If you’ve played GTA Online at all, you’ll know that it can take minutes to get into the game. And when we say minutes, we mean minutes – like, four or five of ‘em at least. It’s no surprise, then, that with all the talk of the PlayStation 5’s uber-fast SSD hard-drive, fans are hoping it’s a bit quicker to access Los Santos on next-gen hardware.
One meme which went viral on Reddit this week showcased the general sentiment of the community, and prompted a wider discussion about why GTA Online takes so long to load. The issue, from what we understand, is a complicated one: the game not only has to load the map, but it also has to synchronise the data across all players, including NPCs and ambient traffic.
As such, while Sony’s next-gen hardware will certainly speed certain elements up, it sounds like Rockstar may need to rewrite parts of the multiplayer mode’s networking code in order to accelerate the time it takes to boot the game. We reckon these would be worthwhile improvements, though, as currently GTA Online is the polar opposite of pick-up-and-play.