The PC version of Final Fantasy XV will reportedly take up 170GB of drive space (Updated)

By midian182 · 33 replies
Aug 22, 2017
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  1. Update: It seems that Final Fantasy fans won’t need to rush out and buy a new SSD. In an interview with Kotaku at Gamescom, game director Hajime Tabata called the 170GB listing a communications error.

    "That was a mistake, actually," he said. "That was a communications mistake - something got put in a memo that really shouldn't have. What that is [the specifications that went out to press] based on the specs that we're running the demo on today."

    "Again, the final specs for the release version haven't been fixed yet. There's a very good chance they can change. Someone put that in there and it got reported as the recommended specs, but that's not the final fixed version. The fact that it became that number is a communication [error]."

    As PC games become ever larger and more complex, the amount of storage space they require continues to increase. Most big releases these days hover around the 40GB – 60GB mark, with some requesting even more – Gears of War 4, for example, asks for 114GB. But that’s nothing compared to the PC version of Final Fantasy XV, which will reportedly eat up a whopping 170GB of your hard drive.

    Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is set for release in early 2018. While that does mean PC owners will have waited over a year and a half for the game, Square Enix is loading it with “Nvidia GameWorks technology and other advanced PC features.”

    The PC port will receive “4K high res textures, Dolby Atmos, realistic turf, advanced hair simulation, combustible fluid, fire and smoke simulation, advanced shadow alogrithmns, high quality ambient occlusion, Ansel screenshots,” and more. Those with compatible monitors will also enjoy support for HDR10 and 8K resolutions.

    All those high-res textures and fancy effects mean the game is going to take up a large chunk of your drive. According to GearNuke, the recommended specs list it as 170GB. Square Enix is also reportedly recommending an Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.7 GHz, 16GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

    Those recommendations are pretty extreme, though they’re presumably for running the game at its highest settings. But judging from the luscious 4K trailer, a rig upgrade could be worth it for Final Fantasy fans.

    If you want to find out more about Final Fantasy's GameWorks technologies, check out this extensive blog post from Nvidia.

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  2. RedGuard

    RedGuard TS Enthusiast Posts: 53   +24

    So we're talking about some 45-minute download.

    Anyway, I'm very happy that this releases on PC. For all I care it could be 500 GB.
  3. Scorpionking20

    Scorpionking20 TS Booster Posts: 61   +29

    WTF? Devs forgot about compression. This is silly! Gears size was outrageous too.
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,867   +1,258

    I have never played FF but this part would bother me, "PC port"
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,277   +1,039

    I see AMD cards are about to get trashed...
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,052   +1,366

    I don't care how many 4k textures you have or WAV files you use there is no solid technological reason this should be 170gb.
    EClyde, Theinsanegamer and nrstha like this.
  7. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 628   +402

    Square enix rocks! I dont care about the size.
    RedGuard and DaveBG like this.
  8. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,867   +1,258

    There was a time when people would have said the same thing but with mb and before that kb. ;)
    Reehahs likes this.
  9. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,052   +1,366

    not really relevant to this situation - I do alot of work with game assets (although I won't pretend to do it on a professional basis yet) and you have to be inherently wasteful and completely ignore optimization hit this level of game size. There is nothing in this game that gives it a reason to be so huge - unless their "8k" support means "8k" textures too, which would also be *****ic as the amount of people playing this game at 8k probably falls into single, possibly low double digits.
  10. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Maniac Posts: 342   +116

    So you would prefer compressed junk instead of quality game? Not me. I could not care less for the space usage. I have 10+TB drives and it is not expensive to buy more. If you are a real gamer size of the game is the only spec you do not care about. In fact I find myself refusing to look at games that are below 50GB of size nowadays.
    RedGuard and namesrejected like this.
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,052   +1,366

    I honestly cant tell if this is serious or not
  12. Scorpionking20

    Scorpionking20 TS Booster Posts: 61   +29

    Hmm...yeah. I have 8tb worth of storage drives in my tower, 8 more externally, a 256gb boot ssd and a 1tb ssd for games. So yeah...170gb for a game is a LOT. Maybe you are too poor to get ssds for your games, or you are so wealthy that you can spend thousands on ssd storage. Either way...this is an absurd amount of space for a game. You sound really silly with comments like "real gamers don't care about the install size." For the most part, I don't. I could fit 3 huge games on my game ssd instead of this. Don't be so obtuse.
    andrewyoung likes this.
  13. Daithi

