Metal Gear Solid 4 Box Says 4.6 GB Installation

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Yes, Metal Gear Solid 4 is apparently joining the pre-installation club! The game will be added to the growing list of games (like GT5 Prologue, We Love Golf, Devil May Cry 4, Haze, GTA IV, etc) that require PS3 hard drive installation. According to the display copy MGS4 boxart, the game needs a 4.6 GB installation. So all you other installation games, be sure to give MGS4 a warm welcome!

MGS4 Installation [MGN Thanks, Leo!]

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If consumers and developers alike want to play and put out the best products, then these hard drive installs seem like the next step in that direction. PC games have almost always had to be installed, and now that game consoles are gaining HDDs, it would be silly not to take advantage of the benefits they bring.

At the same time, I realize that people who bought PS3s with smaller HDDs, or those who filled up their larger ones, are at a disadvantage and, perhaps, a point of inconvenience with these large files taking up their valuable drive space. However, even with PCs, people must manage their storage in a way that suits their needs, and we don't see a lot of people complaining about how Mac, HP, Dell or Asus PCs have hard drives that are too small. Why? Well, you can replace them, or buy larger ones, right? The same can be done for the PS3.

What are we complaining about here? The fact that Kojima Productions, a third-party developer, made use of the technology and the system specs they were given to the best of their ability? Or, are we condemning Sony for not adding more HDD space to an already very expensive console? In buying a game console rather than a gaming PC, people expect certain conveniences, yes, but technology has always outpaced what people expect it to cover. CDs were great until people started having to use a bunch of them to store their music, so we moved to DVDs. People used to think a 2GB HDD was such an enormous amount of space, but it's nothing now. This is simply a case of pushing the limits of technology to the point of potential inconvenience.