What GTA 5 Xbox Players Need To Start Playing Right Away

The GTA 5 release date is days away and Xbox 360 owners who haven’t read the fine print should take note of a special restriction that has the potential to get in the way of playing the game on Tuesday September 17th.

The GTA 5 map is huge, and the world incredibly complex. So much so that the Xbox 360 version of GTA 5 will ship on two discs and require a sizable install on the Xbox 360 hard drive.

Users who own an Xbox 360 with a small hard drive, or the Xbox 360 4GB version will need to take action right now to make sure they don’t end up staring at a useless disk on the GTA 5 release.

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It's a good idea to order a flash drive to get ready for GTA 5 on the Xbox 360.

It’s a good idea to order a flash drive to get ready for GTA 5 on the Xbox 360.


Rockstar confirmed earlier this year that the Xbox 360 GTA 5 game will require an 8GB install on the Xbox 360 hard drive. For users with a 20GB hard drive or the 4GB Xbox, this is a problem, and users who buy a lot of games on the Xbox 360 may also be out of space even on a larger hard drive.

Thankfully there is a simple and affordable fix, but users should take the time to order it today, rather than running around on game day.

If you have a large enough hard drive, the cheapest thing to do is delete any old demos and DLC to make sure there is at least 8GB of storage space on the Xbox 360 hard drive.

If that is not possible, you don’t need to buy a new Xbox 360 hard drive. You will need to buy a USB flash drive to plug into the Xbox 360 and install the GTA 5 game to.

According to Rockstar gamers need a 16GB or larger flash drive, USB 2.0 rated for 15mb/s read speeds. While you could use an old USB drive you have sitting around, Rockstar recommends buying a brand new USB drive to use with GTA 5 on the Xbox 360 for, “optimum performance.”

There are many USB drives on Amazon that fit this bill. Users claim this small SanDisk USB drive delivers read speeds of 16.5mb/s and it is only $12 with prime shipping available. Here’s another slightly larger option rates at read speeds of up to 85mb/s for just $15.

The PS3 version of GTA 5 will also require an 8GB install, but thanks to larger hard drives most users won’t have an issue. That said, it’s a good idea to double-check your available storage before Tuesday.


The Xbox 360 GTA 5 version comes on two disks, but one is just an install disk, so don’t plan on splitting a copy of the game with a friend.