How big are Xbox One games? List reveals install sizes up to 43GB

If you’re looking forward to owning an Xbox One in the next couple of weeks, you may be wondering how big all those exciting new next-gen games are – and how much storage on the console’s hard drive will be eaten up when you install them.

Thanks to the folks over on NeoGAF, we’re starting to get a pretty decent picture of just how much space the Xbox One’s launch titles will need, thanks to @midnightswami who, you may recall, was lucky enough to get his console delivered earlier than expected.

While his Xbox One remains temporarily barred from Xbox Live, he is still able to install games and play them in offline mode. Fellow NeoGAF members have compiled a list based on his findings, which shows that the smallest install size is 246MB for Xbox Fitness; the largest installation so far is for NBA 2K14, which eats up a mighty 43GB of space. Call Of Duty: Ghosts isn’t too far behind, with a footprint of 39GB.

The list as it currently stands is published below, but be sure to bookmark this page to stay up to date on the latest updates and revisions.

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag - 20GB
  • Battlefield 4 - 33GB 
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts - 39GB
  • Crimson Dragon
  • Dead Rising 3 - 19GB
  • FIFA 14 - 8GB
  • Fighter Within - 9.2GB 
  • Forza Motorsport 5 - 31GB
  • Just Dance 2014 - 22GB
  • Killer Instinct - 2.4GB (3.4GB for full install, can play after downloading 2.4GB)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes
  • Lococycle - 13GB
  • Madden NFL 25 - 12GB
  • NBA 2K14 - 43GB
  • NBA Live 14 - 9GB
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Powerstar Golf - 3.9GB 
  • Ryse: Son of Rome - 34GB
  • Skylanders: Swap Force - 15GB
  • Xbox Fitness - 246MB 
  • Zoo Tycoon - 2.6GB 
  • Zumba: World Party - 24GB

Source: NeoGAF

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I'm guessing that with time, installation footprints will trend smaller as game developers learn what kinds of data they can feasibly store on cloud servers. But for now, everyone is being cautious and copying everything locally.

/could be wrong

NBA 2K14 - 43GB
NBA Live 14 - 9GB

That's a serious gap right there for 2 games on the same genre launching "together". It's as if NBA Live 14 was a repackaging of the 360 edition (which sadly probably is).

Kinda makes the 500GB stock HDD that comes with the XBox One seem a lot like the original 20GB HDD that came with the 360.

Shadrack said,
Kinda makes the 500GB stock HDD that comes with the XBox One seem a lot like the original 20GB HDD that came with the 360.

Can't see how when it's the same size as the PS4, and you're able to use external hdds for games unlike the PS4

-T- said,

Can't see how when it's the same size as the PS4, and you're able to use external hdds for games unlike the PS4

But you can replace the internal HD on a PS4 which is even better. Try again.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

But you can replace the internal HD on a PS4 which is even better. Try again.

But space may still be an issue on PS4 because the largest drive you can fit in there is 1.5tb.
External drives are already at 4tb+

-T- said,

Can't see how when it's the same size as the PS4, and you're able to use external hdds for games unlike the PS4

You can't see how? Really? Did you read the article? If games push 30 - 50 GB for the digital download, then your 500GB hard drive will hold about 10 - 20 games. The 360 with a 20GB hard drive and games taking 2+GB each meant it could hold roughly ~10 games (actually mostly less). An extremely modest improvement over the 360 when it was released.

Not sure what the hell my post had to do with the PS4. Why do you folks always have to turn everything into an annoying whinny fanboy war? It makes my eyes sore from the constant rolling after reading your blundering babbles.

RatherLargeBear said,

But space may still be an issue on PS4 because the largest drive you can fit in there is 1.5tb.


Got a source for this? I can't find anything that suggests 1.5TB is the PS4's maximum capacity. Feel free to prove me otherwise.

I think he's just saying 2TB is the largest drive (not 1.5TB anymore) available for the PS4 because that's the largest drive MADE. There is no option to go bigger because there's nothing you can buy that's bigger.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

But you can replace the internal HD on a PS4 which is even better. Try again.

Better by what definition? Plugging something in and expanding is much better than just replacing.

SHoTTa35 said,
I think he's just saying 2TB is the largest drive (not 1.5TB anymore) available for the PS4 because that's the largest drive MADE. There is no option to go bigger because there's nothing you can buy that's bigger.

What do ya mean? ive got 2x 3TB HD's in my rig and there are 4 TB ones out now, the only way approx 2 TB is the max is if its a limitation of the BIOS or OS its running with. same as you cant have a 2TB+ boot drive withouth UEFI, or having 2TB+ storage without GPT

Spicoli said,
Except the price. I could buy a pile of consoles for what my gaming PC costs.

usually a decent gaming rig costs three times the price of a console. If it's more, usually it's due to multi monitor gaming or wanting ultra details at 2560x1440+

PC gaming doesn't have to cost the earth though, you can build a full system inc monitor for £800 which will have very good graphics (high 1080p)

You can also justify it because it's an actual usable PC, I picked up a GTX 780 which was purely for gaming...other than that the rest of the rig had the same hardware it would have had anyway. So in reality I spent an extra $400 on a video card...

