We still have a little over a month to go before Gran Turismo 7 arrives on the PS4 and the PS5. In the meantime, more details about the first numbered installment of PlayStation's popular exclusive racing sim in years have begun to emerge. Case in point, PS4, and PS5 owners can start preparing their storage drives for what's easily the largest PS5 exclusive yet.
Part of the PS5's biggest selling point is the ability of the console's SSD to compress data and shrink file sizes. So far, this appears to have worked for exclusives. Bluepoint Games' Demon's Souls, for example, is one of the chunkiest at 70GB. Meanwhile, the likes of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Deathloop clock in at less than half of Demon's Souls. However, the upcoming PlayStation exclusive games are going to take a huge part of the PS4 and the PS5's storage.
According to the official pre-order page of Gran Turismo 7, the racing sim requires a minimum of 110GB of free storage on both the PS4 and the PS5. In addition to this, PlayStation Game Size confirmed on Twitter that the PS5 will take up at least 89.445GB at launch without updates and patches.
Although PlayStation Game Size is not an official source, the user used PlayStation Store's backend to come up with info.
🚨 Gran Turismo™ 7 (PS5)
▶️ Download Size : 89.445 GB (Without Day One Patch)
🟩 Pre-Load : February 25
🟫 Launch : March 4
🟨 #PS5 #GranTurismo7
🟧 @thegranturismo pic.twitter.com/ucbBWKGPm1
— PlayStation Game Size (@PlaystationSize) January 23, 2022
If it's any consolation, the PS5's speedier SSD has shown that it can cut down a couple of gigabytes from the file size of the same game on the PS4. The biggest difference so far is with Insomniac Games' pair of Marvel's Spider-Man games. It's been confirmed that there's at least a 25% difference in file size between the PS4 and the PS5 versions of Marvel's Spider-Man and its spin-off, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Unfortunately, it doesn't matter if the PS5 version of Gran Turismo 7 will consume 90GB or 110GB - either one is still fairly large for just a single game.
Perhaps this is a trend for flagship racing games. Forza Horizon 5's file size made headlines as well when it was launched last year. The Xbox-exclusive open-world racing sim requires at least 103GB of space on the Xbox Series S/X. Even worse, the Xbox One version takes up a whopping 116GB. But, Forza Horizon 5 did go on to set a new Xbox Game Studios record for Microsoft.
Having said that, Horizon Forbidden West's file size is even larger compared to Gran Turismo 7. If you plan on playing both Forbidden West, which launches on February 18, 2022 and Gran Turismo 7, on the same PS5 unit, you'll want to leave at least 250GB worth of storage space reserved on your PS5.
We can only hope that Polyphony's latest effort will be worth the hassle.