Rockstar patches PS3 GTAIV

Update designed to eliminate multiplayer-related freezing issues in Sony edition of record-breaking open-world action game now available for download.

Last week, Take-Two and Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV debuted to much fanfare, both critically and commercially. However, soon after the game's record-breaking launch, word began to circulate that freezing issues were marring the experience for some gamers, with PlayStation 3 users reporting the lion's share of the problems. In subsequent days, Rockstar forwarded all requests for comment on to Sony, and Take-Two offered a laundry list of proposed solutions through its tech-support service.

With Sony saying that all parties involved are working on a fix for the freezing issue, Rockstar has today announced that a patch for GTAIV's multiplayer component on the PS3 is now available for download. According to Rockstar's statement, GTAIV's multiplayer--which sold 3.7 million copies on day one and 6 million for its opening week across the PS3 and Xbox 360--was putting too much of a strain on its strain on its hosting partner's servers.

"Rockstar Games has released a GTA IV patch for Playstation 3 today that prevents Gamespy's servers from being overloaded and therefore reduces the impact on those servers that were causing the game to stutter and lock up," said Rockstar in a statement. "We continue to monitor the performance of the game both on and offline and will provide further updates as necessary. We want to assure everyone that, together with our hardware partners, we continue to strive to give our fans the best possible interactive entertainment experiences possible. This update will ensure that everyone will experience Grand Theft Auto IV the way it was intended. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused."

Rockstar did not elaborate on how, exactly, the patch will influence server load, and the publisher had not responded to requests for comment as of press time. The publisher also had not provided any additional information about attempts to remedy less widespread reports of the 360 edition of GTAIV locking up.

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stinkyfriend
stinkyfriend

Does anyone know how to play games online with satelite? cuz i moved sumwhere where i cant get dsl how do i play my cod4 ONline? help me lol

_EXCON_
_EXCON_

where is the patch>?

stiv1987
stiv1987

Ive not saw anything wrong with the 360 game, it wont need patched!

BigOldMrChris
BigOldMrChris

imtheman4 yes the PS3 is getting the patch first but that was dues to the fact that the problem was more common on the PS3 then it was on the 360

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

imtheman4 HAHAHAHAHA us PS3 owners dont even pay for service and we got the patch first lol xP suck on that 360 owners who have to pay and dont get good service! Well ive been playing GTA4 online since launch and have played with HUNDREDS of people non of which have had this issue (or know anyone that has) some of them wernt even aware there was a problem.

vXnXP
vXnXP

patches, updates... I miss these days when console games had no need of them...

StrangeOddysee
StrangeOddysee

I hope they fix the 360 version soon, I can't play for more than a minute without it freezing, I've never even finished the initial mission.

imtheman4
imtheman4

HAHAHAHAHA us PS3 owners dont even pay for service and we got the patch first lol xP suck on that 360 owners who have to pay and dont get good service!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@BoaMo121: No but I know of some that melted. Find me a 360 owner with that problem.

TheBlackHughHef
TheBlackHughHef

As a PS3/360 owner, I will have to agree 100% with Serious. The only reason my 360 gets any PT is because of GTA and COD4, both of which I only got because XBOX Live is a better service than the PSN right now.Other than that, my PS3 is the do-it-all for my home entertainment system.

Pac_man_640
Pac_man_640

i hope they do a patch to fix the poor connections between online players, evey time i try to join a server it either boots me out right away or boots me out a litle while into it, unless im serving then its all good, i wasnt online b4 this patch came out, but good on the ps3 folk 4 the quik fix

Serious
Serious

No patch for Xbox? Sorry Xbox children but a patch for your system isn't due til this noise about freezing dies down so Microsoft can claim once again that its not as bad as all that. Only a few are complaining and screw them. We only fix immediately if it hurts sales or is on a massive scale. Otherwise we take our freaking time. I.E red ring of death. Strange for a free online gaming system like PS3 has. How quick they fixed the problem. While the pay online service from Xbox Live hasn't even mentioned a patch yet.

zityz
zityz

Now they just need to patch the 360 version from freezing when someone leaves the server, kicking everyone out.

smbius
smbius

huh? My friends and I haven't had any problems with GTA4 freezing on the 360. This includes both multi-player and single-player.

hoax09
hoax09

ive been playing on 360 for the last week and a half ,mainly single player, and i have had my 360 freeze up on me about 10 or more times...... Sometimes i could play fine for 5 hours, and then i get to a certain mission, and i wont be able to get by it because of constant freezing... so i hope they make a 360 patch as well

SyrusKahn
SyrusKahn

i like free online service. that five bucks can go towards a few liters of mtn. dew so i can stay up all night dominating people online.

darkride66
darkride66

Phazevariance said "this is PROOF that xbox live is worth the $5/month for QUALITY and SUPERIOR service. 'Nuff Said, end of story." Um, didn't XBL go down from Christmas till the middle of Jan because it couldn't handle the traffic. And didn't it crash again the day the COD4 map pack came out. And I know there have been a few times when they've had to take the entire system down for "upgrades". My point is both the PS3 and XBL have growing pains. The difference is you have to pay for the XBL growing pains. Not worth it to me considering the only real advantage is better friend management. It's like they're charging you to play 100% of the game you just spent $60 on, vs the PS3 who don't think you should have to pay extra to play 100% of your game as the developers intended it to be played.

jbot666
jbot666

@Phazevariance: Yeah 5$ a month totally makes up for the 3 times I had to ship my 360 back to M$. It's sooo worth it when I didn't even have my console to use XBL lol. In other news, the patch totally works for me- having no problems with online or stuck on start screen haha

menila
menila

Have only had one freeze up when I was online but glad to see they are sorting the problem out. Nowt worse than worrying about a game crashing when you just want to enjoy it.

otanikun
otanikun

They'll never learn they they need to over anticipate these things to prevent these kinds of problems from ever occurring.

