50GB PS4 games will take up to 50 hours to download (let's hope they're worth the wait)

Gamers could be twiddling their thumbs for extended periods if they opt for the next-gen digital download route
50GB PS4 games could take 50 hours to download

Next-gen PS4 titles could take close to 50 hours to download according to broadband site Think Broadband.

The site estimated various download times for a typical 50GB PS4 title, and users with a 2Mbps connection could be faced with a download time of 55 hours.

Even with a 10Mbps connection, you're still looking at 11 hours before the entirety of the game is nestled in your PS4's hard drive.

Speed matters

With plenty of areas in the UK still rocking average download speeds of less than 5Mbps, it's not the best of news for gamers who'd prefer to download titles instantly from the comfort of their own home.

Think Broadband editor Andrew Ferguson clarifies that these download estimates are all assuming that Sony's servers have the capacity to provide as fast a speed as possible to all gamers.

It's not all gloom and doom though. Sony has already revealed that the PS4 will let you play games before they've even finished downloading, letting you play through the first levels while the later ones continue to download in the background.

Still, 50 hours is a long time to wait for a single game and it could put people off digital downloads until internet speeds catch up.

Will you go the digital download route? Or do you prefer the feel of cracking open a freshly unwrapped game case and handling a physical disc? Let us know below.

Estimated download speeds for one 50GB PS4 game

0.5 Mbps: ten days

2 Mbps: 55 hours

10 Mbps: 11 hours

30 Mbps: 3 hr 45 mins

50 Mbps: 2 hr 15 mins

100 Mbps: 1 hr 10 mins

1 Gbps (1000 Mbps): 7 minutes