Sony’s compression technology on the PS5 is really paying off when it comes to games that utilize it. The latest is Dying Light 2 which is unbelievably small on the console, especially when compared to other platforms. It is less than half the size of the PS4 and PC version and a good size smaller than the Xbox version.
According to Techland, Dying Light 2 on PS5 is only 25GB whereas the PS4 version is 51GB, Xbox comes in at 35GB and PC is at 43GB. This makes the PS5 version the smallest of the lot.
Dying Light 2 is also quite a hefty game so this file size on the PS5 is impressive. It doesn’t mean there is less going on in it or PS5 owners are being cheaped out somewhere. Instead, it just means you have more space on your console to save your other games thanks to Sony’s brilliant compression technology on the console.
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The PS5 makes use of an integrated IO that handles the uncompressing of game files on the fly. This means the performance isn’t affected in any way and developers can make game files smaller and let the PS5 uncompress them while you play it.
The Xbox Series X also has its own compression tech. While not as impressive as Sony’s, it specifically revolves around streaming texture data to the console’s IO.
Techland does have a Dying Light 2 day one update available already for the game so these file sizes might change a bit. Keep in mind that as the game grows and gets supported with new content, the file size will also increase. However, this is great news for a launch game. Especially in a month with some incredible-looking games that will chew up all your time and SSD space.