Titanfall’s 48GB Install On PC Explained
Titanfall is now available on PC and Xbox One, and while the experience is largely the same between the two platforms, one statistic (other than visuals) separates them. The installation size of the Xbox One version is just under 17 GB. On PC though, you’ll need to make room for a Titan-sized 48 GB.
If available at retail on DVD, Titanfall would take up almost six dual-layered discs. Speaking to Eurogamer, Respawn’s lead engineer Richard Baker explained that the majority of the space is taken up by uncompressed audio.
This decision alleviates some of the processing needs to decompress the audio on the fly. 35 GB of the installation is comprised of audio. This also allows Titanfall to run on slower computers, including those only equipped with a dual core processor. The Xbox One has a built-in audio decoder, and therefore Respawn is able to keep the installation size down.
Respawn’s decision to include uncompressed audio in the PC installation means that more players will be able to experience Titanfall. It’s a neat technical trick that those with more powerful systems might lament, but ultimately broadens the potential market for the game.