If you thought the game files were massive when Red Dead Redemption 2 was massive, think again. The size of Modern Warfare is staggering, and Activision has explained why.
What is the Modern Warfare install size?
When the game releases this week, the size of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare comes in at a massive 175GB for those on PC. Regardless of whether you are looking for the minimum or recommended specs, the game will home in at the 175GB mark Battle.net reports. When Infinity Ward launches its soft Modern Warfare reboot, PC owners might have been concerned about the length of time to download the file, but most are concerned about having adequate hard drive space available.
It's by no means unheard of for a Call of Duty title to reach a three-figure file size. But there's no doubt that the impending CoD launch will top those with such a massive storage requirement on release day. It's pretty astounding considering the previous game sizes have included a lot of DLC, and Modern Warfare's 175GB is only the base game!
The Modern Warfare install size just topped the charts
Now that you've got to grips with Modern Warfare having such a large file size let us blow your mind once more. When Final Fantasy 15 launched on PC back in 2018, it honed in at a whopping 148GB. Taking Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release next month into account, it only boasts the need for 150GB of disk space. With these figures in mind, Modern Warfare has easily topped both of these titles!
As of right now, there has been no official comms from Activision about the size of the console download of the game. Considering most players use the base hard drive of the Xbox One and PS4 without additional storage, it's unlikely to be as significant. Xbox will likely have a smaller download considering PS4 is getting the Spec Ops Survival mode as an exclusive for the first year.
Why is the PC size so large?
In an Activision blog post, the publisher has listed the official system requirements needed to enjoy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. These requirements make things a little clearer as to why there is such a significant space requirement.
Reading between the lines, it appears as though the 175GB is more of a recommendation rather than a requirement. The publisher advises players to ensure that the amount of space is available, so they can download the post-launch content when it arrives. They guarantee the size on release day will be much smaller than the above figure for PC players. No actual value has been communicated of what to expect.
Minimum Modern Warfare PC requirements
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 or AMD Radeon HD 7950 - DirectX 12.0 compatible system
Memory: 8GB RAM
Storage: 175GB available hard drive space
Internet: Broadband Internet connection