The next-generation consoles offer a lot of new opportunities: the opportunity for gorgeously eye-popping games, beautiful visuals, and also massive file size downloads from our favorite digital distribution sources. At least this will also be the case for Sony’s upcoming Killzone: Shadow Fall, which will almost top a massive 50GB.
With Sony Computer Entertainment UK’s Fergal Gara speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, he revealed that it looks like we should be expecting some enormous files from next-gen games, and to prepare our hard drives and bandwidth usage:
“There are big innovations in the PS4 to make it more attractive and more easy gamer-wise to want to download. 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.”
“It is still a relatively tedious process. We’ve done a lot of work on pre-delivering files. It’s not perfect. It’s not seamless. 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.”
“But it’s a major area of focus. It’s a major area of investment. 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. 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.”
Although Shadow Fall‘s 50GB might be a bit of an investment for most gamers in time and hard drive space, the PS4’s Play as You Download feature will definitely help those planning on purchasing the PSN version of the game…or at least while waiting for all 50GB to finish downloading.