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Bungie confirmed earlier this month that they would be expanding Destiny players' vaults in Update 1.1.2, the last major update before the House of Wolves expansion. Today they revealed just how big our vaults will become.
Players can currently store 20 armor pieces, 20 weapons and 20 general items (shaders, vehicles, emblems, etc.) in their vault. However, once Update 1.1.2 goes live, vaults will expand to hold 24 armor pieces, 36 weapons and 24 general items. Yes, there's a reason for such random numbers.
"Our goal was to find a solution that could deliver more Vault space to the greatest number of people in the short term," said Bungie's M.E. Chung in the Weekly Update. "Our challenge was to provide an increase in storage that fit within the memory constraints that limit how many items can be displayed on one screen. This had to be accomplished by a team who is simultaneously working on future content. We opted for making sure that players would have enough slots for all Exotics from Launch through House of Wolves - thus the largest increase in slot space is for weapons."
If you're looking for more space for Armor and General Items, though, don't fret. Chung says that they'll introduce a "solution" for those players sometime soon.
The expanded vaults come at a slight cost, though, on PS3 and Xbox 360. Bungie was forced to disable item comparisons in the Vault on those consoles due to the limited memory.
"Item comparison will continue to function within the Vault on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and in all other contexts on all platforms," said UI engineering lead Brad Fish.
Extra vault space has been one of the most-requested features by players. Bungie realized through their internal data that max-level players who regularly collect loot through raids and other advanced activities were quickly running out of room for their equipment.
"Very few people have completely full Vaults, but a lot of endgame players are bumping up against the limits," said user research lead John Hopson. "For example, 21% of players who are level 30+ have 4 or fewer free spaces in their weapon Vaults right now. The armor and general sections are slightly less full for most people, but not by much. Even at lower levels, there’s a small but measurable fraction of players under level 20 who have full Vaults. You could charitably think of them as 'collectors' or uncharitably label them as 'packrats,' but some people just flat out like holding onto their stuff."
Update 1.1.2 will add new video and audio options along with tweaks and bug fixes. Bungie hasn't shared a release date for the patch yet.