BoaMo121
BoaMo121

Phazevariance just because you say Live is better does not make it so. Also find me a guy with a PS3 that had to ship it to Sony to get it fixed twice in one month, good luck with that search.

sbjedi
sbjedi

Good job they acted on it quick cos other wise there would be alot of angry customers

SOL1D_SNAKE
SOL1D_SNAKE

Glad to see there's a patch now. When I get the game on Saturday I have nothing to worry about.

rebelliousdude
rebelliousdude

if problem is 1%, thats still a lot pf people suffering considering how much the games sold. ive heard a lot of 360 owners also report freezing issues.

muscled_arbiter
muscled_arbiter

yeehah! crashed on me 3 times, but glad that the fix is coming sort of pretty fast.

liam2007
liam2007

Hopefully should be working fine now

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@weirdoh: I feel bad for you bro. I have played GTA:IV for countless hours on the 360, it crashed 1-time.

weirdoh
weirdoh

I picked up the 360 version after reading the problems with the PS3 version. It freezes on my 360 all the time, I do that xx lb rb xx before every game, it seems to at least give me an hour worth of play time. There has to be a patch coming out for the 360. Anybody write Rockstar? I haven't even got an automated response back from them. Either they don't give a rat's arse, or they know they've frigged this one up too.

BobbyDigitalPS3
BobbyDigitalPS3

So I should be able to play hen right...Nope not at all thanks for hookin us up

recce5
recce5

blackace: Don't know what 360 issues there were, but I haven't had any lockups. The reason why there's no patch for the 360's version is that problem is probably less then 1%. No need for a patch. g_hart: The deal is just because YOU haven't had any problems doesn't mean that a problem doesn't exist. If you would've sat and thought about it for a second instead of assuming that the world revolved around you, the answer would've probably come in pretty clear. I love using fanboys comment against fanboys!

invictuslemming
invictuslemming

Ah, the sharp, pointy sting of success. Could be worse, haven't had many problems with the game so far, enjoying it immensely. Some things unfortunately are somewhat unpredictable, its good to see they're on the ball and fixing the issues promptly.

g_hart
g_hart

84montecarlo "I've been playing my PS3 copy of GTA4 both on and off line and I've yet to have a problem. whats the deal?" The deal is just because YOU haven't had any problems doesn't mean that a problem doesn't exist. If you would've sat and thought about it for a second instead of assuming that the world revolved around you, the answer would've probably come in pretty clear.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

"was putting too much of a strain on its strain on its hosting partner's servers. " ... this is PROOF that xbox live is worth the $5/month for QUALITY and SUPERIOR service. 'Nuff Said, end of story.

eunao2
eunao2

steve4200 in the ps3 the patch will be automatically loaded before you even start the game. but this only works if you are connected to the internet.

Nervid
Nervid

My 360 version of GTA IV has locked up on numerous occasions in both multiplayer and single player.

steve4200
steve4200

does this fix the problem that some peoples games wont even load? does this only adress the online problems? because i dont know anyone personally but tons of people complained of freezing...just in the main game not even online...and it freezing...so...is this gonna help for the people who cant play the game? and if it is...how can they dl the patch if the game wont load? :S

threedown
threedown

i still cant get on-line with my 360 version... and i have no troubles playing with any of my other games on-line... sucks

blackace
blackace

Don't know what 360 issues there were, but I haven't had any lockups. The reason why there's no patch for the 360's version is that problem is probably less then 1%. No need for a patch.

84montecarlo
84montecarlo

I've been playing my PS3 copy of GTA4 both on and off line and I've yet to have a problem. whats the deal?

84montecarlo
84montecarlo

I've been playing my PS3 copy of GTA4 both on and off line and I've yet to have a problem. wants the deal?

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

I like the fact they can patch. Console games are still LIGHTyears ahead of PC games in terms of shipped quality. And the games are way more complex now than they were even 10 years ago or so. The issue that some people are having with GTA IV freezing up in 1 player mode sounds like a system issue more than a game issue. Hopfully it can be patched. For myself, I am on a 60 GB PS3 and its still not had an issue. Heck by this point with Vice City I think I had at least one lockup :lol: And no matter what Gamespot repeats every chance they get, the issues are not just the PS3, 360s are also having a freeze up issue now and then. Makes you wonder how they would report if the PS3 was the console with a 30-40% failure rate. I would be SCARED to play this game as long as I do if I had a 360.

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

@iwilson1296 How is patching games lame? Every game has bugs, and the more hi-tech these platforms get (whether console or pc), the more bugs. Would you rather go back to hard-wired cartridges, and no chance of a way to fix it? Patches can be used not only to fix bugs, but to add more features, or make the software more streamlined (which the developer didn't have time for before, or maybe new software comes out and they can improve the game). Either way, it's usually better to be able to adapt to the changing world, rather than having a static CD with little to no support for fixes.

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

"was putting too much of a strain on its strain on its hosting partner's servers." Sheeeeaaattt... strain on its strain? That is something I do not want to personally experience.

gameOwl45
gameOwl45

its 2008 and games can still lock up?

Shadow_Child
Shadow_Child

It doesn't matter which console does what to who. If you like the game, then just play it. Screw all this console war nonsense. Just have some fun.

thepunisher2236
thepunisher2236

All I got to say is BETA TEST the games before you launch them. And if you think the game will have record sales then you need to be prepared for that situation.

reic25
reic25

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