Rockstar Games announced today that Grand Theft Auto V will require a mandatory 8GB memory installation on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For console owners with plenty of internal hard drive space, it shouldn’t be an issue. For gamers with an Xbox 360 Arcade unit and/or a small hard drive, it presents a problem.
A problem thankfully solve-able by the purchase of a size-able USB memory stick, but a problem no less.
The news, first caught by Eurogamer, was clarified in a recent Q&A on Rockstar’s website regarding GTA V. The piece states that if you’re going to use a USB memory stick to store GTA V’s required data, “it must be at least USB 2.0 with a minimum 15mb/s read speed and formatted for Xbox 360 use.”
Rockstar recommends that you pick up a new flash drive and let your Xbox format it for you before popping GTA V in, we recommend that you get a flash drive of at least 10GB in size, or perhaps even a portable hard drive (if you have one lying around). Remember, an 8GB flash drive doesn’t have necessarily have 8GB of free space (roughly 7.6GB is actually accessible, due to system file allocation), so always round up when buying memory.
Grand Theft Auto V will arrive later this year (September 17), and in two disc-based forms that differ between console versions. The Xbox 360 version is on two DVDs (the first used to install the game, the second used to actually play the game), while the PS3 version is contained on a single Blu-Ray, as is now tradition.
Also, while you’re here still here for some reason, we’ve got some more sweet GTA V news for you in video form. Enjoy today’s Inside Gaming Daily.