PS4 vs Xbox – Top 20 disparities in Install Sizes

If you thought that the install sizes of the same game across formats would be the same, you'd be wrong. We've listed every available game on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and discovered some startling differences.

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In the modern gaming landscape, the two big consoles – PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – have similar user bases and offer comparable hardware capabilities: you therefore wouldn’t expect a big a difference between the same video game on each format. And on the surface that would appear to be the case, with the biggest variance coming in terminology (Square or B, trophy or achievement). However, beneath the surface there seems to be a lot more going on. Despite the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One being far closer in hardware architecture than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and the games releasing on the same day in almost all cases, the download/install sizes can be drastically different. Sometimes, it’s in the gigabytes.

Is it to do with resolution? Or is it simply down to compression? Do some studios find it easier to compress their game through one software development kit over the other? We’re not sure why there is a difference; we only know that there is one, and that it can have big repercussions for users struggling to manage your data cap (for downloads) and your hard drive space.

We’re constantly updating our lists of the install sizes for every PlayStation 4 game and for every Xbox One game – a handy resource and you should bookmark the one most relevant to you. In the process of doing that analysis, we compared the games that appear on both formats to get an accurate view of the disparities of install sizes. You will find the top 20 below:

Please note: these install sizes are taken directly from the respective PlayStation and Xbox stores. They don’t necessarily take into account the latest patch, or DLC, but if you were to go and buy these games now (either at the store or in disc form) this is as close an approximation of the download and install size as you can get.

Since the time of writing, the list of games and their sizes may have changed.

Game NamePublisherBigger OnVariance in Size (GB)Buy now
WarframeIndieXbox One19.63N/A
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel UnlimitedMajorXbox One18.58Buy now
Alien: IsolationMajorXbox One16.35Buy now
Call of Duty: Ghosts Hardened EditionMajorXbox One13.80Buy now
Borderlands: The Handsome CollectionMajorXbox One10.53N/A
EvolveMajorXbox One10.48Buy now
Sniper Elite 3MajorXbox One9.35Buy now
RideMajorXbox One9.15Buy now
Rabbids InvasionMajorXbox One8.98Buy now
Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareMajorXbox One8.75N/A
Pneuma: Breath of LifeIndieXbox One8.04N/A
Grand Theft Auto VMajorXbox One7.25Buy now
Mortal Kombat XMajorXbox One7.13N/A
Battlefield 4MajorXbox One6.3Buy now
Batman: Arkham KnightMajorPlayStation 46.07Buy now
Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls – Ultimate Evil EditionMajorXbox One5.98Buy now
Dying LightMajorXbox One5.63Buy now
DestinyMajorPlayStation 45.57Buy now
Dishonored Definitive EditionMajorXbox One5.37Buy now
Trials: FusionMajorXbox One5.24N/A
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