Call of Duty File Sizes Reduced to Fit Other Games In the Console

Published 03/30/2021, 11:40 AM EDT


Activision has had a number of problems with the Call of Duty franchise for the past couple of years. Ever since Infinity Ward took over Modern Warfare, things have gone haywire. Warzone was there to save the day, but only for a little while.

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The release of Black Ops Cold War and its merger with Warzone left many with a bad taste in the mouth. Starting from hackers in every lobby, SBMM, broken weapons and exploitative glitches, players had a new reason to hate the game with every major update.

Nonetheless, the upcoming Season 2 Reloaded update for Warzone and BOCW might make things better for MW players. Though the game is out of circulation, and no longer a prime concern for Activision, the game size was still troublesome.

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The most affected were the ones who played on consoles. Consoles already have lesser storage compared to PC, which means players have to be careful about their choices. Any MW player who installed Warzone had to give up over 50 gigs of space for just one game. For PC players, the sizes were more exorbitant. After an update back in July 2020, the game weighed at over 200 GB.

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Activision to reduce Call of Duty file sizes after update

Call of Duty has notified clearly, in its latest blog, that players will see the reduction in the file sizes after the update.

“Following the update, the Warzone file size will be reduced by between 10.9 GB and 14.2 GB, and the Modern Warfare/Warzone file size will be reduced by between 30.6 GB and 33.6 GB, depending on your platform.”

The space saving however will depend on the type of content the player wants to play.

“Along with the ability to remove individual modes that are no longer played, owners of the full Modern Warfare experience will see more space freed on their platform of choice. However, those who want to continue playing Campaign, Multiplayer, and/or Special Ops will need to reinstall the optimized Content Packs, which will be released alongside and shortly after the Season Two Reloaded update.”

The blog also provided the presumed file sizes on each platform.

PlayStation 5: 10.9 GB (Warzone Only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)

PlayStation 4: 10.9 GB (Warzone Only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)

Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 14.2 GB (Warzone Only) / 33.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)

Xbox One: 14.2 GB (Warzone Only) / 33.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)

PC: 11.8 GB (Warzone Only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)

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Activision promises the update sizes will considerably reduce after today’s update. For players of Warzone, this update will range over 50 gigs. However, players can choose to uninstall any content pack they don’t play to reduce the size.

The Warzone update will go live at 11 PM PST today.

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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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