I Got Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare On Pc Down From 231Gb To 168Gb &Bull; Eurogamer

It’s easy to feel nostalgic for the time when playing a new release meant cracking open a plastic box and slotting a cartridge into your console. It’s even easier when you’ve sầu been watching the “download” bar crawl upwards for three hours. By hour four, you’re pulling your hair out.

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Gọi of Duty: Modern Warfare is fun as hell, but it took me well over four hours before I could find that out. The process for getting the dang thing khổng lồ run was one small misery after another, a perfect illustration of how jagged và frustrating the install experience for highly anticipated AAA games can be.

The game, released October 25, requires 128 GB of storage on PC. (It functionally takes up 108 GB.) That’s twice the kích thước of World of Warcraft. To carve out some legroom, I uninstalled điện thoại tư vấn of Duty: Blachồng Ops 4 (80 GB), Apex Legends (40 GB), and several indie games on Steam that I know I’m never going to lớn finish. Then, the great hotline of Duty tải về initiated. My computer, a gaming PC connected by a LAN cable to lớn very expensive mạng internet, reared and fought & emitted big, sad sighs. Throughout the three-hour game tải về, it refused khổng lồ run any other game and could barely even render an entire sentence in Slaông chồng without pauses (i.e. “the CoD file is enormous”).

It should be no surprise to anyone that some newer games are bigger than some older games. A recent IGN article graphs out a 10 GB growth between Hotline of Duty games every year since 2013’s Ghosts. Before then, the games oscillated between 8 and 10 GB. But Hotline of Duty: Modern Warfare is a third larger than Hotline of Duty: Blaông xã Ops 4. That’s significant. It’s got some new stuff, of course, lượt thích crossplay between PC, PS4, và Xbox One; some fresh game modes; và a single-player chiến dịch, which Black Ops 4 did not have. But there’s also no Zombies or battle royale mode. Is it the ray tracing? The shaders?


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A little over three hours after hitting the “Download” button on Battle.net, điện thoại tư vấn of Duty: Modern Warfare had installed—but it wasn’t quite over. There were the patches. HDR tư vấn & something about using NVIDIA Highlight in multiplayer matches. Some bug fixes, some big, new game modes. Downloading patches 1.03 and 1.04, over 7 GB in total, took another 30 minutes khổng lồ an hour. Maybe if I were the kind of person who really cared about ray tracing, hour four of download hell would make gọi of Duty worth the wait.

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When all that was done, I excitedly hit “Play.” It was time to hop inlớn some multiplayer and cliông xã heads. But wait—I had to update my drivers, the game informed me. NVIDIA did a whole blog post about this, explaining that:

call of Duty: Modern Warfare brings gamers multiple modes of play, upgraded graphics, enhanced công nghệ, và on PC, tư vấn for ray-traced shadows, NVIDIA Ansel, and NVIDIA Highlights. Together with the PC’s fast framerates và higher-resolution effects & graphics, GeForce RTX gamers will get the Ultimate Modern Warfare experience on PC.”

Great, NVIDIA, thanks. But when, exactly? To update my drivers, I had to launch và log into Nvidia’s proprietary software và wait 10 minutes for the 575 MB tải về. Then, afterwards, Battle.net had khổng lồ update. Surely, now, it was hotline of Duty time, right? The loading screen appeared, và moody music resonated.


Nope. I was prompted lớn make an Activision account (Why!) & log inkhổng lồ Activision’s Battle.net tài khoản system. Then, call of Duty: Modern Warfare had a big old shaders update for me. It felt uniquely rude khổng lồ hide this huge update in-game, right after I thought the bulk of the update onslaught was over. That install paused, jerked, và crashed about 15 minutes in. I had to lớn cthua out and restart the game. (Apparently that’s a known bug.) Several times over, Hotline of Duty  would pause & wait for a shaders update, once again crashing my computer.

In total, Gọi of Duty: Modern Warfare took about four & a half hours khổng lồ install in close-to-ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá PC gaming conditions. Somewhere within this comedy of download errors and update bugs, I did learn a lesson: I need more RAM if I’m gonna game in 2019.