How Much Storage Do You Need For VR?
There’s lots of different specs available on the market in terms of amount of storage sold with VR headsets.
It can become quite confusing to find out the optimal point of not overspending on unused memory but whilst also making sure you’re future proofing yourself with your new purchase against future operating system updates and ever growing game file sizes.
It can be very frustrating for the user if you don’t have enough storage to download a newly released game so you have to sacrifice one of your existing games by deleting it to allow the space for the new one.
The majority of the standalone VR headsets come with internal storage, which usually falls between 64 to 128 GB.
Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be able to expand or upgrade the storage of VR headsets after purchase as the storage is built within the headset itself.
All VR headsets will require an operating system to run. You’ll need to update to the latest OS to power on your VR system.
Your VR headset’s operating system is known to take up to 15% of your headsets internal storage so it’s always important to bare this in mind when looking at what amount of storage you think you need when purchasing a new device.
The Oculus Quest 2, for example, has 64GB storage however users can’t get all of this space, as the operating system and software takes around 10GB of space from the device.
You’re going to want to build up an amazing library of games over time tailored to you so when you pick up your headset you can dive straight in to having fun.
Regarding storage consumption, VR games will be the main thing that take up your storage on your headset. At the end of the day it’s what most users are purchasing one of these headsets for, to play.
Below is a table showing an array of games differing in file size that are available on todays market so you can get a good idea on how much storage they’ll take up.
|Jurassic World Aftermath||2.35 GB|
|Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge||5.67 GB|
|Population: One||2.37 GB|
|The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners||7.99 GB|
|Eleven Table Tennis||902.9 MB|
|Fruit Ninja||748.5 MB|
|Beat Saber||717.4 MB|
|Real VR Fishing||2.16 GB|
As you can see from the table the average game on a VR device is around 2 – 2.5 GB.
Arcade or simpler sports games like table tennis are less than 1 GB on average.
The biggest game file we came across was the Walking Dead game soaring in at 8 GB.
We can see from looking at the original games on these devices and comparing them to upcoming releases that bigger file sizes are coming in. That may be due to better technologies creating better graphics or more in depth story lines creating a more immersive experience.
Caused from quite a few different factors there’s no denying that these games are getting larger in file size over time.
Game add-ons are additional updates to existing or previous games. This may be in the form of a DLC pack or a new map or new characters in your sports game.
Whatever it may be there’s always add-ons to games.
They’re usually paid for so they’re completely optional so it doesn’t apply to all users but if you’re one for completing a game and if they add on extra levels then you need to dive back in to make sure that game’s completely finished off then it’s important you take into considering that add on packs can take up to an extra 1 – 2 GB when released if it’s a large add on.
Things like just extra characters or vehicles won’t be over 100 – 200 MB so this shouldn’t cause an issue.
Game Save Data
The saved data is what you decide to store for future use. Some saved data may include VR game career modes, saved replays, and other similar information.
Usually, this information is stored in folders that take a significant amount of space.
Apart from the game itself, the game save data is a factor that affects the amount of storage needed for your VR.
Future updates are inevitable. They’re just going to happen there’s no two ways about it.
Not only the operating system but also the games will require updates every now and again and you guessed it they’ll all take up more storage space.
Operating system updates usually come in up to 1 GB at a maximum.
Depending on your game an average update size is 250 MB – 500 MB.
So it’s not a huge amount of storage but should always be taken into consideration when purchasing your new device.
Movies are another heavy use as well as games for these headsets.
If you’re wanting to watch a HD 1080p movie then the majority of the library ranges between 1 – 2.5 GB.
However 3D movies usually start at around 10 GB in size and go up to a whopping 30 GB. Due to this no matter what VR headset you own it may be an idea that once you’ve watched your 3D movie to then delete the file afterwards as they’re just huge in size.
In conclusion if you’re looking to play a wide library of arcade or simple sports games you should be all good to use a 64 GB headset. The same goes for playing a few core games but not wanting to buy the whole store.
Even if you enjoy a few movies on top a 64 GB model would cover this including future game updates and operating system updates.
The only time I’d advise to venture out to getting a 128 GB model is if you’re looking to play a huge variety of games and you love downloading movies, especially 3D ones.
A 128 GB model will future proof you against game files in 3 – 5 years time when I expect games to be as large as 20 – 30 GB just based on how much they’re currently growing in size.
So the correct amount of storage you require boils right down to the question of what are your needs from this headset?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide and it’s helped you really find out the amount of storage space you personally require from your VR device.