Red Dead Redemption 2 is a big game, both in terms of its scope and file size. As its release date inches ever closer, it turns out that file size has made it one of the few modern games to span multiple discs—two, to be exact.
Our own physical copies at the GameSpot offices show just how it works. The first disc is a «Data Disc» to install necessary files before playing. The other is the «Play Disc» that you’ll have in your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One system while actually playing. That could make for some hefty install times, so be prepared to wait if you pick up a physical copy.
Dual-layer Blu-ray discs tend to cap at 50 GB of storage space. Given that the file size of Red Dead 2 is roughly 100 GB, it’s not too surprising that Rockstar Games would have to split it up in this way. On top of that, the game has a day-one patch that’s recommended for last-minute bug fixes. You can get your hands on the game early, but by the time it finishes installing you could begin playing around the same time those who pre-installed the digital version gain access at midnight.
As long as you’re preparing yourself for the release, you can read up on some beginner’s tips along with tips and cheats. Or if you’re still on the proverbial fence, you can read our Red Dead Redemption 2 review to find out why you shouldn’t be.