As we've transitioned over to dedicated SSD storage with next-gen consoles, space on those drives has become prime real estate. These things are not cheap, especially when it comes to expanding the base storage with external cards! Sadly, some next-gen games don't really take this into account - with NBA 2K23 being the latest humongous Xbox Series X title.
As spotted by folks over on Reddit (the game is now installable ahead of release), NBA 2K23 on Xbox Series X clocks in at just north of 150GB. That's a biggie!
We've seen some huge game sizes this generation so far, but it's not often things tip over that 150gb mark - especially in this genre! If you're picking this one up, it's probably a good idea to make room for its arrival.
We haven't spotted the game's Xbox Series S install size just yet, but if it's anywhere near the Series X size, it'll take up almost half of the system's usable internal drive space!
What do you make of this? Would it put you off picking the game up? Let us know in the comments.
Yeah that's a lot of space for one game. I hope you really enjoy the game.
I think the biggest I have installed at the moment is Forza 5 (109Gb). The biggest I have had on my Series X is Ark Survival Evolved which I think was also in the 150gb region with all the DLC installed. I downloaded it overnight, played it for a week then got bored so yeah 👍
It's weird how different developers seem to be handling the new consoles' file sizes differently.
When Shadow of the Tomb Raider got its Series X upgrade, the file size halved, from ~46GB on Xbox One to ~23GB on Series X.
Hitman 2 on Xbox One with all the content from Hitman 1 and 2 installed was ~120GB. Hitman 3 on Series X with all the content from Hitman 1, 2 and 3 installed is somewhere between 70 and 80GB.
Yet stuff like Master Chief Collection, Call of Duty, Forza Horizon, etc just keep getting bigger.
And this is one of the reasons why Cloud will eventually become the place to play the latest, greatest, biggest games being made because of the Size of the games. Too big to fit on disc requiring long downloads, and require lots of local storage space which is 'expensive' for gamers - much easier, cheaper etc to Stream. That game is also always up to date - no need to download and install patches/fixes etc.
Holy smokes! You'd think something like Forza Horizon would need more space as it's a massive map and all those highly detailed car models rather than some people in a stadium.
I shudder to think how big games will be at the end of this generation. Will we even end up with games over a Terabyte one day? Maybe.
To be fair this game has a massive amount of Content and modes. I’d go far as to say it might be the biggest leap a yearly sports game has ever made?
I didn’t think they could do anything to get me to buy it day one. Not after picking it up for a fiver within a year for the last few years…. But the revamped Jordan mode and the crazy Era mode makes this a monster for NBA fans.
I’d love an era mode in FIFA or Madden.
Pfft, that's just crazy large.
That's just a lack of talent on the developers part. Some incredibly detailed games have had relatively small download sizes on Series X and PS5. Cross gen are often smaller on current gen consoles.
Hey BBB Base game of ark is 150 GB if you open the manage hard drive you find with all the dlc it's between 175 and 190
@Markatron84 well. it depends, some X/S versions can actually be booted from the HDD. Like MCC.
Modern warfare's 2 file size will probably be about the same especially if they've incorporated warzone 2 into it
@BAMozzy streaming has its own issues to work out still. Internet speeds are progressing to 1gbps and SSD prices will continue to fall like any other storage device. 600mbps will take 35 minutes to download. 1gbps will take 21 minutes.
@PhileasFragg maybe look into what goes into NBA 2k. Every player from the NBA and WNBA gets 3d scanned to be in the game. NBA 2K probably has more map size then forza with all the modes they have.
Honestly, this is why I've given up on the latest entries in this series. Same deal with COD. These games are just too big, and it's hard to justify all the space they consume.
I think it was perfect in the mid-late 10's, when the file size was like 50 - 60GB.
@JayJ to each their own, but I love 4k assets and the size is irrelevant to me, as I download the game before it ever even comes out.
@Kobeandodom I've seen no shortage of better looking games that are much smaller. They just have these things bloated, and the size competes with all the other games I want to have installed.
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