When you hear someone talking about “the biggest games on PlayStation 4 right now”, they’re usually referring to those with the grandest sense of scale, the big-budget money makers, or simply the new releases of the day that everybody’s talking about. But bigger isn’t always better, as “big” games can also be those which tend to leave behind an equally large footprint in your PlayStation 4’s hard drive, creating more frustration than fun as you desperately try to free up enough space just to get the cursed thing running. Modern industry practice means that both physical and digital copies of games will want an equally large place to stay in your PS4’s HDD, too, with discs increasingly acting as nothing more than the key for unlocking access to an application. And so, featured below, you’ll find some of the heftiest memory munching games currently available to install onto your PlayStation 4, if you think you’re up to the challenge. 

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Battlefield 4 Premium Edition – 71GB

Coming in at 31GB, the standard edition of Battlefield 4 is certainly substantial, but not ridiculously so. However, if you’re looking to pick up the premium edition of the game, which includes all five DLC packs plus every free update and map DICE has released over the last four years, you’re looking at a 71GB piece of software taking up its residence in your HDD. If you own a 500GB PS4, that’s almost a fifth of its hard drive for a single game, and a relatively old one too. Seeing as most Battlefield 4 players tend to play the fan favourite maps from the base game anyway (Siege of Shanghai 24/7 servers are still going strong on consoles), you may want to think long and hard before hitting the install button on this one. 

Destiny: The Collection – 55 GB

No surprise here, for those who’ve spent any time as a Guardian in Bungie’s social sci-fi. Originally launching with an already mammoth install size of 40GB back in 2014, Destiny has only gotten bigger and better since then. Bigger being the operative word here. The infamous 18GB patch of 2015 wasn’t one of Destiny’s finest moments, for example. Three years down the line, though, and Bungie has managed to cram all of its DLC, updates, and extra content into one 55GB package, in the form of Destiny: The Collection. It’s a tempting offer, but at this point you might just want to save any ounce of free HDD space for Destiny 2, which I’m sure will release with equally ludicrous storage requirements. 

GTA 5 – 65GB

Ever wondered how Rockstar managed to make Los Santos appear both visually impressive, physically robust and geographically immense? The answer appears to be memory. Lots and lots of memory. Considering the detail, scale and endless entertainment value of Grand Theft Auto 5, at least you’ll know that all 65 gigabytes of the game are being put to good use by Rockstar. That said, it’s worth pointing out that, on PS4, Grand Theft Auto 5 is essentially a remaster of a last-gen title. One can therefore only imagine how Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar’s first full current-gen experience, is going to look in terms of raw data.

NBA 2K 17 – 55GB

Sports titles in general have always tended to be some of the biggest culprits when it comes to space-hoarding on consoles, with the likes of Fifa and Madden only getting bigger in size year after year, but it’s 2K’s annual basketball game that takes the cake for virtual volume. NBA 2K17 released with 50 gigs worth of baggage on PS4, and future updates and patches have only added an extra 7GB of supplementary software since then. As for what makes NBA the larger occupant compared to the rest of gaming’s sports showcase, that remains a mystery. Perhaps it’s because all the character models are so much taller than average.

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Doom – 73GB

Shakespeare once wrote that **** is empty, but I’m pretty certain he would’ve changed his mind had he ever gone through the trouble of installing Doom onto his PlayStation 4. Doom’s cast of demons, power-ups, and BFGs take up a whole ton of BFGBs, as the game demanded over 50 of them at launch in 2016. That wasn’t the end of it, though. Id Software’s season of post-launch content added another 25GB into the mix, bringing Doom’s round total of data to almost 75GB on PlayStation 4. Ouch. 

Battlefield 1 – 52GB

War is clearly a big deal, as Battlefield 1 marks the second game in the series to show up on this list. At 52GB, it doesn’t quite yet match the sky-high magnitude of its predecessor, but DICE’s WW1 shooter could well be on its way to overtaking Battlefield 4’s franchise record, as a handful of expansions and updates are due to release over the course of the next few months. Any committed Battlefield 1 veterans should therefore be keeping a watchful eye on their PS4 memory banks, because the game’s digital dimensions are only going to keep expanding from here on out.

Wolfenstein: The New Order – 52GB

First Doom and now this… what is it about Bethesda’s rebooted first-person shooters that generates so much artificial mass? Fun fact: the original Wolfenstein 3D was only 8 megabytes in size. Wolfenstein: The New Order is… quite a bit larger, coming in at an impressive 52GB. Hypothetically speaking, you could install Wolfenstein 3D over 6500 times on a PlayStation 4 before taking up the same amount of space as The New Order. Wolfenstein: The New Order isn’t quite as weighty as 2016’s Doom, then, but it’s a whopper nonetheless.

Mafia 3 – 53GB

Dismantling a city-wide organised crime network using any means necessary is a tall order, and Mafia 3 has no trouble matching the scale of its ambition with its install criteria. To explore, enjoy and generally wreak havoc in New Bordeaux, your PlayStation 4’s HDD is going to have to set aside over 45GB in storage space, and that’s not including the extra seven gigabytes worth of memory brought in from recent patches and DLC drops. Mafia 3 was a bit of a mess on PS4 at launch, and Hangar 13 has since pumped several patches into the game to fix it up, but that’s come at the expense of even more memory hogging up the console’s hard drive. 

The Last of Us Remastered – 47GB

“You have no idea what loss is” states Joel, rather bluntly, to Ellie at one point during Naughty Dog’s storied apocalypse tale. Oh I think I do, Joel. As it happens, I’ve lost almost 50 gigabytes of my hard drive memory just so I can play this very game. The Last of Us’ original PS3 release came in at just under 30GB, which means those extra 17 gigs on PS4 are there to either accommodate Ellie-focused DLC ‘Left Behind’ or beef up the game’s already immaculate visuals. To Naughty Dog’s credit, it’s almost worth plugging in an external hard drive just to enjoy The Last Of Us’ breathtaking views alone.

Kingdom Hearts Hd 1.5+2.5 Remix – 56GB

(Image: © Square-Enix)

Add 1.5 and 2.5 together and what do you make? Approximately 56, according to Square Enix, as the company’s remastered package of various Kingdom Hearts games and cinematics combines to precisely that number of gigabytes in memory. 10GB of that data, mind you, is dedicated solely to the free theatre mode update, which lets players view all of the in-game cut-scenes free from any of the gameplay. Yep, that’s 10GB of HDD storage gone for a feature which essentially does what YouTube has already been doing for years. Thanks, Square. 

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