Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

Like so many games currently available, players have no shortage of platform choices for Square Enix and Eidos Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy game. Whether on Xbox or PlayStation, gamers will be able to enjoy the mishaps of Marvel’s band of cosmic heroes with the current generation of platforms available in less than a year. That said, PlayStation gamers may need to be wary of which platform they get it on thanks to a markedly different file size between PS4 and PS5.

Guardians of the Galaxy follows the team as they navigate the galaxy while still recovering from a massive war that left several great powers weakened. After the team’s most recent job ends in a seemingly minor accident, the Guardians find themselves at the crossroads of the Church of Universal Truth and its leader, the Grand Unifier Raker. This leads Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot on a journey across the stars, where they also cross paths with people like Adam Warlock and Nova Corps while trying to stop Raker and the church.

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Despite being a single-player title, the latest Square Enix Marvel game comes with a relatively large installation file for PS4 owners of around 59 GB. The installation file of the PS5 version came to comparison in almost half size, as pointed out by the self-described “tech enthusiast” and “PS gamer” Zuby_Tech on Twitter. Guardians of the Galaxy on PS5 comes with an installation file size of approximately 31 GB.

Zuby credits this to the Kraken compression technology inside the PS5. Kraken is a small but very useful feature of the PS5 console that helps with file compression and reduction of the overall file size on the platform. This is an advantage for PS5 owners, simply because it will allow them to keep multiple games on the system at once without deleting games or exporting them to an additional storage device.

Since the PS5 has only been available for about a year, there are not many titles out at the moment that highlight the advantage Kraken gives the system. That said, Kraken’s file compression will only become clearer as time goes on and more titles are released on PS5. Exclusive consoles are likely to be the first set of titles to see some sort of consistent file reduction thanks to Kraken, as studios like Insomniac Games, Sony Santa Monica and Sucker Punch only have to worry about developing games for PS5.

The crack will really start to shine when third-party studios drop the development for PS4 and Xbox One, allowing teams to focus solely on optimizing the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S versions of their games. As time goes on, it may be a smart selling point for Sony to lean on to push for the PS5.

Guardians of the Galaxy is currently available on GeForce Now, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S.

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