Skyrim small install size for PC, Bethesda bragging rights

By Jamie Pert - Oct 26, 2011

Yesterday we told you all about Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s minimum and recommend requirements, at the time we listed 6GB of hard drive space as one of these necessities, we thought that this was very low, however it turns out that this is in fact accurate.

Recently it hasn’t been unusual for games to require 15GB+ of hard drive space, therefore we thought that such an expansive game like Skyrim would be similar, but as it turns out Bethesda Softworks’ upcoming game for PC needs just 6GB of free space, that’s nothing.

Like us, many gamers were sceptical about this, however Bethesda’s VP of PR and Marketing has been clearing things up about the relatively small install size, we can’t help but think he is taking a stab at other developers with the following tweet:

Content doesn’t take lots more space if you know how to build an open world game, which we do.

In other tweets it has been said that the small install size is possible thanks to the new engine and much better compression methods than ever before, especially for voice and video – you can see the tweet which revealed this here.

Finally another tweet mentions the fact that Elder Scrolls VI: Oblivion required just over 4GB of space, despite this the game consists of far more content than many games which require larger installs – this should lay to rest people’s worries who thought a 6GB install size would equate to a small game.

It is great to see Bethesda’s devs fit such a large game into such a small install size, it just makes us wonder what other game developers are playing at when lesser games require 2 or 3 times the free space of Skyrim, also lately we have seen Xbox 360 games struggle to fit on one disc, perhaps the problem is not with the disc format entirely…

Does it surprise you that Skyrim requires such a small amount of free space? Let us know below.

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