are you retarded ? i said "more fps , more resolution" on PC yet they are not 50GB big but they are still bigger and better than Killzone.

yeah more means MORE of everything i said top there.

123whatever
123whatever

@arqe @Pierce_Sparrow dafuq are you talking about? higher resolution requires higher textures... which means larger texture files... which means... MORE HARDDRIVE SPACE WILL BE REQUIRED. you realize games from ps3 and xbox 99% of the time were upscaled from 720p, lower res textures. yeah you prolly didnt know that, doesnt really sound like you know what youre talking about to begin with.