Sony: PS3 Version of GTA V Can’t Be Pre-Loaded in the US

UPDATE: To clarify, the initial download of GTA V on PSN requires 36 GB of hard drive space. However, after unpacking the game will only occupy 18 GB.

If you’ve pre-ordered the PS3 “Day 1 Digital” version of GTA V through the PlayStation Store, surprise Americans: you can’t pre-load the game’s absolutely MASSIVE 36 gig install download (after unpacking, the game’s actual size is supposedly around 18 GB). You’ll need to wait until 12:01 EST to start the download. If you live in Europe, congratulations, you can pre-load.

Here’s Sony Community Project Manager Morgan Haro clarifying the situation on the PlayStation Blog:

Hey guys,
“From our end, SCEA has never announced anything regarding any pre-loading functionality. This is functionality that has been used at rare times in EU, however there are a number of factors that we need to consider before using it.

The pre-ORDER functionality on the PS Store works the same as it always has. You guys know that GTA V is far from the first title we’ve ever had on pre-order, but unfortunately there was some mis-information out there that stated we can set up pre-loading. We can not at this time.

I do apologize for seeing the misinformation out there which seems to have started just last Friday.The internet can be a funny place and mis-information can spread like wildfire, but I’m afraid that any element of pre-loading as a reason to pre-order has never been pointed to by SCEA, as cool as it would be.

Guys, the game will drop at midnight tonight, and yes it will take a bit o ‘ time to download; but that’s par for the course in the digital space ^__^. You’re going to have a great game in your hands soon, so look forward to the good times that await!”

The “misinformation” he’s referring to must be this, the official Rockstar Twitter claiming the feature would be enabled for US gamers.

Wow, what the hell happened?

To put it mildly, this is not convenient, and a clear sign of how inferior Sony’s “Day 1 Digital” service is in comparison to, say, Steam, where pre-loading is a regular way of life.

Furthermore, note that GTA V can be downloaded at 12 AM EST, not PST like the PlayStation Store currently states. That’s also causing confusion, but it’s also good news–you can start that 36 gig download a few hours earlier.

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12 Comments on Sony: PS3 Version of GTA V Can’t Be Pre-Loaded in the US


On September 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Just as a point of clarification, I think the download is only 18 GB–it just needs an equal amount of space to “unpack” it, for a grand total of 36 GB free space required.


On September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

The game isn’t 36 gigs to install. It is only 17 gigs, but you will need an extra 9 gigs for whatever rockstar might want to add to the game in the future, like dlc.


On September 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

sorry, i meant 19 gigs.


On September 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm



On September 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm

WTF i paid like everyone else. You said 12:01am on Sept 17 so where is it???????????? This is the most ridiculous thing. The most anticipated game, and you cant get it right, COME ON……..


On September 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

@rez Yeah, I know, same thing is happening here.

Mark Burnham

On September 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm

If it helps, same here guys. Trying to figure this out. Some folks are clearly able to download it, seeing them say so on Twitter.

Mark Burnham

On September 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Ah, ok. Here’s how it worked for me.

Go to ‘search,’ search for GTA V. Select it from results. Then you should be able to download.

The GTA V product page linked from the Day 1 Digital section seems broken.


On September 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I was in the process of adding funds to my wallet to buy the Damn game but now it’s not even in the ps store wtf sony.


On September 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Can’t download here, PSN @ 12:33 am CST.


On September 17, 2013 at 1:14 am

I had to use this to download it even after midnight! At least it’s working.


On September 17, 2013 at 5:51 am

@Stephen: Thank you for the YT link. That explains it clearly.