How Big is Genshin Impact on Mobile and PC?

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Genshin Impact Mobile File Size 3
Credit: miHoYo

Genshin Impact has been around for quite some time now, and considering how it's one of the biggest games in the world, since its launch the game has only expanded in size. As the years go on, new characters, regions, items, events, and more come to Genshin, slowly increasing the game's file size on all platforms. So, how big is Genshin Impact on PC and mobile? Read on, and we'll tell you everything you need to know!

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Genshin Impact Mobile File Size

Genshin Impact Mobile File Size
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Back in the day, Genshin started off at a lowly around 8GB for mobile players, whether it was iOS or Android, but in the modern-day, the game has ballooned to over 16GB as of the current patch.

It's also important to note the difference between the size of the app and the size of the game's data. From the app store, you'll download the app, which will be just a fraction of Genshin's overall size, once you've got the app, the app will download the game's data, taking up the rest of its required space.

Mobile phones, on average, do have over 100GB of space today. But that's just the average, which is likely getting increased pretty massively by the relatively small percentage of people with 256GB or 512GB on their phones. Suffice it to say that many people are still stuck with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

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16GB out of 64GB doesn't sound so bad, but it's worse than you think. See, of course, a 64GB phone doesn't have 64GB of usable storage, it'll probably be closer to 54GB, or so. Then, you're going to want to store a number of apps, photos, videos, music, and other games.

Very, very quickly you'll chew through space on mobile, and considering how Genshin's only getting bigger, if you have a lower capacity phone, ultimately playing Genshin is going to be you struggling against the coming tide, watching your free space slowly tick down.

Genshin Impact PC File Size

On PC, the case is much the same as it is on mobile for Genshin Impact file size, but the game's just bigger.

Like on mobile, you'll download the game at a much smaller file size, then when you boot it up, the client will download the rest of the data, taking up the rest of the space. In recent history, Genshin came in at around 30GBs on PC, but today, that number is around 40GBs.

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Of course, as new updates come to the game, it'll get even larger. It'll also be larger on PC than on mobile, considering the larger textures and more expensive, fancy graphical effects, and everything else.

However, a 40GB PC game isn't particularly large, especially when some of the biggest games can take up 150GB - 200GB on PC. This is many times more than the size of Genshin, so while larger than other platforms, the PC size isn't anywhere near as big of a deal as Genshin's size on mobile.

Genshin Impact Future Storage Requirements

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Genshin is going to get bigger, there are no two ways about it. Regardless of the platform you find yourself on, the game will be getting bigger in time. Yes, the game will be even larger on platforms like console or PC than it is on mobile, but every platform will get bigger in time.

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Genshin could remove content from the game, making the package smaller, but this is an extremely unpopular thing to do, so it's probably not the best solution. Genshin has also flirted with the idea of temporary content that goes away after a time, but once again, this idea has proved unpopular.

People just want more, new, permanent content, but they also don't really want storage sizes to get out of hand. Threading that needle may, unfortunately, not always be possible, but there are steps Genshin can take to make the situation a bit more livable, especially for mobile players.

Genshin could, for example, adopt a system where you download the game in chunks. So, you could have a certain portion of the map explorable and downloaded, and when you wanted to go to a new part of the world or do something different, you could download the extra data.

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This kind of system is fairly popular in other games, but it's generally a lot harder to implement in an open-world game, since a big part of the experience is in the freedom of being able to explore the open-world however you like to explore, so a change like this could undercut that sensation.

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