Diablo 4 is gearing up to launch its two beta weekends before the game finally releases this June, and with it comes a ton of excitement. Diablo hasn’t seen a new expansion in the franchise since 2014, and no new mainline entry since 2012. That was well over 10 years ago, so it’s great to see the series finally come back into the spotlight. If you’re one of the people planning on jumping in for its Early Access weekend, you may be upset to find the install size massive. Thankfully, there’s a way to alleviate some of the pain. Here’s how to reduce the install size of the Diablo 4 beta.
How to Reduce Diablo IV Beta Install Size
There’s one massive detail to note before we begin. You can only reduce the download size of Diablo 4 if you’re playing on PC through Battle.net. If you’re playing on PlayStation on Xbox, you’ll have to live with whatever download size the game lists. If you are on PC though, there’s a really easy way to improve the install size, thankfully.
When you go to Pre-Install the game, you’ll be met with a button detailing the Installation. This will say the game is 85 GB to install, though we can easily reduce this by selecting Modify Install across from the Game Content option. In this menu, you’ll find the Base Game (required) option grayed out, but you’ll also find the High-Resolution Assets option. The only situation where you want this to be enabled is if you have a top-of-the-line PC. This will make the detail of the world and models much higher quality, though it will only appear when playing at 4K resolution or with Ultra settings enabled. If you don’t have either of those, you can deselect it.
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Once done, click Confirm, and you’ll bring the download size down severely. With the High-Resolution Assets disabled, the game will only be 41 GB instead of the original 85. A large improvement if we do say so ourselves. While you’re at it, be sure to check out our guide on the differences between the editions of the game. It’ll help if you want to buy it after playing the beta.