Installation Size Matters, Regardless Of Online Capability
Size matters, guys. I’m sorry to say. Now this is obviously something being said by a fan of Tyrion Lannister so take that how you will, but the phrase ‘size matters’ actually does have some bearing, and it works both ways — so you can set aside your insecurities and just listen; in other words, sometimes a thing is just too big to be of use to anyone anymore.
Take for example the recently revealed update for Killer Instinct on Xbox One, which brings in an arcade mode, spectator mode and eight player lobbies and weighs in at a total size of 6.8GB.
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That’s just too big, son.
The thing is, it’s so easy to explain it away as the information age being at a point when it’s so simple for us to just download something really large, but why then does the Xbox One have such a small hard drive that, at present, cannot be replaced? Must we then download and delete over time, only to download again when we mean to play it next? Isn’t that what the layman might call an inconvenience?
I just don’t get it, and the net result of this is that games are releasing requiring upwards of 50GB of install space. That is a ridiculous amount of storage, and for what exactly? Sound files? Textures? Really now. Surely 1080p 60FPS isn’t so important to gamers that we end up with games so egregiously large that they require significant chunks of hard drive space in order to enjoy.
Or perhaps this is developers being lazy and shirking on optimisation? I can actually get behind that because as we’ve seen with the success of early access recently, gamers are an impatient bunch who will throw money at you not if you can present a complete product, but if you can present enough of a product that they can play it for a while.
Silly, isn’t it?
Installation size matters and as much as it’s great that some games allow you to play while installing, when so many games are consumed by gamers in a year then the result is a hard drive crammed full… and then you start to wonder, perhaps this is what is wanted? Perhaps it’s the agenda that will sell more hard drives.
I don’t really know, nor do I care. But as much as it’s great to have 20Mbps uncapped unshaped internet to the point that you can stream pretty much everything in the world at 1080p and never stop downloading games, it’s still a massive schlep to have to delete and reinstall games because your fucking hard drive is full. Again.
Or maybe it’s just me who sees how retarded that sort of world is.