There have been scattered reports that copies of Grand Theft Auto V download to the Playstation 3 via the PSN store suffered from various issues since the game's release Tuesday. A report today from the technical experts at Digital Foundry confirms that those picking up the game might want to consider the physical disk version instead.
The PS digital download version of GTA V suffers from various performance and "pop-in" issues that are similar to the warning Rockstar Games issued about installing both disks of the Xbox 360 version to that console's hard drive.
"The opening montage across Los Santos' beaches reveals some glaring issues. Cutting rapidly across several areas, the digital version has ground textures popping in half a second late – plus delays in the drawing of shadow maps and objects like grass," Thomas Morgan of Digital Foundry wrote. "For the disc release, these issues don't manifest to nearly the same extent, with the odd delay in rendering a plant or chair being the worst we see during several retrials.
"Within five minutes of freely coasting around Los Santos' busier Downtown streets there are major instances of geometry bursting into view and textures taking too long to fully resolve. In one case we see an entire skyscraper fizzle in and out of sight, while buildings to either side struggle to update their textures. Our many hours of disc-based testing produced nothing like this."
Morgan also noted that older model Playstation 3's seemed to suffer these performance issue worse than newer models due to the hard drives installed in system.
It appears that the massive size and contents of the Grand Theft Auto V game world is too much for the bandwidth available on the hard drive alone. It needs the bandwidth available from both the Blu-ray/DVD drive and the hard drive for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
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