Prepare your hard drives, another Call of Duty update is on its way.
As anyone who’s played Modern Warfare can attest, the game’s update files and download times are quite substantial. On every update, Infinity Ward warns that the update is big, but the team is working on improving the process.
The Season 4 download is going to be large. In order to reduce the overall disc space that MW and WZ take up, we're compressing a bunch of assets. Once installed, the S4 launch will only take up an additional 4GB on consoles for all of the new content.
— Ashton Williams (@ashtonisVULCAN) June 10, 2020
“In order to reduce the overall disc space that MW and WZ take up, we’re compressing a bunch of assets. Once installed, the S4 launch will only take up an additional 4GB on consoles for all of the new content.” said Ashton Williams, senior communications manager at Infinity Ward
On PS4, the updates can be as large as 80 to 100 GB. Once they’re downloaded, the files must then be copied and the process can end up taking several hours before the game is playable again.
When prompted for the new update, players also often must delete other content to download the massive updates, leaving space for only a handful of games on the system.
“We’re continuing to sweep all assets to make size reductions where we can, and also further optimize future patches for size,” Williams said.