Techland's Dying Light 2 is rapidly approaching its long-awaited release date. With just two weeks before Dying Light 2 arrives, developer and publisher Techland is starting to share important release information with prospective buyers. That includes the file size of Dying Light 2 across its supported platforms. Within this information, Dying Light fans discovered an odd discrepancy. Namely, Dying Light 2's file size is dramatically different between platforms with no apparent justification or explanation.
The key difference comes between the PS5 and Xbox Series X, which sees the files size double between the two. The PS5 version of Dying Light 2 measures 32.5GB, a rather efficient size for a game as large as Dying Light 2 at up to 4K will be. The Xbox Series X version of Dying Light 2 comes in at a much more substantial 72GB. While very large, this number is in line with Cyberpunk 2077. In other words, it's about what might be expected from such a large game.
No explanation is provided by Techland for the significantly smaller file size on PS5. Even the PC version of Dying Light 2 is substantially larger than the PS5's file size at 60GB, which is still significantly less than the Xbox file size. As if the PS5 file size wasn't surprisingly small already, it's going to be even smaller in EU and Germany. File sizes in those regions come in at 30.9GB and 24.8GB, respectively.
There is any number of potential explanations for the difference in file size between the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Techland may simply have focused entirely on the PS5 version of the game, prioritizing its efficiency, and so spent little time optimizing the Xbox Series X. Similarly, Dying Light 2 may use the PS5's SSD technology creatively so it can load compressed files much faster, whereas the Xbox Series X will need those files to be uncompressed. Alternatively, the PS5 may not support the visual fidelity the Xbox Series X does, so it doesn't need as kind of high-quality assets the Xbox does.
Those are just examples of what could explain the difference in file size for Dying Light 2. Game development is a complicated process, to say the least, and things often come out different from expected. At the very least, it's safe to assume that Techland's developers aren't doing this with malice. It's just the way things worked out.
Regardless, Xbox players who are planning to pick up Dying Light 2 are going to want to set aside some additional time to download the game. They may have to shift around or delete some other games to make room for Dying Light 2, too. PS5 players should have a much simpler time.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human is due out on February 4 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and as a cloud-exclusive release for the Nintendo Switch. You can download the latest Dying Light 2 Trainer and cheats for free from WeMod.
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