    Daithi TS Booster Posts: 82   +91

    Enjoy your no sales in Canada and a whole bunch of other places with restrictive data caps I guess.
    EClyde likes this.
  14. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 406   +250

    Ugh stop calling these games Final Fantasy! It's not even along the same lines as the originals anymore. Driving around cars and shooting guns for heavens sake. Not turn based, not even medieval times anymore, now it's just sort of steampunk modern.
    EClyde and namesrejected like this.
  15. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,470   +950

    That's like saying "I don't care about optimization, I have 4x 1080Ti's, 64GB of RAM and whatever CPU is the best now". Let them and next time they will release a game even bigger and even less optimized, see where this leads to?

    Speaking about quality game, what makes a 170GB game a quality game?

    Haven't heard something this dumb in quite a while. What's a "real gamer" even?
    This shows what a "real gamer" you are. You judge games by their size, I've never heard anyone say this before.
    -"Yo, wanna play this cool new indie game?"
    -"How much is it in size?"
    -"Nah, mate, it needs to be 50GB minimum before I look into it"

    I hope I'm just getting trolled here.
    EClyde, veLa, Reehahs and 3 others like this.
  16. Misagt

    Misagt TS Addict Posts: 193   +124

    Sounds like they could of done some compression but really as a PC gamer what does a 2TB hard drive set you back? In Canada at 30% premium it's bout $120 so $80 in the US? Personally I have had a dedicated 4TB drive for gamers for a few years now.
    So if you are really into this game I would think you would appreciate all the effort they put into doing a lot more then simply porting some 30 fps locked console game.
  17. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 271   +163

    I would have thought sarcasm...after all, the only way he could potentially afford 10TB or larger individual drives is if he used 7200RPM HDDs...& everyone knows that real gamers only use SSDs...
    andrewyoung likes this.
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,279

    Still on dial-up then eh? Not to worry, maybe one day you can say it'll be a 45 second download when you decide to get a faster connection.
    RedGuard likes this.
  19. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +301

    I don't think 170GB is that outragous considering what type of PC this game will require anyways. Its typical technology, in 5 years this will be typical size for indie games.
  20. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,704   +1,811

    And Nvidia likely too. I don't think a game has ever had this much GimpWorks stuff in it but I know for sure that nearly every time last gen Nvidia cards get screwed over as well (900 series). It wouldn't be the first time Nvidia has done something completely uneeded to make sure performance on everything but their latest cards is good.

    It's like this guy doesn't realize that games have been employing texture compression with zero visual fidelity lose for a long time now. They could cut that game size in half with a lossless method alone.
  21. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 457   +797

    Not really. Bioshock Infinite (inc DLC) ate up 40GB 4.5 years ago, and since then Indie games have included : Banished = 178MB / Hammerwatch = 175MB / Stardew Valley = 393MB, etc. Meanwhile, "Everybody's Gone To The Rapture" took up only 5.3GB looking like this whilst Mirrors Edge Catalyst ate up 23.1GB looking like this...
  22. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,122   +1,144

    170GB = "LOL we couldnt be bothered to optimize this digital excrement, enjoy your 15 minute load times with SSDs!"

    Also, for the jokers saying "oohh 45 minute download" at 50 Mbps, this would take over 8 hours, assuming maximum speed and no network traffic or interruptions. The average non peak speed in the US is 17.2. And for many, this is over half their monthly cap, not to mention the inevitable 20-50+ GB patches to fix massive broken portions of this game.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,416   +534

    It's a scary term... as its turned out to be crap in the past. Hopefully it will be solid though, and considering the wait it damn well better be. GTA 5 was a port too, but R* did an excellent job with it. A complete reversal from GTA 4.
  24. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,867   +1,258

    Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain was a port failure. Well it was a failure in general since Konami half butt it.
  25. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,203   +742

    It's an RPG, so a large portion of that space is probably cut scenes and effects.
    I doubt the devs were thinking that making the game 3x the size of the average would be funny.
    Fallout 4 texture pack alone was 58GB, so do the math.

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