When Grand Theft Auto V comes to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next month, expect a bit of a wait ahead of you as the game installs. Some may already have experience with this if you bought the game for the last generation of consoles, but experience probably doesn’t make the download/install times any more bearable.
As spotted on the European PS Store by the GTA Forums, Grand Theft Auto V requires a minimum of 50GB of hard drive space, placing it as one of the largest games to be released on the PS4. Now, supposing you haven’t downloaded every PS Plus game and installed a ton of content, that 50GB shouldn’t be too hard to find. As noted by VG247, GTAV’s file size is similar to The Last of Us: Remastered, which didn’t actually use all that space either (but was still in the 40+ GB range), so players may have some wiggle room.
If that files size is still a concern, players will have the opportunity to download the game early. As of yesterday (October 7), the digital version of GTAV on PS4 is available to pre-order and it conveniently supports automatic pre-loading, meaning launch day simply brings an unlock. Those that decide to pre-order will receive $1,000,000 of in-game cash split between the single-player and Grand Theft Auto Online. Should you pre-order the digital version from PSN before November 3, 2014, an additional $300,000 will make its way to your account.
The European listing for GTAV also revealed another interesting fact: the game supports the PlayStation Move controller. Why? No idea, as the listing doesn’t explain what this particular feature will be used for, but we could speculate that players will be able to play in-game sports like golf and tennis using the motion controller. This feature, however, comes with the caveat that people actually own Move controllers (you may recall that Sony’s foray into motion controls didn’t take off like the Wii). Still, it will be interesting to see if Rockstar discusses this implementation or if people care enough to try it out.
Grand Theft Auto V is certain to do big business with this re-release or, at the very least, give previous players a good reason to dump a ton of time into the game all over again. Fortunately, players can transfer their Xbox 360 and PS3 saves to the newer versions, so it’ll almost be like you never stopped playing.
Grand Theft Auto V releases on November 18, 2014 for the Xbox One and PS4; PC in January 2015.