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Baldur’s Gate 3 | Why is the Steam download so slow?

Baldur’s Gate 3 has finally released in early access today, with the game’s Act I available to download via Steam. However, given that it’s not the full release just yet, developer Larian Studios has inevitably been experiencing some teething issues with the RPG. One unexpected problem has been slow download speeds for Baldur’s Gate 3 on Steam. So is there a way to fix it and increase the download speed?

Baldur’s Gate 3 slow download on Steam

baldur's gate 3 slow download speed

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on Steam, though prospective players are being afflicted by a slow download speed. This has seen it taking even longer than expected to install for players, despite it boasting a hefty download size.

Baldur’s Gate 3‘s slow download speeds is the result of Steam’s servers struggling due to many players downloading it. Larian Studios tweeted that it had “broke Steam” as a result of the game’s popularity, and its launch day continues to present issues for Valve’s platform, as it’s taking much longer to download for players than its still considerably large install size would lead players to believe.

Baldur’s Gate 3 requires 82.56 GB of disk space, though its install only comes in at 59.63 GB on Steam. This is still a sizable chunk of hard drive space, especially when you consider that this isn’t even the full game — Baldur’s Gate 3‘s early access only features Act I of the game, with Larian adding in Act II and Act III at a later date.

However, while it would still have taken some time to install a near 60 GB game on Steam, the platform’s server issues have ensured that players are waiting an even longer time than expected to jump into the new RPG.

Can you increase Baldur’s Gate 3 download speed?

Unfortunately, Baldur’s Gate 3‘s download speed is reliant on Steam’s servers. This means that it may not be possible to speed up and increase its download speed, unless the issue is specifically linked to your internet connection, in which case performing routine troubleshooting and a speed test will allow you to see if the issue with its slow download speed isn’t linked to the problems faced by Steam’s servers.

However, you can change your download region in Steam to potentially speed up the process by getting it to access a different server. To do this, navigate to the Steam tab, then settings, then downloads, and change the download region listed. You’ll want to ensure that the download region remains in the same country, though is in a different location to the one previously expected.

Steam’s servers should be able to pick back up once this initial influx of players have settled in, and those looking to play Baldur’s Gate 3 will be able to install it and jump into the game sooner rather than later.