[UPDATE] GTA V PS3 Pre-Loading Delayed To September 16
It has been confirmed that the pre-loading feature on the GTA V PS3 version via PlayStation Network has been delayed until September 16.
Sony had previously said that customers who pre-order through its online store would be allowed to download the game data, which is a whopping 17GB, from September 13. But it has now told gamers on the official PlayStation forum that they will only be able to make this download a day before the game’s official release.
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In case you’re a little confused, pre-loading is where you download the core install data before the game launches, so when it officially releases you can simply fire your game up and play without further waiting. Steam uses this feature, and it’s great because you don’t have to download the game once it unlocks only, delaying your first play session. So for those who love their midnight launches, pre-loading is king.
“I can confirm that GTA V will be available to pre-download on Monday the 16th September,” posted an online support coordinator.
“I will try to find out why the date has changed but its confirmed that the pre-download will be on the 16th.”
As you would expect, a group of forum users were quite upset about it, saying that the pre-loading feature was the main reason for pre-ordering from PlayStation Network.
Other users have also expressed their concern over the potential traffic and network problems that could arise from so many gamers trying to download 17GB of data at the same time. I mean, it’s GTA V, so the traffic will be immense. Of course, for gamers with slow internet connections, like us over here, it may take quite some time before that 17GB download is complete, meaning you’ll have to wait until after launch to play.
Sony has not yet confirmed whether it will allow customers to cancel pre-orders and offer refunds, but personally I think that’s a little unlikely.
Uncool Sony, uncool. Although I’m not entirely clued up on who ensures that the pre-loading is all up to scratch. Is it Rockstar or Sony?
Just to clarify, the pre-load date is September 15 for Europe and September 16 for North America.