Despite the staggering amounts of space that can be found on a Blu-Ray disk, it’s likely that Doom’s latest entry wont be able to fit on a disk. John Carmack had said in an interview at Quakecon that they will have more data than the Blu-Ray can handle. What he said in an interview after the jump.
“The videos are just using the normal game data. There is a decent chance we will fill the PS3 Blu-Ray with more data than we ship on DVDs for Doom 4, but we will have to see how much trouble it is maintaining two complete builds of the data. I would love to let the PC stream extra detail over the net when needed, but that would take a significant server and bandwidth commitment that I’m not sure we can make.”
If this is the case, then there are three choices for Doom 4 to be on consoles. The first being on the next generation of consoles, the second being on the next generation of Blu-Ray disks, the third being the game gets content cut and compressed to bring down the filesize. The third seems to be the most likely option. Multiple disks are also an option but they are a minority in games now.
It honestly does amaze me how much data a single game takes up nowadays. Games like Sonic 3 and Knuckles would only take up a paltry 3 or 4 megabytes, if that. Now, we have textures taking up several megabytes, and soundtracks that make up hundreds of megabytes for a game that can be completed in mere minutes.