The answer to the question about how large the download size of ARK: Survival Evolved is quite complicated and can't be answered in a single sentence. The main reason is that this game is available for 10 different platforms, and each platform has a unique download size. That is why we wrote an entire article dedicated to only one thing — the download size of ARK: Survival Evolved for each of those 10 platforms. So keep on reading, and you'll discover all the necessary details about it, and much more.
Where Can I Play ARK: Survival Evolved?
You can play ARK: Survival Evolved on:
- Microsoft Windows
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5*
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X/S*
- Android/Chrome OS
- Nintendo Switch
*Available through backward compatibility, there is no individual release for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. While you can play ARK: Survival Evolved entirely free on Android, ChromeOS, and iOS, you'll have to purchase the game for PC and consoles. Furthermore, this game is also available through Stadia and GeForce Now streaming services, and the Xbox Game Pbutt subscription.
What Is The Download Size Of ARK: Survival Evolved?
Depending on the device you wish to install ARK: Survival Evolved, its download size ranges from 2 GB to 58.9 GB. Keep in mind that those numbers may change in the future with updates. Find out how many gigabytes ARK: Survival Evolved requires for each specific platform in the table below:
You may wonder how the download size for PlayStation 4 is so small compared to other platforms. Well, that's because you'd be downloading only the base game, excluding the patches and updates. You'll notice the information saying "Needs to be adjusted" once you visit the download page on the PlayStation store. The game will get enormous once you download all the additional files, going up to almost 100 GB. Another thing to consider is expansion maps such as Lost Island, for which you'll need 20 GB per DLC. Since there are quite a few of them, that probably means you'll need to upgrade your storage or uninstall some of the games. Finally, you'll also need 200 MB for the Steam client and somewhere around 1.5 GB for Epic Games Launcher. For more game download sizes, check out the download size of Cyberpunk 2077 and the download size of Elden Ring.
Where Can I Download ARK: Survival Evolved?
You can download ARK: Survival Evolved on Steam, Epic Games Launcher, and Microsoft Store (PC), PlayStation Store (PlayStation 4 and 5), Microsoft Store (Xbox One and Series X/S), Nintendo Store (Nintendo Switch), Google Play and 3rd-party websites (Android), and App Store (iOS).
A Gigantic Diamond In The Rough
ARK: Survival Evolved can certainly be compared to a rough diamond. It has the potential to become shiny, yet somehow, it still hasn't managed to achieve that. And because players have acknowledged its potential, this game ended up in 20th place on Steam's most-played games by the number of concurrent players (31,950 players)! So how much does it take for ARK: Survival Evolved to transform from rough to shiny diamond?
Frankly, not that much. Like other similar games, ARK: Survival Evolved has many strong and weak points. For instance, it has an outstanding visual quality, tons of content that will make any player forget about real life, freedom of sandbox, an expansive open world filled with all kinds of dangers, adventures, and so much more. But then again, there are optimization issues, lots of bugs, and somewhat toxic public servers filled with cheaters. But above all, one of the most significant drawbacks of this game is that once you go offline, other players can plunder your base and destroy what you've been creating for many hours (even months) in a matter of minutes.
So try to imagine how much effort and time goes to waste when this happens. But you can always host your own server and avoid such problems.
If you're new to this game, good luck because you'll definitely need it. If you glance at the ARK: Survival Evolved Steam's page, you'll see the reviews of players who sunk thousands of hours into this game, giving it negative reviews.
This is because ARK: Survival Evolved could have been a masterpiece if the developers had focused on resolving all these issues rather than releasing the new money-spinning content and completely ignoring the player's suggestions. Overall, ARK: Survival Evolved is a game of endless possibilities, and it can't ever get monotonous, that's for sure. Apart from all these issues we mentioned, there are many things players may find appealing in this game, and it's such a shame about its unfulfilled potential. In the end, it all comes down to developers and their willingness to change things in the future.