I simply don't have enough space for Starfield on my PC
This situation with Starfield/Baldur's Gate 3 has become untenable. The two role-playing games are simply too big to coexist in my life, and more impo...
This situation with Starfield/Baldur's Gate 3 has become untenable. The two role-playing games are simply too big to coexist in my life, and more importantly, they are too big to fit on my hard drive.
Since the release of Baldur's Gate 3, I've been wondering how I will manage to spend at least 100 hours with the game before Starfield is released. The answer? I haven't been able to do it, and I won't be able to. Thanks to consecutive reviews of Immortals of Aveum (a failure) and Sea of Stars (excellent), I've only invested about 25 hours in Baldur's Gate 3, even though I've been thinking about it every waking moment since I started my playthrough.
Starfield is one of my most highly anticipated games in years, but due to limited storage capacity, I now face the possibility of not being able to play it until weeks after its release. This is because Starfield takes up a whopping 139.84 GB on PC, and with only Baldur's Gate 3 installed on my laptop, I only have 15.7 GB of free space remaining. Baldur's Gate alone occupies a significant 136.08 GB.
Alright, I wrote the first part of this article this morning and then spent a good half hour searching through my storage space and deleting anything that wasn't absolutely necessary. Even after that effort, I now only have 87.8 GB of free space. I have no idea where I will find the additional 50 gigabytes.
Usually, this isn't a problem I encounter since my PS5 has a terabyte of storage space, and I play most new releases on there. But kudos to Xbox for securing a major exclusive title this time around - that's not possible for me. I wouldn't be torn if the other big game on my hard drive wasn't Baldur's Gate 3 of all things. With most games, I'd be willing to sacrifice them on the altar of Starfield. I've already done that for Baldur's Gate 3 after its first patch was released, deleting all the short games I had planned for this week. I'd gladly make space for most games.
I could probably focus and complete most games within a week. I just did that twice for the mentioned reviews. But Baldur's Gate 3 is not like most games. At the pace I'm currently going, I'll still be playing Larian's RPG during the end-of-year Game-of-the-Year discussions.
My computer provides a rather interesting metaphor for how I expect these discussions to unfold in many media outlets. Will there be room for two massive role-playing games? Will some choose Starfield while others opt for Baldur's Gate 3? Will Tears of the Kingdom take up the space they would have otherwise occupied? Or will another yet-to-be-released game plant its flag on the proverbial hard drive?
I don't know, and I have now stretched this metaphor to its limits of usefulness. But I do know that I'm not the only person who has to make a choice between Baldur's Gate 3 and Starfield - both now and at the end of the year.