Older Xbox 360 Models Reporting Issues and System Crashes with Grand Theft Auto V

on September 23, 2013 7:35 AM

Grand Theft Auto V has been killing it at retail with its $1 billion dollar take last week during its first several days at launch, but unfortunately it looks like Rockstar’s newest masterpiece may also be “killing it” elsewhere…and not in the good way.

GTA Forums has begun a thread were many players have reported issues with Grand Theft Auto V when played on an older Xbox 360 console (typically it seems consoles that were produced or refurbished between 2005 – 2008), leading to game crashes and other various issues with their systems. As GTA V requires a mandatory 8GB install of the first game disc, memory could easily be a problem – typically, many of the original Xbox 360 models started with a 20GB hard drive, not exactly leaving much room for installing GTA V.

However, users on the forum have mentioned that even after installing the game on a newer and larger capacity hard drive for their old console, they are still experiencing issues with the game locking up during missions early on. Even with some of the remedies previously reported on (such as installing each disc to separate storage devices – the hard drive and a USB drive), the game is experiencing crashing and freezes after a short duration of play.

While no response from Rockstar was officially revealed (yet) in the forum, a fix from Xbox Live Support was posted that seems to have some effect (at least until Rockstar has a fix, or maybe even a patch), even if it may only be short-term:

1. Delete all GTAV game data.

2. Clear system cache three times.

3. Delete marketplace data from storage system items.

4. Unplug console for three minutes.

5. Install disc 1.

6. Power off, do not insert disc 2.

7. Restart.

8. Install disc 2.

9. Play.

Older Xbox 360-owning Grand Theft Auto V players, how have your consoles been holding up?

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Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.