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Installing all of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War requires 180 GB on consoles

Players can select components, but only after downloading and installing the whole thing first

the hero of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War fires his pistol out the door of a car during a getaway scene Image: Treyarch, Raven Software/Activision
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War — the latest game in a franchise infamous for eye-popping download sizes — takes up 187.9 GB on the Xbox Series X’s hard drive for those who install all of the game’s components. It clocks in at more than 50 GB above what Activision and Treyarch told players to expect one week ago.

Players can selectively install only the modes they want to play, but only after installing the entire game. The Xbox Series X’s 1 TB internal solid-state hard drive has 802 GB of usable space. The PlayStation 5’s 825 GB drive has 667.2 GB of usable space.

On Tuesday, a ResetEra user posted a screenshot itemizing the game’s components and their download sizes. The package of high-definition (that is, 4K-supported) textures is larger than the game’s multiplayer mode, 38.2 GB to 27.6 GB. Raytracing data needs 11.8 GB of drive space.

Image of a screen showing how much hard drive space the components of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War take up on the Xbox Series X Image: ResetEra

The download list does not include Call of Duty: Warzone. Although Treyarch and Activision have not provided specifications for what that requires, it’s believed that Warzone plus Black Ops Cold War would need 200 GB in all.

The PlayStation 5 will at some point allow users to install an NVMe SSD to expand the PS5’s storage, but it’s not supported at launch. Xbox Series X games must be installed to the console’s internal hard drive or an officially licensed 1 TB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X costing $219.99.

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