'Sea of Thieves' Install Size Reduced To 25GB in February

Sea of Thieves continues to add content and bug fixes, but a major update on February 6 will make it easier to keep the pirate adventure hanging around on your Xbox One or PC hard drive. This information comes from a post on the Sea of Thieves website.

Sea of Thieves is slimming down to take up a smaller chunk of your Xbox One or PC hard drive Rare

The update on February 6 is said to be a larger update than normal, but once everything has finished downloading and installing, the file size for Sea of Thieves will decrease. Xbox One owners will see the Sea of Thieves file size drop from 35GB to 10GB, Xbox One X gamers will see the 47GB install dip to 25GB and PC gamers will see their 47GB install drop to 27GB. That's some impressive optimization.

While the total file size will decrease, Sea of Thieves executive producer Joe Neate said patch sizes will increase based on how the reworked file structures operate. Although patch sizes will get larger, the overall size of the game itself will not bloat significantly. "If we didn't make this change, the game install size would continue to increase, taking up more and more of your hard drive space," he said in the post.

Another major benefit for this restructuring is that it makes it easier to create and transfer builds. This means the developers at Rare can operate on a faster schedule and provide new updates to players more efficiently than ever before.

It should be noted that the February 6 update that drops the file size will download and fully reinstall the game on your console or PC. If it looks like your game was deleted during the patch process, then everything should be working as planned.

In other Sea of Thieves news, the most recent update improves loading times and has an option to scale the text in chat to a different size. The 1.4.2 patch also ends the festive holiday events in Sea of Thieves, along with fixing a number of bugs and other glitches. The full 1.4.2 patch notes are as follows:


  • Loading Times – Further improvements to loading times should be noticeable with the release of 1.4.2.
  • Scalable Text Chat - Text chat can now be scaled via the settings menu.


  • Cannon radial no longer sticks on a player's screen if they are knocked away from a cannon.
  • The lowest LOD texture on the galleon ladder has been updated.
  • Players on the Ferry of the Damned will now be credited for Krakens killed by their crew.
  • Players no longer get teleported to the middle of the map while on a Rowboat during server migration.
  • Players should no longer intermittently fall off ship ladders when reaching the top.
  • Rewards in Kraken Watchtower Vault have been rearranged so they can all be picked up.
  • Migrating with an in-progress 'X marks the spot' map no longer puts treasure back in the dig spots.

So what do you think? Are you excited to see Sea of Thieves free up more room on your console's hard drive? What other games would you like to see reoptimize themselves like this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.