Some GTA 5 Players on PS3 Will Have to Upgrade Their System to Keep Playing

You may need to install a new hard drive on your PS3 if you plan on downloading future GTA V updates required for GTA Online.

Small hard drives in game consoles are largely a thing of the past; while storage remains a concern--I know my Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been threatening to run out of space for months--it's rare for a single game to be too big for a console's hard drive. Unfortunately, that is soon to be the case for Grand Theft Auto V players on a certain model of PS3, forcing those people to upgrade their system in order to continue playing online.

A recent post on Rockstar's support website (via VideoGamer) informs owners of the 12GB PS3 model that they will soon need to purchase a storage upgrade if they want to be able to play Grand Theft Auto Online. That's because, following the 1.16 patch released on August 19 (the flight school update), the system will no longer have enough space to store future updates and content, which must be installed to play GTA V's online multiplayer mode.

Being limited to the 12GB of internal flash storage won't prevent the single-player mode from being playable, but it will mean you'll be unable to take advantage of any new features or changes introduced in future updates. It also means you'll be missing out on the single-player story DLC we know is coming, as well as the online heists that will be added. Eventually.

Given the size of the hard drive, you could be forgiven for thinking the 12GB PS3 was available at launch in 2006. (The launch models carried 20GB and 60GB hard drives, actually.) In fact, it first debuted in Europe in 2012, before then being released in North America last year. The model is positioned as being ideal for streaming content and playing disc-based games, though, at least in this case, that's not proving to be the case.

Swapping out the hard drive in the super-slim model of PS3 (of which the 12GB is one) is a fairly simply process. You can follow our guide for doing so here, or you can check out Sony's official instructions here.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
For all of GameSpot's news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Written By

Twitter/Xbox Live/PSN/Nintendo Network: TheSmokingManX

Want the latest news about Grand Theft Auto V?

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

Follow

Discussion

266 comments
Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

I just want a simple option to turn off the kill effect and the x markers so I can play the campaign without ugly distractions during shootouts. Seeing constant strobe flashing during kills, just pisses all over the whole experience. 

lordmatro
lordmatro

And we are not talking about the xbox 360 4 gb... Of course the price of these consoles was intersting, the content was not!!!

the22for4
the22for4

Lolz. what a post hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

maxain
maxain

i can only say pc gaming master race

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

And what if I'm a poor "Xbox 360 CORE" (remember those!!?) owner with a 256mb memory card??? Am I screwed too? 

andy72184
andy72184

you all slaves see it yet?  see how corrupt and milked our tech is compare to the elites.  

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Also, GTA 5 players on PC will need to downgrade their brain to enjoy it.  Which way to the tr0ll convention?

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

F*** HDD issues.  People still have probs with data caps put in by their ISPs.


mrpelicanpants
mrpelicanpants

Why is this even an article?? Slow day around the office...

Asm92784
Asm92784

I have an older Fat PS3, it came with 160 GB drive, but I upgraded it to 1TB quite some time ago because I had filled the thing up. I dont know how anyone could make do with only 12 GB of space.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

Hmm. The manager at a GameStop told me that the hard drive was not interchangeable on the 12GB model. I never trusted that store.

VoidSECT
VoidSECT

I fell for the click bait...dammit

daviz88
daviz88

title of this article lacks accuracy 

grimey82
grimey82

Don't care about this hard drive issue blame yourself for waiting so long to by a PS3 and then get the 12gb version!!!? WTF! The game itself is bigger than that to DL, anyway I just wanted to comment on the SP DLC, why haven't these guys figured out a way to make it so we can do co-op missions in game yet? That would be sick if it was implemented, like I could be Franklin or Michael while someone else was Trevor or we could switch characters on the fly if someone was using a certain dude then who ever is not being used at the time I could be them? so many options. Not to go off topic though we need that DLC soon I've gotten so bored with this game I need something else to do.

maitkarro
maitkarro

The 12GB is the best version to buy anyways, because all the HDD on PS3 are crap, they need to be replaced anyways. they just put in the cheapest crap there. Right now I'm using a 750GB WD Green 7200rpm. And don't come here with overheating crap, I'm using the Slim version, not phat nor super slim, if you're so concerned with that, you can connect it outside of console, with external cables.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

And all the while I'm thinking: 'People have consoles with only 12gb of storage?!'

fbn_games
fbn_games

12GB is a joke. What do you want? Miracle? With a game as big as GTAV it's more than natural bigger Hard Drives.

