On the heels of their Xbox One announcement, Microsoft further details the install size requirements for Respawn’s high-profile console exclusive.
Microsoft has recently made headlines with their Titanfall Xbox One bundle, which effectively gives new console owners a free downloadable copy of the high-profile exclusive for the same $499 retail price.
The announcement, which was featured on the official Xbox Wire news page, revealed specific details on the bundle itself–the March 11 launch date, the price tag, etc. But this bit of news also shed light on the game’s install size requirement, which is something that all gamers have been paying close attention to given how quickly multiple game installs stack up.
Scrolling down to the asterisks, we see that Titanfall on the Xbox One will require “up to 40GB of free console memory”, which marginally aligns with previous install requirements:
**On Xbox, Titanfall requires Xbox Live Gold membership. Titanfall game download card inside marked packages; up to 40 GB required.
The news of the bundle may have two different affects on the community: Microsoft may potentially spurn gamers who faithfully supported the company from the start by purchasing day-one consoles who now feel left out in having to pay $59.99 for the console’s biggest exclusive yet.
The flip side is that the special edition Titanfall Xbox One gives incentive to those who are still undecided on which console to pick up, and it seems that Microsoft is using the game’s lofty weight to tip the scales in their favor.
Furthermore, gamers in the United Kingdom are receiving a price cut of £30 on the Xbox One, bringing a new lowered cost of £399 to overseas gamers. This reduced price includes the special edition Titanfall bundle as well. Consumers in the U.S. and Europe will have to pay the usual retail cost for the bundle, which may further irritate faithful Xbox owners.
In any case, it will be interesting to see if this bundle gives Microsoft the boost in needs to catch up to Sony’s stellar PlayStation 4 sales figures–which have amassed to 5.3 million and rising.
While 40GB may not sound like a lot, installed games can compound with surprising speed. Add in a good portion of hard disk memory for HD video footage, and before you know it your 500GB Xbox One hard drive is half full, leaving you to eventually clear out some space to make room.
This problem will get more complicated as more and more games release throughout the year, but Microsoft plans to mitigate memory congestion with external drive support to be added in at a later date.
Titanfall is sure to surge the platform as far as online FPS titles go, as gamers are looking forward to the innovative sci-mech action that the game affords. So far the game’s beta test has seen 2 million players, and at this point some may feel that other FPS titles like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 have become stale. Titanfall will be a fresh outlet for FPS havoc-lovers everywhere.
Titanfall drops on March 11, 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, with the special edition console bundle arriving on the same day. For more information be sure to check out the game’s official website.