NBA 2K23 Pre-Load on Xbox Series Is Live; Weighs Over a Whopping 150 GB

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If you’re planning on buying the latest iteration of NBA 2K this year (NBA 2K23), you may want to be sure you have enough space, as the NBA 2K23 pre-load has officially gone live for Xbox Series owners, revealing that the title clocks in at a staggering 152GB.

For those who currently own an Xbox console, the pre-load for NBA 2K23 has gone live (via Xbox App), allowing you to download the game ahead of the release this week. While that’s all good, what came to a surprise to many who started pre-loading was how big of a download the game is. To be precise, if you want to download NBA 2K23 ahead of a release, you’ll need 152.02GB of space available on your Xbox Series X|S. 

It doesn’t appear that the pre-load for last-gen (Xbox One) is live yet, and PlayStation owners (PS4 & PS5) will have to wait until this Wednesday (September 7) in order to start pre-loading ahead of this Friday’s release. The file size is expected to be slightly smaller on the PS5 version than the Xbox Series’, though most likely not as much given that NBA 2K22 was only 6GB less on the PS5 than the Xbox Series version. In fact, in comparison to last year, NBA 2K23 requires an additional 35GB of space, going from 115Gb to 152GB on the Xbox Series. For quick reference, here are the file sizes for each platform for last year’s version of NBA 2K. 

NBA 2K22 File Sizes (Launch):

  • Xbox Series X|S : 115.56 GB
  • Xbox One : 84.3 GB
  • PS4 : 99.137 GB
  • PS5 : 109 GB
  • Switch : 45.2 GB
  • PC : 110 GB

That is certainly is decent leap in download size. In fact, this puts it up there for one of the biggest download sizes for a game on the platform yet. Destiny 2, which is also considerably large, requires less than 100GB, while Apex Legends comes in just a little under 90GB on the platform. Call of Duty Warzone, has seen some reduction in file size over the years, bringing it to around 110GB as of right now, depending on the platform. That is, of course, if you don’t count the installation of Modern Warfare, which does bump that size to over 200GB.

So yeah, NBA 2K23 is definitely taking a huge chunk of storage space, and this isn’t even counting the title updates for the game, which, based on series history, have also been hefty downloads.

Hopefully the studio can do some things to help lower this, be that better compression techniques, or the option to download and uninstall unwanted parts. 

NBA 2K23 is scheduled for a September 9 release on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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