Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 requires 50GB day one patch for disc users

Shawn Knight

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will require console gamers using a physical retail disc to download and install a day one update before playing for the first time.

Activision on its support page notes that the 50GB day one update must be installed completely in order to access multiplayer, zombies and specialist headquarters game types. Blackout, CoD’s take on battle royale, can be played once installation is about 30 percent complete.

On the PlayStation 4, Activision recommends having at least 112GB of free hard drive space available for an “optimized download experience.” This isn’t the size of the download but rather, the amount of space needed to complete the installation process.

The final installation footprint on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be approximately 55GB, we’re told.

Having to download and install a sizable day one patch is a bit annoying but given the speed of today’s Internet connections, it’s really little more than an inconvenience. Had something like that happened a decade ago, there’d certainly be more of a reason to be upset.

The easiest way to get around the stumbling block is to simply purchase the digital version of the game and pre-load it.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 arrives on October 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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ShagnWagn

TS Guru
Seems to me like they are deliberately making it a pain for customers/fans to buy physical copies. So they essentially re-wrote the game from scratch from the time they stamped the discs?? Is their code really that jacked up?

"a bit annoying but given the speed of today’s Internet connections"
Hmm, haven't been out to rural U.S.? Most of the country would have to wait hours for this huge download!
 
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Lionvibez

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Thank god for living in the city and having a 500Mbps connection. But then again I'm not a COD player I prefer battlefield.

Does anyone still have Disc drives in their PC's?
 

treetops

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Well from the little bit of googling I did, the discs can only hold 50 GB. The game is 105 GB? Most of the info I saw was from forums so I might be completely wrong.

"The final installation footprint on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be approximately 55GB, we’re told."

Wii U max per disc is 25 GB if I understand this right
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_optical_discs
 

texasrattler

TS Evangelist
The game itself is only like 5gb? The 50gb is just for a patch? Ouch. Plus you need like 115gb free.
As for discs, only consoles use them. Pc has bascially moved on from discs.

That update must be fixing a lot or prepare for backlash, oh wait its CoD its coming already.
Oh btw, the servers wont be ready. I expect server issues on day 1. CoD is and will always been known for never being rdy for new games despite the fact they make a Billion dollar in sales annually or most of the time. Plus this game is overly hyped. Get rdy for the fail n complaining thats going to come.
 

psycros

TS Evangelist
This is why I wait six months to buy games. By then you'll know if its got staying power AND avoid 99% of the major issues. I can't fathom why anyone would pay good money for an unfinished product. Do you "level up" in modern shooters? The only FPS games I play are on LAN and most are at least ten years old.
 

H3llion

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Well from the little bit of googling I did, the discs can only hold 50 GB. The game is 105 GB? Most of the info I saw was from forums so I might be completely wrong.

"The final installation footprint on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be approximately 55GB, we’re told."

Wii U max per disc is 25 GB if I understand this right
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_optical_discs
So add 2 discs? I installed WoW on 4 or w/e it was back in the day.
 

BSim500

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Does anyone still have Disc drives in their PC's?
Yes, lots of us. Unless you have a very narrow taste in music / movies, it's still perfectly normal for millions to rip discs to put movies on a NAS / HTPC, music on a phone / MP3 player without constantly announcing they're doing so.
 
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senketsu

......….Does anyone still have Disc drives in their PC's?
me, and the Blu-ray drive/burner is an indispensable part of the build. CD, DVD, Blu-ray's all very good. When I get into UHD I will buy a standalone drive.
 
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Lionvibez

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Yes, lots of us. Unless you have a very narrow taste in music / movies, it's still perfectly normal for millions to rip discs to put movies on a NAS / HTPC, music on a phone / MP3 player without constantly announcing they're doing so.
This I understand as I'm old enough I was copying floppies back in the day :)

My current Rig still has a DVD burner in it and my HTPC still has a Blu ray burner in it.

But to be honest these days I don't use them much as I can just download stuff in the format I need.