Elden Ring: Release Times, Preload, And File Size Explained

Elden Ring: Release Times, Preload, And File Size Explained

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Elden Ring, the highly anticipated collaboration between Dark Souls developer From Software and Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, is now available on PC with consoles to follow tomorrow. It’s our latest chance to play a tough-as-nails action-RPG with a story told through item descriptions (sometimes) and you may want to play it the second it releases. Here’s everything you need to know about Elden Ring’s release timing, file size, and preload details. This way, you’ll be able to play it as soon as it unlocks. We also include a tip if you’re getting the physical version on an Xbox system.

Elden Ring Release Date And Time

Officially, Elden Ring is due to release on PC, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PS4 on February 25. The console release timing is set for midnight, 00:00 AM in most timezones. This means some players will get the game before others, but there are a couple locations where this isn’t true. Additionally, console and PC release times are not the same. In fact, if you are playing on PC, you’re all set to begin playing Elden Ring right now.

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PC Release Time

PT: February 24 at 3 PM

CT: February 24 at 5 PM

ET: February 24 at 6 PM

GMT: February 24 at 8 PM

Console Release Time

PT: February 24 at 9 PM

CT: February 24 at 11 PM

AST: February 24 at 2 AM

All other time zones: February 25 at midnight

Also of note: If you’re playing a digital Xbox copy, it’s possible to play Elden Ring early by changing your region.

Elden Ring Preload

Preloading for Elden Ring is possible for all players who pre-order the game ahead of its release, so they can have it downloaded and ready to go as soon as the game is released.

Preloading is currently live for Xbox players and will be available to PlayStation players and PC players 48 hours before launch. Anyone with an Elden Ring preorder on Xbox can now start the download through the Xbox storefront on either the Xbox X, S or Xbox One. If you’re playing on Xbox, you can actually pre-load the game even if you are getting the physical version. Search for the game via the Xbox mobile app and choose to install it. It won’t be playable until you insert the disc, but it will be completely installed ahead of time.

Elden Ring File Size

With Elden Ring reportedly taking around 30 hours to finish, its file size is surprisingly compact compared to other AAA games. With the Xbox preloading now live, we know the file size for Xbox consoles is 49.04 GB, though this may increase if a separate day one patch is required.

The file size on PS4 is reported to be 44.929 GB, according to Twitter account PlayStation Game Size, though this likely doesn’t include a day one patch.

There’s no confirmed file size for the PC version of the game yet, though the recently released PC requirements for Elden Ring requires players to have at least 60GB of free space for the game. To help expedite this process, PC gamers can download game-ready drivers for the game.

In the meantime, you can also check out 13 things you need to know about Elden Ring ahead of its release, and read our Elden Ring review in progress. As you set out on your journey across The Lands Between, be sure to check out our various guides, including how to get a horse, the best first route to take, and which class best suits your play style.

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