Gran Turismo 5 Offers Flying start Install of Data

Posted on Nov 21 2010 - 2:36pm by Richard Sharp

The Playstation 3 is due to get another sales boost this week with the arrival of the long awaited Gran Turismo 5 Racing simulator, in the past large games like GT5 has required users to install data on their PS3 hard drive to limit loading times when progressing through the game – GT5 is no different. In fact reports suggest that the initial loading time could be 40 minutes long should users choose to do it in one lump.

However, if users prefer they can postpone the 6.4 GB install and opt to trickle in data as and when it is required throughout the game. This was first seen in Metal Gear Solid 4 and proved to be popular amongst the Sony community who have often despaired at the need to keep large amounts of data on their hard drives, especially when Blu Ray can hold so much data.

Sony said “If users choose not to install the data straight away it will do it in stages as news areas, tracks, etc. are accessed during normal game play.”

Gran Turismo 5 is set to hit UK stores on 24th November 2010 and will surely be one of the most popular games of the year.

If you’re planning to buy the game will you choose to install the data at the start or get a flying start and just update as the game progresses?

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17 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Oliver Smith November 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I will download it all straight away I have about 70GB left on my PS3 so losing 6 more wont hurt, I think it will be more enjoyable without downloading all the time.

  2. Alex November 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    i have patiently waited years for this game, i think i can wait 40 more minutes because in the long term it will be more beneficial than a pain in the ass

  3. Nathen November 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Whats 6GB.. Nothing lol its obviously going to be better if you install the whole game completely rather than installing at stages which is just pointless?.. Me i'd sooner install Every data thats needed.

  4. Dean November 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Hmm… 5 years… 40min… to reduce load times, no brainer, its all getting done at once, oh yeah, you guys are going down..ha ha just kiddin.

  5. James November 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Haha, i will install it right away since I got a new PS3 for this game so that's ~ 230GB free!! 😀

  6. GT5 November 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    I agree Alex,

    we have waited a long time for this release so another week is no problem IF GT5 rocks!

  7. darrell November 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    40 min no prob, that gives me 40 min to read the book and learn how whoop up on y'all. LOL

  8. darrell November 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    nov 21 11:14am

  9. Olaf November 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I only have a 40gb PS3, but the only reason I have it is for GT5! Of course I'll let it all install at once. Will give me time to go on facebook and scream "OMG I HAVE GT5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  10. Weefer November 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I will download it all straight away as I have approximately 440gb left on my hard-drive after installing a 500gb HD to my original 60gb PS3. you only have to wait 40 mins so have a shower make a sandwich stick the kettle and get yourself psyched up for long gaming session

  11. BuyGT5 November 22, 2010 at 12:59 am - Reply

    I cannot wait to play GT5. What is the problem waiting 50minutes after waiting for 5years?

  12. Road Warrior November 22, 2010 at 2:46 am - Reply

    I've waited for at least three years for this game and I barely havn't raced a car in a video game yet. Ooooohhh man I can't wait an extra forty minutes ain't all that bad to wait and load it properly. I'l load up the game brew some strong coffee, call a few friends and as soon as you know it I'll be racing all night with my buddies 'cause I'm throwing a GT5 release party. Yabadadoooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. John G November 22, 2010 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Sure why not? I primarily play Xbox 360 and im used to installing games anyways. With a game like GT5 a good, quality game is hard to come by and i dont like spoiling my first play through with a bunch of loading screens. This will be my first GT game and only my 4th PS3 game. I cannot wait! See you all online. I need a break from Black Ops.

  14. Simon November 22, 2010 at 3:44 am - Reply

    So long as you know how to use a screwdriver it couldn't be simpler to put a new hard drive in your ps3, and keep the warranty intact.

    Just upgrade to 500gb or something!

  15. Granturismo5 November 22, 2010 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Haha Road warrior, you are not alone! Gran Turismo 5 will be played till morning for sure!! 2 days to go…..

  16. Benbaggies December 29, 2010 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I got GT 5 as an Xmas pressant, the gameplay is fine and the quality is great. However, everytime I try and install the data it freezes my ps3 I sat and waited for te best part of an hour and the timer remained in 5 minutes. Anyone know whats going on?

  17. Genos December 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    He Benbaggies,

    I do not have this but I have read this. Maybe it will help you with this GT5 Problem

    if you install Gran Turismo 5 on your PS3?s hard drive you’ll speed up loading times. Additional fact: if you install Gran Turismo 5 on your PS3?s solid state drive (SSD) you’ll speed up loading times considerably. And yes, you can even try this at home—maybe!

    The only way you’re able to install an SSD into your PS3 is if you have an old school “fat” PS3. A user on the Beyond3d forums stuck a Corsair F120 in there, and saw his Gran Turismo 5 load times plummet, sometimes by as much a 50 percent. That’s nothing to sneeze at, particularly if you’re not keen on waiting upwards of 30 seconds for the Nürburgring to load.

    That’s what the chart is up there for, yes.

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