Would have been nice if both consoles could easily accept swapping out to larger hard drives. They're both so paranoid about hacking, there's probably a lot of things they could have done but didn't. Hell I have 500GB internal and 500GB external for PS3 now and housekeeping is a weekly chore.

There's no dlc for bf4, China rising will only be released in a month, its possible that the textures are less compressed to help the CPU and GPU since it's only a semi mobile device CPU wise

It was a mistake for MS to put such a small HDD in the One. At the very least, they should've made it user-replaceable with a conventional laptop HDD. Game size will also be used as a prime example of why they need to move to cloud based game streaming in the next generation. If they're this big now, imagine what they'll be like in another 10 years!

Spicoli said,
That's really struggling to find something to complain about.

Whose complaining? It was an observation, nothing more.

Spicoli said,
Pure observation would be rational. That post was not.

500GB is not a significant amount of storage these day, especially when factoring in the install sizes of these games. 1 TB would've been better and there is nothing wrong with allowing the user to replace the HDD, other than wanting to monetize accessories. Can't blame them, but it sucks for us.

As for Streaming games, you'd have to be blind not to see this coming. Onlive was before its time. They're simply waiting on the bandwidth to catch up to their plans. Why press discs and make people install 100+GB games in 10 years when it can all be streamed for a subscription fee. No piracy, no physical media to sell.

I await your analysis of my irrational response.

Yeah, but 7TB (and that's not counting RAID or JBOD storage devices) > 2TB, which is the maximum you can put in the PS4.

Edited by Thief000, Nov 12 2013, 5:06pm :

There are no drives larger than 2TB at 2,5" and is as expensive as much larger 3,5" drives. Sure there will be larger 2,5" drives at some point in the future, but 3,5" based drives will be more cost efficient, even in external enclosures and can be put in all kinds of arrays. Then there's the fact of multi console library availability with a simple USB interface.

If you're that desperate I suppose you could always get sata cable extensions and plug them into the ports inside the ps4 and have the drive hanging out.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Still pretty crappy that you can't just replace the internal one TBH.

Even though i'd like the ability to choose to upgrade the inside, if it came down to a choice i;d vote external. It's just far more extensible.

so what Neowin is saying, is that if you buy all the launch games you will have used well over half of the 500gb hdd

really think MS should have stuck in a 1TB at least considering the life span of the xbox one will be a good 10 years!

Guess you don't need all the games installed at once, only the ones you are playing though

glen8 said,
so what Neowin is saying, is that if you buy all the launch games you will have used well over half of the 500gb hdd

really think MS should have stuck in a 1TB at least considering the life span of the xbox one will be a good 10 years!

Guess you don't need all the games installed at once, only the ones you are playing though

I'm sure they'll be happy to sell us a new version a year from now with a 1TB drive for $499. That said you'll be able to use a external usb3 drive of your choice to install games to.

GP007 said,

I'm sure they'll be happy to sell us a new version a year from now with a 1TB drive for $499. That said you'll be able to use a external usb3 drive of your choice to install games to.

And on top of that, dont Xbox One users get unlimited Cloud storage for things like game saves, etc.?

Mulsivaas said,
And on top of that, dont Xbox One users get unlimited Cloud storage for things like game saves, etc.?

Something like that, but game saves and so on are way smaller files. I like the idea of using a big external USB3 drive though, at least that way you can take it with you to a friends house and not have to reinstall your games on his Xbox One again.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
^ I'm not so sure you can just connect it to someone else's Xbox One and play games off of it...

If you're signed in under your xbox live account perhaps?

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
^ I'm not so sure you can just connect it to someone else's Xbox One and play games off of it...

You'll still need the disc in the drive and if you sign in with your account since the game license is tied to your account to begin with it should all work. Guess we'll find out in time though.

dipsylalapo said,
THis is just the install size right? Can we expect the download sizes to be pretty similar?

The download sizes could be smaller since they can compress the files and extract then for the install to your hard drive. For example a game that needs 40GB on your hdd could be half that to download if they use compression.

I don't know what's the average size of people's game catalog, but seems to me that we'll be running out of (default/internal) HD space pretty soon this gen.

That's the beauty of the Xbox One. Of course you could jam the most expensive 2TB 2,5" HDD in there, but the external media support for the Xbox One makes the size go up to 7TB and up soon.

Idk, maybe because it's a PC, not a console game that works with textures and content differently, despite compression rates.

