GTA 5 crashing older Xbox 360 consoles – report

Monday, 23 September 2013 00:35 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Multiple user reports suggests older Xbox 360 models aren’t coping very well with Grand Theft Auto 5.

A series of forum posts and support requests collated by Kotaku suggests Xbox 360 consoles made or refurbished between 2006 and 2008 aren’t up to the task of running GTA 5, with freezes and crashes occurring after quite short play sessions.

Some users hypothesise that the issue is related to smaller hard drive sizes, but it seems to be affecting those who have replaced their original HDDs with larger ones, too. Users have tried deleting and reinstalling the game, installing just one or both discs, and installing the discs to different locations, but with little success.

Rockstar has not issued a statement to press on the matter, although forum chatter suggests it is aware of the issue and hoping to find a patchable solution.

In the meantime, Xbox Support recommends the following rather occult-sounding installationprocess, which has worked for at least one user:

  1. Delete all GTA 5 game data.
  2. Clear system cache three times.
  3. Delete marketplace data from storage system items.
  4. Unplug console for three minutes.
  5. Install disc 1.
  6. Power off, do not insert disc 2.
  7. Restart.
  8. Install disc 2.
  9. Play.

GTA 5 totted up $1 billion sales in three days, taking the UK’s record for entertainment launches from Call of Duty. Previous record holders include Adele and Harry Potter.