In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony’s UK managing director Fergal Gara revealed that the file size for the digital download of Guerrilla Games’ Killzone: Shadow Fall is “cracking on for” 50GB. The sizeable download itself will be available when the console launches next month via the PSN, and Gara went on to discuss the imminent nature of an all-digital future while touching upon the growing demand for downloadable titles.
“First of all, it is definitely going to grow as a means of consumption. And 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.”
Though many users will be apprehensive about the colossal 50GB file size – particularly given the PSN’s sluggish reputation – Gara assured the community that improving the digital front has been a “major focus” of the PlayStation 4’s online ecosystem. What’s more, the console’s Play as you Download feature will serve to minimize any problems surrounding modest download speeds across the country.
We understand that the PlayStation 4 will ship with an upgradable 500GB HDD at launch, meaning that Killzone: Shadow Fall will occupy at least 10% right off the bat. Still, this digital shift will almost be synonymous with next-gen consoles; as Microsoft and Sony place a greater emphasis on their digital outlets as opposed to bricks-and-mortar stores.
What’re your thoughts, though? Are you concerned that digital file sizes for games such as Killzone: Shadow Fall will balloon at a faster rate than the standard internet speed? Let us know below.