Virgin Media says it recorded the “biggest download day on record” on February 25, the same day as the latest Call of Duty update.
The average user downloaded over 20 gigabytes. Call of Duty: Warzone is known for its huge download sizes, and the update clocked in at up to 26.5 gigabytes for some users.
Virgin, however, said its traffic record reflected a constant increase since the first pandemic lockdown.
Call of Duty: Warzone, the popular battle royale shooter, has a minimum requirement for PC gamers of 175 gigabytes of free space – a huge chunk of most computers’ storage space.
PlayStation 4 owners have even been advised that they may need to delete some of the game’s own data packs in order to download new updates and have them fit on the console’s 500 gigabyte hard drive.
Many gamers download titles rather than buying discs these days – and even those who prefer physical copies need to regularly download large updates.