Titanfall PC’s 48GB install size explained by Respawn

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:21 GMT By Dave Cook

Titanfall requires a 48GB installation on PC, and developer Respawn Entertainment has now explained the install size.

It follows our big Titanfall review round-up. Get the scores through the link.

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The Xbox One edition only requires a 17GB install, but it still takes bloody ages. My copy’s installing as I write this.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Respawn’s lead engineer Richard Baker explained that 35GB of that total install size is to do with uncompressed audio.

The idea is that by having uncompressed audio, PCs will have to spend less CPU power on decoding audio, thereby ensuring a slicker experience.

“We have audio we either download or install from the disc, then we uncompress it,” he told the site. “We probably could have had audio decompress off disc but we were a little worried about min spec and the fact that a two-core machine would dedicate a huge chunk of one core to just decompressing audio.

“So… it’s almost all audio… On a higher PC it wouldn’t be an issue. On a medium or moderate PC, it wouldn’t be an issue, it’s that on a two-core [machine] with where our min spec is, we couldn’t dedicate those resources to audio.”

What do you make of the above?

Titanfall hits Europe March 14.

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