Fix: Horizon Forbidden West is not downloading

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Key notes

  • Horizon Forbidden West was released soon, but it sometimes seems like not downloading.
  • To fix this annoying issue you should first update your console and clear its cache.
  • Because the game might fail to download due to disk space problems, you should free up some.
  • If Horizon Forbidden West is not downloading, you can try upgrading to a larger SSD/HDD for your console
Horizon Forbidden West is not downloading: Check these fixes

Aloy’s adventures are extremely impressive, especially for those gamers who enjoy mysterious new scenarios, characters, and threats.

Unfortunately, like any other software, Horizon Forbidden West can generate a few problems and it seems like it is sometimes not downloading as expected.

This is a pretty common issue that might occur even if the game you’re trying to install is brand new.

Today, we’ll show you what are the easiest fixes to try if you or your friends notice that Horizon Forbidden West is not downloading.

What can I do if Horizon Forbidden West is not downloading?

1. Update your console

1.1 PS4

  1. Make sure that the connection between your PS4 and Internet is stable.
  2. Now, navigate to PS4 Settings.
  3. Click on System Software Update.
  4. Press on the X button.
  5. You’ll get a message that informs you if the latest version of your system console has already been installed.
  6. Otherwise, the message will let you know that you should upgrade your system. To install it, click on Upgrade now.

1.2 PS5

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to System.
  3. In the System Software section, click on System Software Updates and Settings.
  4. Choose the type of update you want to perform.
  5. Click on the Update button, then wait until your console is updated and restarted.

2. Clear your console’s cache

  1. Completely turn off your PS4 or PS5 (Keep in mind that the Rest Mode won’t work).
  2. Wait until the indicator light stops blinking and goes black.
  3. Do not unplug your PS4 while in the Rest Mode.
  4. Disconnet the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 power cord from the back of your device.
  5. Wait one minute, then plug the cord back into the PS4/PS5 and turn it on.
  6. Now, you’ve power cycled your PS4/PS5 and you should’ve cleared the cache.

3. Free up some disk space

3.1 PS4

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to System Storage Management.
  3. On the opened page you’ll see how the disk space is distributed and how much free space you have.
  4. Make sure that you have enough to download Horizon Forbidden West.
  5. If not, delete you should delete other saved data.
  6. To do so, go back to your Settings menu, and choose the Application Saved Data Management section.
  7. Choose what you want to clear.
  8. Click on Delete.

3.2 PS5

  1. Open PS5 Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Storage.
  3. There, you’ll be able to view both the Console Storage and the Extended Storage.
  4. Click on each of them and check the free disk space.
  5. If you don’t have enough, make sure you delete other saved data.
  6. To do so, go back to your PS5 Settings, navigate to Saved Data and Game/App Settings.
  7. Choose from Saved Data (PS5) or Saved Data (PS4).
  8. Select Console Storage.
  9. Click on Delete.
  10. Tick the box next to the files you want to delete and select Delete.

If Horizon Forbidden West is not downloading, you’ll probably need to free up some disk space. However, if this solution seems not working, we have one more option you can try.

4. Upgrade to a larger SSD/HDD for your console

Upgrading to a larger SSD/HDD for your console might help you in this situation and this is how you can do it:

  • Replace the internal drive
  • Attach an external hard drive

Keep in mind that before the installation, you should transfer all data from the old disk to the new one.

Because this process might be time-consuming, we strongly recommend using dedicated software to transfer your saved files.

This is what you can do in case Horizon Forbidden West is not downloading. Keep in mind that these are some general steps, that proved to work for many PS games.

Until we come up with other solutions, that can be applied specifically for this game, make sure you’ll manage to solve today’s issue with our today’s guide.

Also, it seems like Horizon Forbidden West is not installing properly in some cases. You should check some related fixes just in case you or your friends will ever face this issue.

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