GT5 loading times halved with SSD installation, says Phil

Monday, 13th December 2010 12:40 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Some plucky chap called “Phil,” posting on the Beyond3D forums, has claimed that GT5′s infamous loading times can be cut in half by playing the game off a solid state drive.

Phil tried various loads with a normal drive compared to an SSD, and found that in many cases the wait to play was chopped by 50 percent.


Testing by the GTPlanet chaps has seemingly corroborated the findings, and has found that an SSD cuts down the 42-minute install to 25 minutes.

Smoother performance in the menu system is claimed as well – which would make sense since so much data is cached to the drive.

There’s tons more on Digital Foundry.



  1. Psychotext

    Looking at that, it seems that the load times on my old phatty PS3 aren’t too much worse than the slim. Somewhere in the order or 5 or so seconds more on each track.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. a7md1990


    #2 4 years ago
  3. KrazyKraut

    but is the price for this luxury worth?^^

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    Not trying to troll, really, but that is just insane. Those load times with or without a Slim are too long. Its funny to me, because we have been calling PS3 scince launch the SlowStation3 around my house. But to be fair I don’t know how long load times are on say Forza, and the F1 game I rented from gamefly for the xb360 also has bad load times here and there.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. abbe

    Herp derp, this just in: Having stuff on an SSD makes them load faster.

    No shit. :)

    Since I got my SSD drive I’ve pretty much halved the loading of everything. Quite pleased with the results, the price was hefty but I felt that I had money to spend.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Kuwabara

    theres a better solution, just install the game to the hard drive!!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gadzooks!


    Forza can take a long time to load tracks too, and also required an install. I guess the nature of these games means many small files for cars and scenery elements, resulting in lots of seek time.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    “theres a better solution, just install the game to the hard drive!!”

    Those are the installed load times. Without installation the game takes well over a minute to load some tracks.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. OlderGamer


    Well maybe faster load times is one of the things that could be worked on for next gen.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. The_Red

    That’s not a solution. That’s a mandatory thing that devs forgot to enforce because without installation, even some menu buttons have loading / installing wait.

    GT5 is simply unplayable without install.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. pukem0n

    i just loaded the Nurburgring on Forza and counted without a stop watch and it was about 25 secs

    gonna get a stopwatch now ^^

    edit: stopwatch says 25.8 seconds :>

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    Yeah I’ve not really been bothered by the load times. Yes they are reasonable, but not something other similar games also don’t suffer from. Switching between menus is a bit more of a pain than the track load times.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    Load times is a huge peeve of mine.

    I haven’t spent a lot of hours with a PS3, but I did try out Fight Night Round 4 which was packed full of loading screens, and that was completely unbearable.

    Looking at static images shouldn’t be a part of gaming.

    Fair enough if you make a game with so much data and visual garnish that you need to take your time, but why use a static image? You could show two boxers with a ring slowly materializing around them, or a car driving around a track doing warmup laps while the circuit is coming together around them.

    Dead air is completely unforgiveable in radio, concerts, tv and movies – What is it still doing in games?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. SlayerGT

    GT5′s menu music make it painless for me =) Only complaint I have with GT is not being able to re-run the same race without having to go all the way out to the race select screen and reload the track.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. The_Red

    @ 14 / SlayerGT
    You’re kidding. Right? GT5′s menu music was on par with a mediocre porno’s soundtrack at best IMO.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. SlayerGT

    I take it you are not a fan of any earlier GT’s?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. The_Red

    I liked original GT and GT3 but yeah, not a big fan :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. SlayerGT

    It’s the game I live for. And GT wouldn’t be GT without the japanese lounge music =)

    #18 4 years ago
  19. spiderLAW

    GT5 FTW the rest can GTFO

    #19 4 years ago
  20. jacobvandy

    SSDs being awesome is not news… Though I suppose some console-centric people had no idea they existed. The only thing is a decent one would cost as much as a PS3 itself.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. robmlufc

    What do you expect when you use an SSD? My PC boots in seconds, its not rocket science. I wouldnt splash out on one for a PS3 yet with the prices as they are

    #21 4 years ago
  22. undeadwolfy

    Captain Falcon: “YES!”

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Kuwabara

    but it only takes roughly 20 seconds for a track to load on my ps3 slim…

    #23 4 years ago
  24. theevilaires

    ^ same here. I started GT5 on my original 60gb then on my slim when I bought another copy (the CE ver). I have ran both side by side and it takes about 9 to 15 seconds to start racing on either system. If that bothers you then you have no right to play this game. And yes both ver were installed on 500GB HDDs 5400 rpm made by samsung and the other Western Digital.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    “I have ran both side by side and it takes about 9 to 15 seconds to start racing on either system.”

    I thought you were putting together a video to show your load times? Because you seem to be the only person in the world getting load times that quick. Even the SSD times above don’t come close. The only time where it theoretically could be is during a championship, where it seems to pre-load some of the next race when you’re on the results screen.

    I’ve been writing mine down (when I remember) while I play…

    Autumn Ring Mini: 48 seconds
    Circuit De La Sarthe (2009): 48 seconds
    Deep Forest: 44 seconds
    Grand Valley: 40 seconds
    High Speed Ring: 44 seconds
    Indy: 48 seconds
    Monza: 47 seconds
    Nordschleife: 50 seconds
    Rome: 48 seconds
    SSR5: 48 seconds
    Suzuka: 42 seconds
    Tsukuba: 48 seconds

    #25 4 years ago
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