That'll be the DLC you can unlock

At least they didn't cut it out of the base game eh..

Jokes aside, it's probably tweaks they've made on textures and sound sampling to make it look spiffy on the TV.

Does seem strange. On PC, maxed out, the graphics are impressive, but it's not due to texture use as much as lighting and physics, which increases GPU/CPU needs more than space.

sagum said,
That'll be the DLC you can unlock

At least they didn't cut it out of the base game eh..

Jokes aside, it's probably tweaks they've made on textures and sound sampling to make it look spiffy on the TV.

i doubt its the DLC cus if the servers are that bad and the single player seemingly rushed i doubt theyve put the finishing touches to the DLC, even that will be spread out over months so wouldnt of bin a high priority for them. we get china rising free - least the pre-orders did - then dunno if theyd charge more for the small expansions or not.

I wouldnt of thought it would be tweaks to textures for the TV as 1080p is 1080p - well or 720p or 900p where X1 + PS4 are concerned. Also i guess they could of put in different sound modes for DTS, 7.1 5.1 etc that different TV setups may have cus that takes up a huge amount of space.

Hahaiah said,
Does seem strange. On PC, maxed out, the graphics are impressive, but it's not due to texture use as much as lighting and physics, which increases GPU/CPU needs more than space.

which means the extra GBs on the console could be due to baked lighting.

Jlobb2 said,
How long does it take to install a game this size?

i believe on the ps4 it takes 10 seconds to initialize for you to play, then it installs the rest in background....

The same, or similar, should be for xbox one.

auziez said,

i believe on the ps4 it takes 10 seconds to initialize for you to play, then it installs the rest in background....

The same, or similar, should be for xbox one.

Hehe, I highly doubt it's going to be 10 seconds.

At the very least it's going to be the promo logos at the start of the game, a intro movie, menu and probably at least the first level of the game.

While you're playing that first level, the rest of the game will continue to download, hopefully the 2nd level is downloaded before you've completed the first level.

If it's anything like what we've already got on the PC, with the likes of World of Warcraft and Rift, you're looking at around 500Mb initial download to get you into the game, or 1-2gb download to be 'ready to play' with low quality textures as place holders while larger textures are downloaded on the fly for new areas, maps, levels items, etc while you play... and the rest of the bandwidth is used to download content while in existing downloaded areas of the game.

Depending on how the game does it, it could be a few minutes to get you into the game, or it could require a few gigs of downloading.

sagum said,

Hehe, I highly doubt it's going to be 10 seconds.

At the very least it's going to be the promo logos at the start of the game, a intro movie, menu and probably at least the first level of the game.

While you're playing that first level, the rest of the game will continue to download, hopefully the 2nd level is downloaded before you've completed the first level.

If it's anything like what we've already got on the PC, with the likes of World of Warcraft and Rift, you're looking at around 500Mb initial download to get you into the game, or 1-2gb download to be 'ready to play' with low quality textures as place holders while larger textures are downloaded on the fly for new areas, maps, levels items, etc while you play... and the rest of the bandwidth is used to download content while in existing downloaded areas of the game.

Depending on how the game does it, it could be a few minutes to get you into the game, or it could require a few gigs of downloading.

well im a bit fuzzy on the whole thing for both ps4 and the one. But, i mean here's to hoping it wont be too long.

auziez said,

well im a bit fuzzy on the whole thing for both ps4 and the one. But, i mean here's to hoping it wont be too long.

For sure, it's going to be a lot better then they currently handle downloads on the ps3 and xbox.

How well it works? Who knows, because both Sony and Microsoft haven't been totally clear on anything regarding the new consoles, often changing their minds about things, or simply not explaining clear enough (probably because they're quite unsure themselves).

What you can do right now, is see how it works on the PC. At least then you have a benchmark for how well the PS4 and Xbox does at release.

Visit the world of Warcraft site and sign up for their free 2 play account, and download the client. That'll let you play as soon as it's downloaded a small amount, and will continue to download in the background while you're playing.

The installer is an 89MB download, the full install is 24GB download. With the play button ready to launch the game after 650MB download.

Call of Duty: Ghosts @ 39GB isn't too bad either, will save you downloading all the DLC they've put in the game.

Honestly, though. I'm surprised games like this don't come in two part. The single player mission, and the multiplayer. I know quite a few COD gamers who've never played the single player missions, at all. And it just seems like a waste for it to be sat on the hard disk, not being used...

More so, like myself, I don't play many FPS as multiplayer. I'd like to buy the Single player storyline as on its own. bundle me DLC for multiplayer add-on if you will, but surely they can do this in the future.

-adrian- said,
Fitness - One of the biggest jokes in Bodybuilding

They aren't bad for aerobics and/or cardio. Though it won't ever beat my gym session