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Are multi-disc games about to take over the universe yet again?

Oct 31, 2017
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The PS1, Gamecube, and 360 had tons of multi-disc games. The PS2 had some.

Then the PS3 came and had to ruin everything


But lately it seems like multi-disc games are coming back

RDR2 was 2 discs, Last of Us 2 is going to be 2 discs (right?), and Final Fantasy VII:R is going to be 2 discs.

Will multi-disc games be commonplace next gen?

 

Zukuu

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Oct 30, 2017
4,037
Physical discs. lol

With the amount of patches and extra content most games explode a single disc.
 

ElephantShell

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Oct 25, 2017
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I think multi-disc games are going to be a tail-end of the gen thing moving forward, as games get bigger beyond the available physical media. We're seeing them now, and maybe 6 years from now we'll see them again.
 

logash

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Oct 27, 2017
1,875
Multi-disc games are happening because the current capacity for Blu-ray is 50GB and massive games like Red Dead and FFVII need more space. Of course, next gen will have UHD disc running at 100GB so it shouldn't be a problem.
 

ciddative

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Apr 5, 2018
129
Maybe at the end of the gen. But remember, compression advances with storage sizes. MGS4 completely filled a Blu ray disc when it launched, so much that they had to cut other languages or something.

If you give developers storage, they will find ways - great or not - to fill it.

EDIT:

 

sweetmini

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Jun 12, 2019
1,133
Like sweet love, i prefer physical to digital, and i love disks.
Ihope the disk sizes will get a big bump for next gen (at least 100GB per disk, and most probably topping the 300GB/disk -if my memory serves well i think that's the biggest a BDXL was designed to get to-)
If we get a multi 300GB disks games, that will be insane if it's not filled with 4K movie-grade quality cutscenes.

As per my current download speeds and time i can leave my systems up and online at home, a week of download is necessary for 50/60GB games. So, yeah... 300/400GB games, i'd rather have a physical alternative... or a kiosk at games stores from which i can plug an SSD onto to transfer the digital content.
 
Oct 28, 2017
8,180
Next Gen games will be shipping on UHD which is capable of a maxed out 100GB per disc. I imagine file sizes to exceed that by some margin. Native 8K texture Ray slurping HDRX Dolby Apex Sound Buffer 12.1.

GTA 6 on 2 disc at least
 

zoodoo

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Oct 26, 2017
3,674
Montreal
Where I am from multi discs games were more expensive than single disc games. Cause more dics meant bigger and better game lol

Ff7 was damn expensive.
 

Apathy

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Oct 25, 2017
5,114
To install maybe, but let's not pretend it's like the old days of having to swap when everything just gets installed to hard drives.
 

Rosebud

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Apr 16, 2018
6,707
Not true for PS4 and Xbox One according to the information we have from Sony and Microsoft.

Digital is even bigger on Xbox iirc
 

Brokenlynx

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May 1, 2018
324
No. Discs cost money, the content to fill those discs even more money. Where possible publishers will opt for less discs, simple as.
 

skeezx

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Oct 27, 2017
7,159
what are "discs"? i am 12

but seriously i think it'll be just one disc + download like 90% of the time going forward. i was one of the dumbasses who said no way 8th gen would be physical but this go around i think physical will mostly be patronage until "games" are but a rack of cards at Target
 
Jan 16, 2018
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Hope's Peak Academy
I find this hard to believe when so many games are $15 physically and their digital version is still $59.99 lol
That's very game and system dependent. I have not bought a single cart for my switch yet. (Thought to be far all I've bought since I got it this January is Smash Ultimate and various indies.), but I have not bought any big game yet because Nintendo and Sales don't mix. I think stuff like Fortnite, Indies in general, and Steam also push it towards digital.
 

Twister

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Feb 11, 2019
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Digital is even bigger on Xbox iirc
That’s only one quarter of an entire generation
 

Hieroph

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Oct 28, 2017
6,766
With the tech that's going into next-gen, I could see multi disc games making a return and being amazing. Imagine having 200 GB of game content (2 PS5 discs), but you'll only need to have around 50 GB installed at any given time, and you still get the full benefit of having that 200 GB on the discs. Or even more, maybe the full FF7 Remake will actually be on 3 discs like the original (at around year 2027, lol).
 

Jegriva

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Sep 23, 2019
1,573
netflix killed DVDs, not blurays... I hope there is not a new disc format war, such a waste of plastic
Have you ever seen the blu ray sales number?

Blu Ray were never alive in the first place, at maximum they had 20% of the aging dvd market...

And I say that as a big home video aficionado. But I still find people who don't know what the fuck a blu ray is.
 

Lyrick

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Oct 25, 2017
1,696
The disc is just a transferable license at this point, games will still require additional downloads to function as intended.
 

Transistor

This is not going to go the way you think
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Oct 25, 2017
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Cloud City
Why not just give you half the game on one disc and just make you download the rest?

sarcasm, in case it wasn't obvious
 

K' Dash

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Nov 10, 2017
1,984
Discs are useless, they don't even pack the full games now.

I buy digital, but last year I bought a Physical copy of Starlink for Switch because of the Arwing and couldn't leave the first planet without the day 1 patch, a few years in the future I won't be able to download that patch and the cartridge will be useless, same for any game on disc that requires patches.
 
Dec 25, 2018
1,168
physical games are a waste of plastic, wish there was a way to complete get rid of them. data on discs is finite, eventually systems won't be able to read them.