Technical Problems Plague GTA 5 Digital Download on PSN

Earlier today, we reported on a bit of tough news for US gamers who purchased GTA V on PSN–unlike EU gamers, you can’t (or couldn’t now…) pre-load the game. Instead, you’d need to wait until 12:01 AM EST to start the game’s 18 GB download. Not convenient.

However, when 9:01 PM PST rolled around, it appeared the “Download” button on GTA V had vanished from the PlayStation Store. Gamers took to Twitter to vent their rage and seek solutions. I was trying to get it working for about 45 minutes there myself.

This one had me laughing.

At one point, selecting GTA V from the Day 1 Digital section lead me to this sad looking image, over and over (apologies for the low quality).

Shut up, how do I fix it so I can start the download and go to bed?

After digging around, what seemed to fix it for me was searching for “Grand Theft Auto V” in the PlayStation Store and selecting it from search results, rather than selecting it from the Day 1 Digital section. Try that, and hopefully you hit the GTA V product page that has a download button.

Mine is downloading now, and only about 250 minutes left to go…Well, I mean, ok–the digital future we’ve been hearing about, maybe we haven’t quite arrived there yet. There are things called servers, and when they get busy stuff goes slow. It isn’t really surprising, is it?

We’ve reached out to Sony for comment on these issues, and will update with more as we have it. And while you’re waiting for it to download, you can come watch us livestream the game at 12AM PST on our Twitch channel.

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6 Comments on Technical Problems Plague GTA 5 Digital Download on PSN

lol

On September 17, 2013 at 4:36 am

Who cares? It’s a game for children anyway. Besides, they can always just patch it afterwards since everyone who plays games has stable internet connection. If you’re too lazy and entitled to install a fix then you should be outside playing with dog turds.

a

On September 17, 2013 at 9:14 am

Because when you pay $60 for a game, you expect it to work perfectly, GTA is not a game for kids anyway. You’re an idiot if you let your child play GTA. Also, I’m not waiting for a fix to play my game it should be ready the day it releases, they’ve had all this time to perfect it.

Mark Burnham

On September 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

@lol Rock solid logic, especially the “it’s a game for children” part.

Ashlea

On September 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

Yes, I would allow my children to play on GTA 5… Prostitutes and gun crime is exactly what they should be playing with. Or not. Anyway, I’m in the UK and I still can’t download it… Would appear that my download doesn’t move past 50%! Will be phoning Sony and asking for a refund.

grog

On September 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm

“Because when you pay $60 for a game, you expect it to work perfectly” – $85 for Ukraine PS Store

André

On September 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

” “Because when you pay $60 for a game, you expect it to work perfectly” – $85 for Ukraine PS Store”
US$92 in Brazil (R$200)