The Season Two update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone added a large amount of new content including new base weapons, new maps and the addition of the zombie-inhabited location in Verdansk called Shipwreck. All of this fresh content came at a price of 17 GB of storage space, which prompted Activision to issue a warning saying that base PlayStation 4 users will face some storage complications.
A standard Playstation 4 is equipped with a hard drive of 500 GB, which means that players will have to make room on their console if they wish to fit the full versions of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War. To be fair to Activision, the required storage size accounts for basically three different games. On any platform, it is not required to have all of the data packs and game modes in order to play one of the available titles. Players that only play Warzone can stick to Warzone and uninstall the Cold War campaign, Zombies and arcade modes.
Unused game content can be deleted in two ways depending on the game mode. For Black Ops Cold War, you can go to the main menu and press R3 to get to “File Management” to delete unused content. For Modern Warfare/ Warzone, go to the main menu, press the Options button, select “General,” and scroll to “Game Installs” to delete any unused content.
Players that have either the PS4 Pro or the PS4 Slim will have nothing to worry about as their consoles come with a 1 TB hard drive. However, as the Call of Duty games get larger in file size, the harder it will be for systems to keep up without deleting specific files. There are still plenty of updates, bug fixes and game modes to add to the current model, which could eventually cause trouble with the PS5. Even though the PS5 has 667.2 GB of usable space, the SSD storage is not yet upgradable.
Until Activision better allocates their game files or Sony makes upgrades to their units, Call of Duty fans are going to continue to face storage issues.