Grand Theft Auto V jacks HD space with mandatory 8GB install

Rockstar Games are forcing everyone who wants to play Grand Theft Auto V to install 8 GB of game data to their HD in order to play the game. The 8 GB install is required because of the massive amount of data needed to play the game smoothly. One of the biggest reasons for the mandatory install is Grand Theft Auto V‘s ability to switch between characters at a moment’s notice.

Grand Theft Auto V is the largest and most ambitious game we have yet created, and takes full advantage of every ounce of processing power available in the current generation of consoles. In order to provide the best possible experience for such a massive and detailed world, the game will have installation requirements on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 systems. For Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto V will ship on two discs; Disc 1 will be used for a one-time mandatory install and Disc 2 will be used to play the game. After the install, players will be able to enjoy both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online without any need to switch discs.

This initial install will require an Xbox 360 Hard Drive or an external 16GB USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of free space. If using a USB flash drive it must be at least USB 2.0 with a minimum 15mb/s read speed and formatted for Xbox 360 use. A new USB flash drive is recommended to ensure optimum performance.  For PlayStation®3, the game ships on one disc and will install content as soon as you insert the game. The install is roughly 8GB, and players will be able to play as soon as the install is complete.

The last time I had to do a mandatory install of this size was Metal Gear Solid 4 and that took an hour to complete. Old grizzled Snake was on the screen for so long that I could see him aging right in front of me. Snake smoked the entire time; I had to turn the TV off to keep from getting cancer. Still, the 8GB install isn’t that big of an issue for me personally. I’m patient enough to go play another game while I wait. If you need to clean out space on your HD, you better get started now (Sean).

Grand Theft Auto V hits the streets September 17th for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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