Black Ops Cold War is coming in fast, and we couldn't be more excited, but as expected such an expansive title has quite a weighty file size to its name.
According to a new blog post from Activision, Black Ops Cold War will be around 133GB on PS5 and 136GB on Xbox Series S / X. For PS4 it will be around 95 GB, and for Xbox One it will be circa 93 GB.
For PC, the file size varies 35GB for multiplayer only, 82 GB for the full game, and a whopping 125 GB for the full game on 'ultra' graphics settings.
So, put simply, if you want to take any potential stress out of downloading this awesome (but large) game, these external hard drives are well worth considering, and can free up some valuable space on your selected platform.
HDDs and SSDs with Next-Gen
When it comes to which SSDs will work with next-gen, the waters are arguably a little muddied. The Xbox Series X and S work with an official Seagate Storage Expansion Card (SSD) which you can pre-order here.
For PS5, it is yet to be seen/ announced as to whether they will release a similar storage solution to work alongside their internal, powerful custom SSD.
If you're planning on using a hard drive to play backwards compatible games on next-gen, you can store the games on the external hard drive, and they will then need to be transferred over to the internal SSD of the next-gen console to be played.
Seagate Expansion Portable 1 TB External Hard Drive HDD (£42.99 / $51.99) - Best Quick Fix
SEA SENSE: This hard drive is great to get some breathing room
Not everyone needs a HUGE amount of space and more often than not a bit of room to manoeuvre is more than enough. If that sounds like you, then the Seagate Expansion Portable 1 TB External Hard Drive HDD is the one to go for.
Coming in at well under £50, this well made, and great looking accessory is perfect for freeing up room on your console so you can download Black Ops Cold War with ease.
1 TB may not sound like much, but trust us, it comes in very handy when faced with some large file sizes for some of your favourite games!
WD BLACK 2 TB P10 Game Drive (£74.74 / $79.99) - Best All-Rounder
TICKS ALL THE BOXES: This is a great go-to for your storage needs
This WD BLACK 2 TB P10 Game Drive is purpose-built for gaming, and definitely up there with the best hard drives on the market.
If you've got a pretty substantial gaming library, then this will absolutely take any potential stress out of downloading Black Ops Cold War.
Featuring a durable build and a pretty awesome minimal black design, this is actually one of the better looking hard drives on the market.
It's now reduced from £89.99 on Amazon too!
Click here to buy: WD Black 2 TB Game Drive (£74.74 / $79.99) on Amazon
Seagate Expansion Desktop 6 TB External Hard Drive HDD (£98.67 / $119.99) - Best for Storage
ULTIMATE STORAGE: Good luck trying to fill this one
The Seagate Expansion Desktop 6 TB External Hard Drive is a fantastic piece of kit and one you should consider if you know you're going to be downloading a ton of games.
6TB is actually quite challenging to fill, so you're not going to have to worry too much about running out of space anytime soon.
Thanks to the design, this hard drive sits nicely next to your chosen platform, and looks the business too! Currently on sale at Amazon UK!
WD BLACK 1 TB P50 NVMe SSD Game Drive (£239.99 / $199.99) - Best for speed for current-gen and PC
SOLID CHOICE: This WD SSD is great if you're all about speed!
WD make the list again, but this time it's their WD BLACK 1 TB P50 NVMe SSD Game Drive, which can be used with current-gen consoles, PC and mac.
SSD's are much newer tech, so they essentially are smaller and quicker than HDDs. If you're all about speed and want to download Black Ops Cold War as quickly as possible - this a great choice.
And once again, it's one great looking SSD!
Click here to buy: WD BLACK 1 TB P50 NVMe SSD Game Drive (£239.99 / $199.99) on Amazon
So there you are, that's our top picks for external hard drive solutions to make your Black Ops Cold War experience even easier!
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