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How Long Will Death Stranding Take to Download

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Death Stranding requires a pretty big chunk of hard drive space on your PlayStation 4 which means the download will take quite awhile to finish up.

After a lengthy wait, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima’s highly anticipated game is about to launch on Sony’s PlayStation 4.

The game will apparently take between 40 and 60 hours to complete. If you’re the completionist type, it could take upwards of 100 hours to finish.

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With a world and storyline that big, it should come as no surprise to learn that Death Stranding requires a fairly big download in order to play. It’s nowhere near as big as Red Dead Redemption 2, but it’s still going to take some time.

Thanks to the pre-load, Sony, and a variety of other sources, we now know what to expect. And from there we can put the download and installation time into perspective for those who have pre-ordered and anyone that wants to start playing the game on November 7th, November 8th, or soon after.

TaskTime
Make Room on Your Console0-30 Minutes
Death Stranding Download45 Minutes-2+ Hours
Day One Patch15-45 Minutes
Total Download Time1-3 Hours

Death Stranding Download Size

According to Sony, Death Stranding requires a minimum of 48GB of hard drive space. This is apparently the case for all versions of the game.

If you’re downloading the game from the PlayStation Store, the initial download is right around 33.7GB. If you’re installing the game from a disc, it should be right around that size as well.

If you’re running out of space on your PS4’s internal storage, now would be a good time to comb through your data and delete files and games you no longer need.

If you’re running out of space and you don’t want to delete any files, you should think about investing in an external hard drive for your PS4.

The Samsung T5 Portable SSD is one of our favorites, but it’s a little pricey. If you don’t want to spend that much, we recommend taking a look at the WD My Passport 4TB.

Death Stranding Download Time

If you’re planning to install and play the game right when it comes out, you might have to wait quite awhile for the download to finish up.

Mileage will vary based on connection speed, but a 30+GB download is going to take over an hour for a lot of you. For some of you, it could take multiple hours, especially if you’re trying to download the game the second it’s released.

If you’re curious how long Death Stranding might take to download on your connection, you can use this handy tool to approximate the amount of time the download will take to finish up.

It’s not going to be exact, but it will help you plan ahead and set realistic expectations.

Death Stranding Pre-Load

If you want to get a head start on the download you can start pre-loading the game right now. In order to pre-load the game you have to pre-order a copy.

Pre-loading Death Stranding allows you to start playing right when the game goes live at 12AM Eastern on November 8th.

Death Stranding Day One Patch

The developer’s issued a day one patch which only increases the installation time.

The Death Stranding day one patch includes a variety of performance improvements and bug fixes for optimal performance. We strongly recommend downloading the patch before starting the game.

The day one patch is in and around 1GB.

5 Reasons to Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077 & 5 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses. 

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:

Physical Items

  • Case with game discs
  • World Compendium detailing the game's setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Stickers

Digital Items

  • Game soundtrack
  • Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game
  • Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook
  • Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG. 

If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.

If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering a copy.

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