PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds install 'up to 30 GB' on Xbox One X

Later this year 2017's biggest success story in gaming, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), is on track for release on Xbox One. Following months of development through Steam's Early Access program, Microsoft has picked up an exclusivity deal for its console debut, publishing the game via the Xbox Game Preview program. With few details on expansions to further platforms, Microsoft has been keen to capitalize on this launch period, currently marketing the game as "console launch exclusive."

Microsoft recently unveiled that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will hit Xbox One on December 12, via both digital and physical versions releases. It now appears that placeholder game packaging is beginning to surface across major retailers – providing further details on what to expect from the Xbox One version.

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According to placeholder cover art for the physical release of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, "up to 30 GB" of free storage is required on Xbox One. Microsoft is keen to note that as an unfinished product this is "subject to change," though provides an idea of the potential download size to expect at launch. For reference, the PC version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds also recommends 30 GB of storage but only totals 8 GB once installed at this time. This could indicate that Xbox One and PC require headroom for incoming updates, however, may also indicate differences between the two versions.

This figure should be the install size when on Xbox One X, looking back at the box art of games previously launched with Xbox One X support. For example, Forza Motorsport 7 recommends 99 GB of storage on its boxed copy, while the Xbox One X install clocks in at 95 GB. 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR) have been previously promised features on the console, which should be enabled via the "Xbox One X Enhanced" update.

It should be noted that while PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is slated for a retail boxed release this December, this version will contain a 25-digit key for redemption via Xbox Live. This means that despite which version you purchase, the full download is still required over Xbox Live.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.