I’ve adjusted to life on the digital gaming scene. I might still cough up money for a physical game that I really want, like a Square Enix JRPG or something that dances along my tastes, but these are strictly restricted to console games. I haven’t bought a physical PC game since World of Warcraft back when it first launched, and if Konami’s latest move is a hint of the future, I never will again.

Early adopters of the physical PC version of Metal Gear Solid V, those who either want to or have to rely on a game on the disc, are reporting that the game’s CD doesn’t hold a whole lot. In fact, the only thing it does contain is the installer for the Steam version of the game, meaning that the physical product you actually buy in the store doesn’t have a game on it.


Yup, in spite of all the world’s seemingly infinite storage space that we have today, the disc in this box takes up a mere 8.78 MB. If you rely on physical media because your Internet speed is too slow or your bandwidth is too limited for digital distribution… sorry. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is not in your near future unless you’re part of the world or provider gets an overhaul. Hope you enjoy that $60 coaster you just bought with little to no warning of what was actually on it.

Is this better or worse than selling a disc with locked DLC on it? And just to point out, Konami isn’t the first to do this. I bought Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for the PlayStation 3 which contains just an installer as well.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launches tomorrow for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.