Godlikan
Godlikan

Have fun people, you may bought game you can not play any more for some reason or another XD

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The 12GB flash memory PS3 is the only one affected by this. Most people would have bought that as a replacement PS3. or have already had a extra HDD ready to install. I cannot really see people just keeping with the flash memory.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

BF3 on the 360 forced me to go from 20gb hd to 250. It took almost half of my 20gb hd. That's when I knew what was going to happen going forward with most games at some point in the future.

maximo
maximo

more problems with Sonys hardware whether its PS3 or PS4 seems like things arent going to well for that company.


i hope thigns improve for PS owners. 


good luck!

macaque12
macaque12

I hope, at some point, they release some new things for single player too. I didn't really like GTAO

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I don't feel like there is tons of overlap between 12GB PS3 owners and GTAV Online players. 


The number of 12GB systems on market must also be a tiny share. This article starts out with a headline that really makes this out to be a bigger deal than it is.


It gets old to see everything being geared towards making money and getting clicks. It would be nice to see more straight forwards titles to things like it was in years past before the huge changes to the site. Things on Gamespot really have changed.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

Whether it is on a console or PC, as hard drives space increase so does some of the programs. Onegood thing about the Xbox One is that I do not even have to open up my Xbox One and switch drives, all I do is hook up an external and keep on trucking. I also own a PS 4 as well.

stevles
stevles

What the hell is wrong with the person who made this article?

Essentially you are saying: To keep downloading anything to a hard drive you need to keep the capacity above the amount you have downloaded.

I WOULD HAVE NEVER GUESSED!

Setzera
Setzera

I have a 12GB PS3, and that lasted all of a month before I realized I needed to stick a laptop hard drive in there.  Luckily, have plenty of PC parts around, I still came out ahead and saved money over other models.


I have to agree though, this article title was misleading, I was expecting it had to do with internal components in older systems.. other than just hard drive space.

igsmither
igsmither

headline is misleading click bate, reminds me of why I hardly ever come to websites like this one...

bluebird08
bluebird08

honestly, who buys a 12gb PS3, and no 300gb-500gb HDD to go with it?

mr_nee
mr_nee

with no external hdd support, who has 12gb hdd??? I mean, you have to erase all the time

normanislost
normanislost

I'm pretty sure he's actually right since I believe the 12gb is a flash drive inside the console which can't be removed

But the HDD slot on the ps3 is empty so you just stick one in along side it

ebauer1987
ebauer1987

@mikemaj82 Are you being serious? I never trusted GameStop. This adds more things to hate about the company. That is why I buy first party games and go digital. I don't trust a company like GameStop. They always seem to rip people off. Especially with trade in prices.

themc_7
themc_7

@spartanx169x I bought the Elite w/ 250gb hard drive and I'm so happy I did. In my 360's 7 years of gaming, storage was never an issue. When games like BF3 started releasing 20 gb of dlc maps, the larger HD really paid off. 

themc_7
themc_7

@maximo this is a very small group of people. I don't know anyone who has a 12gb PS3. Why get a HDD that small?

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@maximo Lol...what? You're reaching. That's simply a problem for a ridiculously small  amount of GTA V fans who own a specific PS3 model. It's nothing close to a Sony hardware problem, since the hardware still works as intended. If anything it's a GTA V problem, and even that is a stretch. Blame yourself if you still have a tiny HDD. It's one of the easiest things to fix. 

jjleshko90
jjleshko90

@Toysoldier34 +1. Article is written to make it seem like "YOU" might not be able to play GTA5, when in actuality, it's people who own a 12GB PS3 console who want to play online. The writer even states that single player will still work.

I guess Chris' network, "TheSmokingManX," is true, because he was on dope when he "wrote" this "article."

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@mr_nee It is intended for streaming and discs only. People who plan to download anything or do heavy gaming would buy a higher model of the system. This is a more casual model.

destemido
destemido

@jjleshko90 @Toysoldier34 lol are you guys for real? This is what i see from the frontpage "You may need to install a new hard drive on your PS3 if you plan on downloading future GTA V updates required for GTA Online." right below the big letters (aka title)

normanislost
normanislost

The 360 is irrelevant in this discussion

The point here is this update makes it to big for the 12gb ps3 model the xbox equivalent can't even install the game