Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the biggest games ever made

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the biggest games ever made

Guardians of the Galaxy on PC demands a lot from your system in a number of ways. It's a pretty, fast-paced game that demands an RX 590 or GTX 1660 Super for its baseline recommended specs, but its biggest demand, even for the minimum requirements, could be its install space. You'll need to set aside 150GB of space to install Guardians of the Galaxy, instantly making it one of the largest digital footprint games ever made.

I've been gaming long enough to remember when a gigabyte for a game install seemed utterly ridiculous. My first homebuilt gaming PC had a 36GB raptor drive, and Unreal Tournament's 6GB install space demand put a huge strain on that. Today we don't have quite such major constrains, with even games as big as Guardian's of the Galaxy putting a minor dent in most people's boot drives. But it's still a hefty demand, and in stark contrast to the size of many of its contemporaries.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (2021) is one of the most demanding and largest games ever, but it only asks for 127GB of install space. However, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare blows even Guardians of the Galaxy out of the water with its 231GB install space.

While none of this might be a huge issue for those gaming on terabyte sized SSDs, it's problematic for anyone on 512GB or even smaller drives. There's also an enormous environmental impact to consider with such games, especially considering most of what you download will be multiples of different textures to cater to various hardware configurations.

Fortunately, Steam is working on new technology that will help limit these kinds of massive downloads in the future to just what you need to play right then and there, even deleting stuff you don't need after the fact.

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