With less than 24 hours to go before gamers around the world get their hands on the highly anticipated "Grand Theft Auto V," developer Rockstar Games has warned Xbox 360 owners not to install the "play" disc that comes in the two-disc package.
Eurogamer first reported the news Monday morning, advising gamers to avoid installing the second disc. Rockstar tweeted the advisement, and Eurogamer's Digital Foundry followed up with the reasoning behind the request.
""When you first get the game, the first order of business is installing the mandatory content from disc one -- this accounts for 7.7 GB of data to install on your hard drive," said Digital Foundry chief Richard Leadbetter. "Now, there's absolutely nothing stopping you installing disc two -- the 'play' disc -- onto the hard drive too, using the Xbox 360's dashboard to do so. It takes up an additional 7.8GB of storage. However, doing so impacts the game's ability to stream texture data, resulting in regular pop-in of in-game objects and textures."
In a comparison video accompanying the report, massive pop-in can be seen while playing with the second disc installed. Leadbetter went on to say the reasoning for this technical hiccup is found in the way Rockstar designed the game. The first disc in the package is used to install the majority of the game's data to the hard drive, a feature that wasn't available when "GTA IV" came out. When players use the "play disc," most of that data is streamed from the installed files. Installing even more files will bottleneck the bandwidth, resulting in massive technical issues.
As the Playstation 3 version comes on one blu ray disc, there is no need for any additional installation.