Today, the file sizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda's supported platforms of PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One have been revealed, as some fans are reporting the ability to now pre-load the game ahead of its release date next week. As revealed by way of the title's PC specs, the science fiction shooter is set to take up at least 55 GB of memory on personal computers, while the PlayStation 4 version weighs in at 42.9 GB, and the Xbox One edition's file size is 42.19 GB.
As seen in the tweets below from a couple of ardent Mass Effect: Andromeda fans, it seems as if some of those who have already purchased the game ought to be able to begin pre-loading the title onto their respective platforms. However, there are some fans out in the wild who have said they are currently unable to pre-load Andromeda onto their systems, as the process may be staggered based on players' location, but that's just speculation at this point in time.
Turned on my PS4 and the Mass Effect: Andromeda preload started. pic.twitter.com/g2WG0jZiRj— Hasemo (@Hasemo) March 14, 2017
As of writing, BioWare has yet to officially declare the ability for fans to pre-download Mass Effect: Andromeda. However, with many fans chiming in online about their ability or inability to do so, it's quite possible that the developer will make an announcement regarding the matter soon enough.
Naturally, while Mass Effect: Andromeda's file sizes should give players a decent idea of how much storage space they should free up in order to install the game on their hard drives, it's important to note that BioWare also has a day one patch in the works. As of yet, the studio hasn't unveiled how much memory will be required for the patch, but the launch day update for Andromeda should be available sometime later this week.
Taking all of this into consideration, it's obvious that fans' excitement for what is easily one of the most anticipated video games of 2017 has reached a fever pitch, as Mass Effect: Andromeda will finally be available to everyone next week. Of course, some Xbox One and PC fans will be lucky enough to experience the title before PlayStation 4 players, as Andromeda will be playable with a 10-hour trial through EA Origin/Access starting on March 16. With this being the case, it's likely that plenty of fan-recorded content of Mass Effect: Andromeda's gameplay will surface online ahead of the game's official launch.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to release on March 21, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.