The Last of Us Part II’s first disc should take anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes to install to your own PS4.
Much like many other major titles in recent years such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Last of Us Part II’s physical version comes on two discs due to how massive the game’s size is. Clocking in near 100GB in total, Naughty Dog’s latest will absolutely take up a hefty portion of your own PS4’s hard drive.
Assuming you’re not picking up the digital version of The Last of Us Part II and don’t have it pre-loaded onto your console already, you may be wondering just how long that this game is going to take to install directly via a disc. This is especially true if you’re planning on picking up the title tonight as it releases in the pursuit of playing it as early as possible. Well, fortunately, we got our hands on a physical edition of TLOU2 a bit prior to launch, and can now shed some light on that question.
When the first disc, also known as the install disc, was first inserted into the console, the initial time estimate sat at 28-minutes. As the download proceeded, this install actually shrunk and the actual installation ended up taking closer to 20-minutes. This also only took into account 31GB of the larger is ~95GB download size, but due to how installations work on PS4, this baseline install then allowed us to insert the play disc and begin the game from here.
While this seems to be a rough estimate in how long it might take for you to install The Last of Us Part II to your own console, there are a few other things to take into account. First off, we used a PS4 Pro when testing this out, meaning that if you have a standard PS4 model, the times could be a bit different. That said, while the PS4 Pro is a bit beefier in terms of raw power, this usually doesn’t translate over to making downloads all that faster. Furthermore, the amount of free space on your own hard drive could potentially play a factor in this scenario.
It’s also worth pointing out that there is a day one patch for The Last of Us Part II that you’ll likely have to download before you can begin playing, too. Update version 1.02 seems to be around 4GB in total, meaning that the download of this patch will likely take about as long as your own internet speed allows for. That said, downloads of updates can typically take a bit longer when hundreds of thousands of people are trying to acquire it at the same time. If you have really fast internet and go to download this day one patch tonight, it could absolutely take up more time than you would initially expect, so keep that in mind.
If you’re planning on picking up The Last of Us Part II tonight, we hope you have a great time with it! As for our own coverage of the title, keep an eye out in the coming week as our written and video review for the game should be dropping soon.