That headline up there? It’s a rhetorical question. I seriously have no idea why Grand Theft Auto V will have a mandatory 8GB install on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Just the notion of a physical copy of a game requiring that much space on my hard drive is blowing my mind right now. I think I need to sit down and take a breather.
Oh, wait, you didn’t know that Grand Theft Auto V is a hard drive hog. Let me enlighten you. If you decide to get a physical copy of this game, presumably so you can actually “own” it or save some space, you’re still going to sacrifice up a good chunk of your HDD. It steals 8GB of space the second you put that disc into your PS3 or Xbox 360. It’s gone. Bye bye!
Rockstar Games hasn’t said exactly why Grand Theft Auto V is sucking up that much space. It has said in the past, however, that this will be their largest game to date and mentioned that an installation is necessary to make the game run at its optimal performance. Still, 8GB? Really?
I’m used to mandatory installs now. I get it. However, I’m expecting them to be around 4GB. Especially for a game I’m going to play consistently, meaning I’m going to want to let it just live on my PS3’s hard drive. But knowing Grand Theft Auto V is going to suck up twice the amount of space I’m normally willing to let a game inhabit has stunned me into submission.
Especially when you consider that this is a Grand Theft Auto game. You don’t just play for a month, finish, then never play again. I usually get at least 4 or 5 months enjoyment out of every Grand Theft Auto game and I expect Grand Theft Auto V will be no different. That isn’t even factoring in the amount of time it will take to even install the game. A 4GB game can sometimes take 5-10 minutes on my older PS3.
I guess that’s the price of greatness though. Think of it as a tithe we’ll all have to pay come September 17, 2013.
Source [Grand Theft Auto V]