Forza Motorsport 7 will weigh in at nearly 100GB on Xbox One — and that's without 4K assets

Microsoft and Turn 10 really aren't kidding when they call Forza Motorsport 7 the biggest game in the franchise yet. In a recent blog post, the Forza team revealed that the game will weigh in at a whopping 95GB at launch. The kicker? That's before you even add 4K assets for the Xbox One X into the mix.

According to the post, the on-disc portion of the game will only come in at 45GB. An additional day-one patch to be released on September 29 will balloon the game's size up to the 95GB mark. That said, you'll still be able to jump into Forza 7 if you only have the disc to play with. From Turn 10:

Naturally, the game can be played from the disc alone. However, if you want to experience the true depth and breadth of content in Forza Motorsport 7, you'll want to take the additional update. A great example is the Forza Driver's Cup single-player campaign. While all players can complete the first play-through of the Forza Driver's Cup on disc, beating the series unlocks a wealth of new Forza Driver's Cup content, including new competitive and Showcase events, as well as new trophies and Driver Gear rewards. In order to access those new events and rewards, you'll need to have the additional update installed.

No matter how you slice it, a footprint of nearly 100GB is massive for a single game — particularly when there's more DLC to come. And since that's before 4K assets are added, this also gives us a small window into the space issues many are sure to run into when the Xbox One X arrives in November and 4K games hit the scene. On that point specifically, Turn 10 only notes that the Xbox One X update will be "large" and will land alongside the Xbox One X on November 7.

Fortunately, as we've recently learned, Microsoft does have some tricks up its sleeve to shrink game sizes as much as possible. Still, 4K games are going to only keep ballooning in size as developers start taking full advantage of the horsepower of the Xbox One X. At the very least, you'll probably want to start thinking about which external hard drive you'll want to supplement the Xbox One X's built-in 1TB drive.

Forza Motorsport 7 is set to launch in full on October 3, but Ultimate Edition owners can dive in early on September 29. The game will feature a roster of more than 700 cars, and a number of famous tracks from around the world. You can preorder the game now starting at $59.99. Microsoft will also release a Forza Motorsport Demo on September 19.

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