Rockstar Tells Xbox 360 Owners Not to Install GTA V's "Play" Disc to HD

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Xbox 360 version of GTA V comes on two discs, one that's a one-time 8GB data install to the hard drive, plus a second one designed to sit in the console's disc tray. Don't install this second one, is Rockstar's advice, else your game might suffer.

"For optimal performance, we recommend not installing the play disc," the developer said on Twitter, although it's not gone so far as to actually say why this is the case.

According to technical people, the advice is valid and definitely worth following. Using the disc and HD combo means the Xbox 360 is able to read data from the two sources -- install the play disc to the HD as well and the machine will be forced to read both streams from the hard drive when required. Which will make things crunch up a bit.

It's a bit of a shame, as the option to fully install games to HD and lose the whirring disc noise accompaniment is one of the best things that ever happened to Xbox 360.

Meanwhile, the Rockstar Support Twitter page is pretty busy fielding complaints from users unable to get the game to install properly on both PS3 and Xbox 360, and reporting freezes while playing. Given its sold a trillion copies, it's hardly surprising a few are duff. Anyone here had any issues getting it running? [CVG]