Grand Theft Auto 5 turns 8 this year. All this time, the game is only expanding more, both thanks to the developers adding new additions for the online version, and thanks to the fans of the craftsmen who improve the experience of GTA with the help of modifications. The company's sales are not falling, and users still have interest in the 5th part of the series.
Since 2013, the power of personal computers and consoles has increased, but the problems with optimization remain the same. Rockstar Games still overlook the fact that GTA Online can take up to 10 minutes or more to download, although the single player version takes 2-3 minutes to launch. Gamer T0ST tried to figure out the reasons for the slow download and published a detailed post on Reddit.
According to the results of a poll on the forum, it turned out that 81% of respondents have problems with downloading (a total of 271 users took part in the survey).
During the investigation, it turned out that GTA 5 spends no more than a minute on loading the general resources of the game, after which it begins to load the CPU core. An attentive player has noticed that the problem lies in bad code. In the game directory, a 10Mb file was found filled with an assortment of game items catalog. Before starting the game, the game checks the directory cache - further the problem is aggravated by checking this file for uniqueness.
T0ST corrected the situation by reducing the check of 63 thousand catalog names, to one - GTA Online launched in 2 minutes, without unnecessary delays.
Redditer wrote an appeal to Rockstar with a request to work on the error - according to him, it will take no more than an hour and a half of work to fix the problem, only one person. In his blog, he described in detail the solution to the problem of speeding up the download, so the gaming company is unlikely to have to spend a lot of effort, time and money on this.
Players do not lose hope that Take-Two will pay attention and take action (or another trial can be expected).