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:
“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.
Those who've pre-ordered #GTAV on PSN will be able to preload the game as follows: Sunday 3pm BST in Europe; Monday 3am EST in the US
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 13, 2013
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.
@Wario64 confirmed GTA V will be on the PS Store tonight, midnight, EST.
— Morgan Haro (@MorganHaro) September 16, 2013