When the Xbox One and PS4 consoles were confirmed to ship with a 500GB HD, I initially thought that would last me for quite a while. Hell, I lived on a launch 360’s pitiful HD until late last year, deleting and re-installing games as I played them. I picked up my Xbox One about a month after launch, and within 4 months I had already found myself clearing space for new games.
Here we are, more than a year after the launch of both consoles, and it’s safe to say that 500GB really wasn’t that much. Out of the box, it’s reported that the Xbox One has 362GB free. Halo: The Master Chief Collection alone takes up 61.1GB, which is astonishing for a game that still doesn’t work properly. Other games like Grand Theft Auto V take up over 50GB of my HD, and future releases like Witcher 3 will require a 50GB install on both current-gen consoles. Pretty soon it’s going to play out like Survivor, where I’m going to have to send my games out to an island and slowly vote them off.
I currently have 7 retail games installed on my Xbox One. Not full digital downloads mind you, but physical disc-based games with their required installs. On top of that, I have both seasons of The Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us, and a few smaller apps like Twitch, Netflix, Xbox Video, etc., and I’m 81% through my HD.
As it stands right now, I would use up a majority of the remainder by simply installing one major retail release like Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which requires over 40GB. With plenty coming out down the line, I’ve seriously considering expanding my Xbox One HD with a 5TB external, but I haven’t yet made the jump.
Have you expanded your console’s HD? If so, which console and what brand did you go with? Any advice for a first-timer looking to bulk up his Xbox One with a little digital protein?
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Bradley Keene is the Executive Editor here at What’s Your Tag?, generally handling reviews, public relations, and our social media communications on Facebook and Twitter. He’s an aspiring video game journalist that one day hopes to make this writing thing a living, and will always miss living in his hometown of Baltimore. If he’s not writing, he’s usually glued to a game or watching low budget horror films with his three cats. Get in touch with him by e-mail at the address above, or follow him on Twitter.