The downloadable PlayStation 3 version of Grand Theft Auto 5 suffers from significant performance issues, a video comparison has revealed.

Digital Foundry's video compares the digital PS3 version with the retail Blu-ray version, revealing that the digital version suffers from noticeable pop-in caused by issues with the game's streaming.

The problem appears similar to that found in the Xbox 360 version when both discs are installed to the console's hard drive.

"At this point in time we cannot recommend the digital download version of Grand Theft Auto 5, as it introduces streaming/pop-in issues that are simply not an issue in the retail disc version of the game," Digital Foundry says.

"While the issue isn't ever-present, this shot selection demonstrates some of the problems. In all cases, we find that the retail disc game offers the superior GTA5 experience."

The revelation will come as a major blow to those who have picked up the digital version of GTA 5 – particularly considering the ongoing issues experienced by some attempting to download the game.

Rockstar warned Xbox 360 players not to install GTA 5's play disc earlier this week, which was later discovered to cause streaming issues in the game. Xbox 360 players are able to install the play disc to a USB flash drive, however, to prevent such issues.


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Clockpunk's Avatar


Ah, I though you were comparing full install to full install (... to full install...!)
Posted 21:02 on 28 September 2013


If you install to a separate memory stick there isn't an issue with the disc based version, but if you don't there is. The issue still exists unless you use a flash drive. I don't see a problem with what I wrote?

It's been noted that the 360 disc issue suffers more than the PSN download version, neither is really as good as it should be. But, yes, the 360 version is easier to resolve (or, at least, just cheaper) and, as I pointed out earlier, it's really only because it's reading from the DVD and HDD at the same time. The HDD seems to be the thing causing the issue, as it is with the PSN version.

I wasn't having a go at one version or another.

The improvement of the PS3 PSN version is actually a similar solution to the 360 one, you use a faster or newer hard drive. Since many PS3 owners have already swapped their HDD out for a new one they shouldn't see the issue.

My copy of GTA V is on the 360 for the record.

And here we go with the TDs again, I really think they need to go.
Posted 20:08 on 28 September 2013
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Clockpunk@ pblive

What issues on 360, pb? Load of nonsense, if you install to sep. memory stick.

Sorry Dave, didn't see your question above! Not that it probably matters now a week later, but absolutely - quiet disc drive, faster loading, and next to no pop-in. I just plugged it in the USB slot at the back, so you don't even see its there!
Posted 19:51 on 28 September 2013
AK47's Avatar


I had the same problem the first days...and then I erased some of the games I had from the ps plus...right now I have 50gb of free space...and I haven't had any more problems...give it a try...and let me know =D
Posted 14:30 on 28 September 2013

pblive@ Clockpunk

The 360 issue is because it's reading from the DVD and HDD at the same time. The PS3 issue is ONLY for the full download title, those with a faster 7200rpm internal hard drive will find it better. It's also not half as bad as the issues on 360, according to many forums, just the odd pop-in here and there.

The disc based PS3 version has no problems at all.
Posted 08:23 on 20 September 2013
Gamer97's Avatar


Just show's that xbox 360 is much, much better then ps3
Posted 05:21 on 20 September 2013
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VG_Dave@ Clockpunk

Have you tried a USB install yourself, Clockpunk? Does it improve performance beyond the standard disc streaming? I'm tempted to try it provided I can find a decent USB.
Posted 16:15 on 19 September 2013
Clockpunk's Avatar


Shame those purchasers can't even install to a separate flash drive - a la the 360 install - which *really* improves streaming speed.
Posted 15:33 on 19 September 2013
CCastiel's Avatar


I was going to buy the digital version until I seen the £50 price tag.
Posted 15:19 on 19 September 2013
Ghost_Dog's Avatar


Serves people right for paying £50 for a download.
Posted 15:17 on 19 September 2013

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