Call of Duty Games Are Making PS4s Look Obsolete

Published 02/26/2021, 6:30 AM EST


Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War just received a massive season 2 update yesterday. Players of the free-to-play battle royale, Warzone, also got an update. All of it together, with the 2019 Modern Warfare, adds up to a gigantic size for just one gaming banner.

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While PC players with terabytes worth of HDDs and SSDs will not raise eyebrows, things are not the same in the console world. Yesteryear console players, especially PS4 players, will find it difficult to manage such enormous file sizes in their 500 GB console.

The recent merger between Black Ops Cold War and Warzone was one of the primary reasons why the size of the game considerably got bigger. CoD players are not alien to huge update sizes, as Raven Software and Infinity Ward announced massive update sizes every season. However, if any PS4 player keeps all three CoD titles fully updated simultaneously, it might get too hot for the console.

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Technically, all three games will not fit the 500GB hard drive with every mode and pack installed. This is before they can even think of installing another game in the console. Even the new PlayStation 5 demands free storage of 100 GB for the 17 GB BOCW update. That is simply too much of a buffer size, even for the new-gen consoles. The issue is more precarious on the PS5, as players currently cannot move games out of the PS5 SSD.

Below are the update sizes for each title.

Black Ops Cold War Update Sizes
PlayStation 5: 18.0 GB
PlayStation 4: 10.5 GB
Xbox One Series X / Xbox One Series S: 26.5 GB
Xbox One: 15.3 GB
PC: 13.7 GB

Warzone Update Sizes
PlayStation 5: 17.0 GB
PlayStation 4: 17.0 GB
Xbox One Series X / Xbox One Series S: 17.9 GB
Xbox One: 17.9 GB
PC: 16.9 GB (Warzone Only) / 20.8 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)

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In a recent blog, Call of Duty players have been instructed on how to manage space on the PS4. One of the easiest methods is to delete the campaign for each title, which takes up a lot of space. To delete modes or other content packs, follow the instructions below.

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Black Ops Cold War: At the main menu, press R3 to go to “File Management.” You will then be able to delete any content you may not have played in a while. The exact content to choose can be found in the Storage Management article linked below.

Modern Warfare/Warzone: At the main menu, press Options, select the “General” tab, then scroll down to “Game Installs.” From here, you can delete any content you have not played in a while.

Update sizes are now going to be a constant fear for all console players. Slowly and steadily it will just become too big for the yesteryear consoles, turning them obsolete after half a decade of rigorous gaming.

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Avhinandan Chakraborty

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Avhinandan Chakraborty is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since August 2020. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in English Literature from Calcutta University, and has been professionally writing since 2020. Ever since he was a child, he has been extremely passionate about online gaming and eSports, having played titles like GTA Vice City, FIFA, and IGI, among many others.

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