The preload for the first beta phase of Diablo 4 has started. When it comes to downloading, it makes a huge difference whether you only select the base game or also select the high-res package.
As announced, preloads for the pre-order beta of Diablo 4 are now possible. Blizzard released the download last night.
Huge differences in download
It makes a huge difference whether you only select the base game or also the pack with “High Resolution Assets”. Once you’ve selected the Diablo 4 Beta in the Battle.Net client sidebar, you’ll be given the option to install if you’ve redeemed a beta key. And here’s a big surprise: by default, you’re offered a download that’s 85 GB in size. We remember: The system requirements for the beta of Diablo 4only provide 45 GB of available memory. How does that fit together?
Diablo 4 Beta 1: Early Access
- Preload: since 15.3. (Wednesday) at 5 p.m
- Start: 17.3. (Friday) at 5 p.m
- End: 20.3. (Monday) at 8 p.m
The reason is simple: The package with “High Resolution Assets” is included in the default selected download for the D4 Beta. If you modify the download and deselect the package, there are only 41 GB that you have to download. So the download is more than halved. Unfortunately, we don’t have any keys for the pre-order beta ourselves yet, which is why we can’t check at this point what will be lost by deselecting the high-res assets. If one of the PCGH users has downloaded the beta, they are welcome to comment on it in the forum.
However, it should be noted that the 45 GB of free space for the D4 Beta is a minimum requirement. Once you download the high-resolution textures, the requirements almost double. For a beta with a limited scope, 80 GB and more is already heavy, especially since the full version of Blizzard is currently estimated at 90 GB. You have to assume that these are also only minimum requirements and that 150 GB and more are to be expected including the high-res package.