Rockstar Detail Character Switching In Grand Theft Auto V, Mandatory Installs

By Ishaan . July 2, 2013 . 11:50am

In a Q&A on their official website, Rockstar have answered questions about Grand Theft Auto V, and how various aspects of the game will work, such as switching between the game’s three playable characters, game installation and more. Check the Q&A out here.


On how switching characters works:


Michael, Franklin and Trevor have their own separate lives with their own sets of friends and acquaintances, and even their own preferred ways of spending their free time. When you’re not on a mission, you can freely switch in real-time to any of the three characters to drop in and out of their lives letting you see what they’re up to. And because they have their own schedules, you’ll never know what they might be doing – you might drop in on Michael in the middle of a family dispute, interrupt Franklin chatting up some ladies, or Trevor on the run from the law – or whatever else these guys do in their free time… How and when you switch between characters when you’re not on a mission is completely up to you.


In addition, each of the guys has their own missions and side jobs. There will be times on a mission when you play as one character, or as combinations of two of them, and sometimes as all three, always being able to switch between the characters mid-action.  Off mission, it’s up to you. You can play as one character on his own or hang out with either of the other two or both of them, or you can switch between any of them.


On GTAV multiplayer:


Expect to hear some first details soon – it’s called Grand Theft Auto Online and we’re very excited to unveil it for you sometime this summer.


On mandatory installation and playing the game:


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.


Grand Theft Auto V will be released on September 17th worldwide for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


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  • Curan_Altea

    That data install is huge, but it’s a big open world game, so I can deal with it.
    I wasn’t interested in this game when it was announced but… I’m starting to gain interest in it. Rocktsar games are generally hit or miss imo.

    • ElAbuelo69

      Hardly the case with GTA.

      I mean, you at least have an idea of what to expect. That can be either good or bad, depending on what you’re looking for.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    The long waiting …

  • DarthSithZero

    The Xbox Installation sounds like a mess, I’m glad i’m getting this for PC primary or PS3 as a second choice

    • BizarreJelly

      A mess how exactly? It has an install DVD and one you play off of, what’s messy about that? They’ve it before with game of the year editions with a DLC DVD to install content.

      • mirumu

        There’s a number of versions of the 360 that only came with 4GB (Arcade, 360 S, and the new 360 E) so if they want to play GTA V they will have to buy some extra storage at least.

    • Aoshi00

      Um.. both systems need an 8Gb install and play off a disc. The only difference is the 360 plays off the 2nd disc, and that it has additional “option” to install on an external flash drive provided it’s fast enough, if one does not want to hog HDD space.

  • Hopefully the multiplayer is as goods as RDR.

  • Nitraion

    Hmm 8GB install remind me of MGS 4… although MGS 4 has more….

    • Aoshi00

      I still haven’t replayed MGS4 after the trophy patch.. so there’s no long loading btwn chapters after the HDD install right? Yeah, it was pretty big like over 10Gb I think, I was expecting over 20Gb :).. I want to go thru MGS4 again before playing Rising which is on backlog..

  • The whole GTAO idea reminds me of MGS4 and MGO. Hopefully this’ll be fun, although with the already fun GTA formula, it’ll be hard to screw up “even more chaos with friends”..

  • Tonton Ramos

    Oh help me lord! just please let me play this game…

  • Kai2591

    GTA: The Sims.

    haha I imagine myself switching to another character if things go way out of hand and let the AI fend for itself lol

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