COD: Black Ops Cold War Takes Up Nearly Half Of Xbox Series S’ Storage Space

Activision has revealed more information about how much space you’ll need to clear in order to install Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – and the numbers are pretty staggering. Most troubling is the file size on Xbox Series S, which clocks in at 136GB, nearly half of the available storage space.

Xbox Series S files were expected to be much smaller than their Series X counterparts, due to its lower resolution of 1440p. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the latest Call of Duty title, and Series S owners’ poor solid state drives are going to pay the price. Recent reports indicate that the affordable new Xbox only has about 364GB of storage – the rest of it being used to house the operating system and other internal software. After slapping Black Ops Cold War onto the drive, you’ll be left with just 228GB.

Here’s the full rundown of file sizes by console:

  • PS4: 95GB
  • PS5: 133GB
  • Xbox One: 93GB
  • Xbox Series X/S: 136GB

While the file size on Series S might be the most noteworthy part of this announcement, it’s also worth pointing out the discrepancy between Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Both current-gen and next-gen versions of Black Ops Cold War will be smaller on PlayStation consoles – it’s not much, but every GB counts nowadays. However, you’ll at least be able to uninstall portions of the game you don’t play, helping you save a bit of space.

The PC version is a bit different– here’s what you can expect.

  • Multiplayer: 35GB
  • Full Game: 82GB
  • Full Game (Ultra Graphics): 125GB

We knew that next-gen games were going to be massive, but the storage space on both PS5 and Series X are large enough to account for this. Series S, on the other hand, seems to be getting the short end of the stick. If developers aren’t able to reduce file sizes for the weaker console, players are likely going to run out of space before the end of the year.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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