Why Rockstar Games Warns Against Disc Install For Xbox 360 Version of GTA V

Everybody is hanging out for the explanation of a Tweet made by Rockstar Games aimed at the imminent release of Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto V. The tweet read “An 8GB install is required. For optimal performance, we recommend not installing the play disc.” The game comes with two discs – the first one has all the content, and is necessary, while the play disc is not…

 

By Mike Wheeler

Everybody is hanging out for the explanation of a Tweet made by Rockstar Games aimed at the imminent release of Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto V. The tweet read “An 8GB install is required. For optimal performance, we recommend not installing the play disc.” The game comes with two discs – the first one has all the content, and is necessary, while the play disc is not.

Nobody is sure why Rockstar Games has made the recommendation, which isn’t helped by the company stating that it will explain why on its Support Page soon. As of this writing nothing has been posted.

However, there might be an answer from the Richard Leadbetter, chief of Digital Foundry, a portal that specialises in gaming reviews and hardware, and more importantly, has had a look at the Xbox 360 iteration of the game.

"When you first get the game, the first order of business is installing the mandatory content from disc one – this accounts for 7.7GB of data to install on your hard drive,” says Leadbetter. “Now there's absolutely nothing stopping you installing disc two … onto the hard drive too, using the Xbox 360's dashboard to do so. It takes up an additional 7.8GB of storage. However, doing so impacts the game's ability to stream texture data, resulting in regular pop-in of in-game objects and textures.

"So what's the story here? Well, optimal streaming is achieved by making use of all the available bandwidth in the system. Why stream just from the hard drive when you can run in data simultaneously from both the disc and the HDD? Based on what we're seeing on the Xbox 360 version, perhaps running both DVD and HDD assets from just the one source slows down access times, impacting streaming performance. It's not game-breaking stuff, but it does take you out of the moment when it does manifest and for that reason we can't recommend installing the play disc.

"GTA5 isn't available for digital delivery on Xbox Live, but we are curious what the impact – if any – will be on the PS3 version, as that is available as a PSN download…”

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