One of the bigger concerns with next-gen consoles is hard drive space. The Xbox Series S reportedly has less than 400gb usable space but may benefit from reduced texture file sizes (as it is not aimed to be a 4K machine). Meanwhile, the PS5 has been shown to only have 667gb of usable space. And at launch, expansion options will be extremely limited (and expensive) for the PS5. So if you’re planning to play Cold War on the next-gen console, be prepared to manage drive space.
UPDATE: Activision has now shared the official install sizes for each platform and at least for pre-load, the PS5 will be 133gb.
PlayStation 4: 95GB
PlayStation 5: 133GB
Xbox One: 93GB
Xbox Series X|S: 136GB
According to a picture shared with our friends at Charlie Intel, the PS5 case for Black Ops Cold War shows it will consume 285gb “minimum” at install. Whether or not this includes day one updates or any of the options for installing “sections” of the game such as single player or multiplayer only, we are unsure at this time. No matter what, it’s clear that Cold War will consume a large chunk of your PS5’s hard drive space.
We’ve been talking for a long time now about storage concerns for next-gen and it seems that keeping your current external drives will almost be a necessity in the short-term. If you don’t have one, it may be a good time to invest.