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

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.

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Comments

Will my ps4 overheat if i keep it open for 50 hours

The PS4 going to have to come with a pretty big HDD if games are to be over 50GB in size.  

What's wrong with having it all on a Bluray disc and installing it as and when required anyway? Might take a few seconds each time the game is installled but one will always have the disc to use if one deletes the game to make room for others then later decide one wishes to go back and carry on with it.

And having it on Blu-Ray disk certainly won't take up one's Broadband bandwidth.  Don't forget that the times quoted in the article relate to a Broadband connection being used exclusively for downloading a game (it doesn't say otherwise). One needs to subtract from the speeds quoted some estimate of how much of the bandwidth is already being used by other devices such as PCs, Macs, Internet TVs, iPads and so on.

And one more thing...

I've just been slapped with an electricity bill that has gone from £45 a month to £97 per month! Doubled literally overnight!

Personally I don't know if in the future I'm going to be able to afford the power for such a long download time, or even be able to play any games.

BTW - NPower tells me that my PS3 takes 9 hours to use 1 unit of electric. I need to research further to ascertain what a "Unit" is (and if it is the same for all companies).

Maybe if Sony gave into the idea of doing peer2peer file sharing - if other game users have the same game you want to download that person would give data for the other person to make their download go faster and so on. seeding the file or "Game". I really think this could help make the downloads go faster and make it smoother for gamers.

@adyadyady Well if the average download time is going to be around 22 hours (assuming 5Mb/s solid connection) that's an awful long time to tie up your internet connection, plus considering how short a lot of games are there's the possibility that you'd play the game faster than it could download...

Well this is a bit of a non story as you can play as you download. It's even mentioned in this article!

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