Discussing: Digital Games and the Woes of a Small Hard Drive

I love digital games. I have a Steam library of 162 games, a Xbox Live library of over 80 and a PSN library of over 40. However, one problem that has been a nagging issue for a long time now is the lack of hard drive space for said games.

First it was my PC. I lacked the space to hold all of my games so I got a 500 GB external hard drive. As my library grew, as well as my other media, I bought another 2 TB external hard drive. Flash forward to a few months ago and after both hard drives failed, I now own one 3 TB internal hard drive.

Switching over to my Xbox 360, I had a 20 GB hard drive on my first 360. I ran out of space soon. I then got a 120 GB hard drive that seemed to be too much space. When I got another 360 after selling it due to financial hardship, I got a 60 GB which by then proved to be not enough. Finally, I have my current 250 GB which is doing me fine right now but has reached the 100 GB left mark.

Which brings us to my PlayStation 3. I didn’t download anything for it before when I had one early in it’s lifespan so it wasn’t a problem. However, having bought one only two months ago, my 250 GB hard drive has already filled up and I’m having to decided which games to keep and which one’s not to. I’ll admit, this is mostly PlayStation Plus’ fault. It was hard deleting XCOM Enemy Unknown and Vanquish, as well as some install data for some of my retail games but I got Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Sleeping Dogs, Saints Row The Third and Battlefield 3 in return.

Now I know the solution to my PS3 problem is to get a bigger hard drive and I plan to do so. A 500 GB laptop hard drive is around 60-70 on Amazon and that should suffice for some time. However, as you can see, I’ve bought many a hard drive and quite frankly, it gets quite expensive. I have to wonder why console manufacturers like Microsoft and Sony don’t at least give us the option to buy a console with enough storage. I’m aware that not everyone is going to want a 1 TB console but the option would be appreciated.

Another solution I’ve heard is some people don’t even bother installing games onto their hard drive until they know they’re going to play it. However, I like the convenience of being able to just select the game from the menu whenever I feel like it and playing it without having to wait for it to install. Isn’t that part of the appeal of digital games? To not have to get up to put in a disc?

What do you guys think? Do you have the same woes about digital games and hard drive space? Do you even bother with digital games?


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