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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's File Size Is Getting Ridiculous

With another large update last week, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's file size is approaching half that of standard console hard drives.


Since launch, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been steadily growing in size thanks to its frequent, large updates. Following last week's latest patch and additional DLC content, the Modern Warfare file size now occupies close to 200GB on any given platform, and these updates are required to keep playing the game online. They also mean even those buying a new physical copy will have to wait for a substantial period before they can actually play.

Modern Warfare on PC currently takes about just over 180GB of hard-drive space, while ringing in at just over 185GB on PS4 and Xbox One. This follows two patches that went live on April 28. On PC these were combined into a single 32GB download, while it was split into a 12GB title update and additional 18GB DLC download on consoles. Warzone players on console could skip the latter of the two, reducing their overall download requirement and file size.

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Downloading big updates has become normal for Modern Warfare players, so much so that developer Infinity Ward addressed it specifically in February. During the lead up to Season 2, Infinity Ward stressed that the large update size at the time (in excess of 50GB) would help reduce update sizes in the future, while also improving the game's overall footprint on your hard drive. While 32GB is smaller, the game's growing size is concerning, especially as it inches closer towards 50% of the total internal capacity of both the PS4 and Xbox One S.

Prior to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launching, Infinity Ward shared the PC requirements for the shooter, which included a recommended hard drive partition of 175GB. At the time Infinity Ward explained that this was to ensure future content updates had space to exist, but that estimate has already been exceeded following this week's patch.

It's leading to a lot of frustration from players, especially when Infinity Ward isn't being clear as to why the game requires more and more space on consoles and PC alike. But if you plan on continuing you play online, there's no other option. We've reached out to Activision for comment on Modern Warfare's on-going update situation.

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