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The Division 2: Get ready for some large day-one installations, even if you have a disc

Ubisoft says PS4 players will need 100 GB of hard drive space.

A group of players fire on a heavily armored enemy near a downed Air Force One in a screenshot from Ubisoft’s The Division 2. Ubisoft/Massive Entertainment
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

If you’re planning on playing Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on PlayStation 4, be prepared for a significant division of your console’s hard drive. Like, 92 gigabytes, and even if you’re installing it from the disc, there will be a beefy day-one download, which should go swimmingly as it’s coming through PlayStation Network.

This is all per Ubisoft itself, which set up this notification page telling players on all three platforms what to expect. However, it’s worded in a confusing way. Xbox One and PC players are told to expect a 48 to 52 GB download if they’re buying digitally. They’re also told to expect setting aside 48 to 52 GB of hard drive space for the game.

PlayStation 4 owners are told the same thing, except the file sizes are 88 to 92 GB in both cases. I’ve emailed an Ubisoft rep to ask for some clarity on what exactly is being installed from a disc for those who go that route. Many have; there are at least three special editions with physical versions of the game packed in with collectibles and other doodads.

This page from Ubisoft also talks about file sizes and humongous title update downloads for both consoles, and also says players should expect downloads in the 50 GB (PC and Xbox One) to 100 GB (PS4 range), too. Moreover, there’s a Title Update 1.5 that has to download, for a 2 GB cherry on top.

Those who are buying Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on Xbox One or PC digital marketplaces may preload it right now. For PS4, again, it’s different. They can get to the game 24 hours in advance of their launch time (which depends on which version was bought). Gold and Ultimate Edition owners start playing March 11 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, and everybody else gets it March 15.

Why the game has to be twice the size on PS4 as it is on Xbox One is anybody’s guess. It’s worth remembering this is still, basically, an MMO, and The Elder Scrolls Online and DC Universe Online both eat up higher-than-average chunks of drive space on my machines.

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