Arguably, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) is one of the most anticipated games of this year thus far. We don’t know yet whether this game will sell well (There have been plenty of controversies that hampered its pre-ordering phase recently), but considering the fact that gamers are responding extremely positively to it and Call of Duty has always sold well as a franchise. There’s a good chance that we might see this year’s annual release of Call of Duty topping the sales charts. But there’s also something else that the new release of the franchise might top: Total download size.

Steep Hard Drive Requirement

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) has a minimum hard drive space requirement of 175GB - a record-breaking number.

Activision released the minimum specs for PC to be able to play Modern Warfare a couple of days ago and while people were browsing through the tech sheet, one thing caught everyone’s eyes: 175GB of required storage space.

Fortunately, Activision made a counter-statement in order to rectify the news. Saying that 175GB of storage space is how much disk’s real estate they: “recommend players [to] keep available in order to download the post-launch content we’ll be bringing to Modern Warfare. At launch, the initial download will be smaller.”

Fair enough, but a game that’s worth 175GB? That’s unheard of ever before. While all of us are still considering 40 - 50GB the average size of triple-A games with DLCs added, Activision went ahead and double that number. Considering the massive and incredibly detailed Old West of Red Read Redemption 2 is only 150GB in size, the 175GB requirement of Modern Warfare is quite steep if you keep in mind that it has only a linear single-player campaign and multiplayer.

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There are many explanations as to why: Ultra high-resolution textures, for example, can drive storage space up a lot.

But there are many explanations as to why there’s this huge number, though. The developers may be delving into ultra-high-resolution textures, more expansive maps and more well-crafted CGI cutscenes, support for multiple languages and possibly didn’t bother with compressing their files.

Whatever the case, now that you know the minimum hard drive space of the upcoming game, it’s time to clean the house and wait for the release on September 12th.

Specs Sheet

Here’s the specs sheet that Activision released:

Minimum specs:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 10.
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340, AMD FX-6300.
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 670/1650, AMD Radeon HD 7950.
  • RAM: 8GB.
  • DirectX: 12.0.
  • HDD: 175GB.

Recommended Specs:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10.
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K, AMD Ryzen 1600X.
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 970/1660, AMD Radeon R9 390/RX580.
  • RAM: 12GB.
  • DirectX: 12.0.
  • HDD: 175GB.

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To be released on November 12th.

Interested in more of our Call of Duty related articles? Please check out this post for the new story trailer of Modern Warfare.