Call of Duty: Vanguard will use up to 50% less storage space on PC thanks to streaming tech

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Oct 27, 2021 4:32 PM
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The Call of Duty franchise has recently been under a lot of fire due to their large install sizes, resulting in the games taking up over 200GB on hard drives or SSDs. But it seems like those days will be behind us soon, as Activision recently revealed a new streaming tech will help cut storage sizes by up to 50%.

It’s not exactly clear how the technology will work in Call of Duty: Vanguard exactly, but the “new on-demand texture streaming tech” is “expected to save up to 30%-50%+ on next-gen console and PC hard drive disk space”. That could be quite significant, especially for console users who find most of their storage space taken up by Black Ops Cold War and Warzone already.

Of course, we don’t know the official system requirements for COD Vanguard just yet, so really it could still be up in the hundreds of gigabytes when it launches. But either way the news is definitely welcomed, and it would be interesting to hear exactly how this technology works at some point.

What do you think? Are you excited for Call of Duty Vanguard? Have the recent Call of Duty games been too big? What size HDD or SSD do you normally install your games on? Let us know!

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22:43 Oct-28-2021

I've got a novel idea: Package the 4K textures as a separate download. Monster Hunter did it, and that was fine.

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20:15 Oct-30-2021

I agree, give me the 720p compressed ones.

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18:13 Nov-07-2021

What, no? Just ship it with 1080p, 1440p at a push. 1080p is still the standard. Having the bigger textures as separate packs reduces the download size considerably for most people.

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10:45 Nov-08-2021

But I want 720p ones to minimize the size even further.

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07:38 Oct-28-2021

People complained when Games started to be over 1 GB in size... Storage Technology got more space, so people stopped complaining


People complained when games started to be over 10GB in size... Storage Technology got more space, so people stopped complaining


People complained when games started to be over 50GB in size... Storage Technology got more space, so people stopped complaining


People complained when games started to be over 100GB in size.... See the trend here? Just because your 500GB PS4 from 8 years ago can only have 3 games on it now, doesn't mean games are getting too large jeez... I personally don't mind the large file sizes, even when downloading. As internet get faster, larger games shouldn't be a problem. Currently i can download a 150GB game in roughly an hour

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20:24 Oct-29-2021

Yet it does feel like the game sizes increase faster than the available storage size.


Back in the day I had an 80GB PATA HDD. That's enough to put at least 50 of those "big" 1GB games.


Try to fit 50 CoD sized games on your storage now. You'll be spending big money to do so.


I don't really have a problem with games up to 100GB in size, as I don't install many games anyway, but at some point you can only install one game or are forced to buy big storage.

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09:54 Oct-30-2021

I mean these days you can buy a pretty cheap 8TB HDD where you can have 80 100Gb games on....

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21:20 Nov-02-2021

do you realy want 8 TB HDD? I have 2 TB SSD for games and I would never go back to HDDs

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14:17 Nov-04-2021

Alskander... ooooh so the problem is priviledge riiight... well then go buy a 8TB SSD.... If you want to compare space games take with the amount of space they took 10 years ago then it's only fair to also compare it with the same technology... if you wanted a SSD 10 years ago then game back then would have been considered massive... if you wanted a HDD back then, then it weren't a problem.... if you want an SSD today, people think games are massive... if you want a HDD, then the size of games really aren't a bigger problem than they were 10 years ago

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05:18 Oct-28-2021

If they manage to cut the MP from SP and sell the campaign only separately...they will have our money again.If only.

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20:53 Oct-27-2021

most games arent too bad but CoD is insane, !^%# is ridiculous, get better at coding

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19:14 Oct-27-2021

The poll asked for only "your main" so that is less than 500 GB, its a 250 GB SSD.


But the SSD I'm using for games only is 2TB so I can't complain.


Still games are beginning to take up too much space in general though.


A new tech would be welcome.

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18:36 Oct-27-2021

We frankly need to be given more customizable installs, as that could help a bit. Not much point in downloading and installing languages you don't speak/can't read (some already do this and it can make decent difference in size) and higher quality assets you're never going to use depending on your rig (e.g., you only run games on low/med). Will it make a huge difference? Depends on the game, but I think it would help somewhat and further help in combination with other possible solutions.

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17:33 Oct-27-2021

I think many games are too big in size and the trend is not getting any better. Moreover, it's penalizing for those who don't have fiber optics for their internet connection.

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17:10 Oct-27-2021

It really is ridiculous how big the games are. I have Warzone and Cold War installed on my PS4 and they both use around 160+ GB each. It seems that the effectiveness of the new technology they are talking about could also depend on your internet speed if it is going to be streamed.

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