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GTA V download problems on PS3

The long awaited launch of GTA V is almost upon us and for PS3 users looking to pick up the digital version, the party has already started. GTA V on PS3 is available for pre-load on the PlayStation Store, but it appears that many of you have been running into long downtime times as a result of the expected server hammering.

Originally, the pre-load of GTA on the PSN was due to start on Saturday September 14. However, Sony and Rockstar sent out word that this would have to be delayed until Monday September 16 instead due to some issues – which obviously didn’t go down well with fans considering that GTA V is a whopping 18GB download.

Fortunately, some of these issues were cleared up and pre-loading of the game could actually start on Sunday afternoon, as confirmed by a Tweet from Sony below. This obviously prompted everyone to jump onto the PS Store at exactly the same time and it looks like Sony are having problems keeping their servers steady in wake of the heavy traffic.

We’re hearing feedback from you that downloads are only on 10% despite already having started the download for hours. Even worse, we hear how one user had to restart the 18GB download completely after 64% when the console became unresponsive – we’ve seen this happen during BF3 DLC downloads many times.

With the game launching in retail stores on Tuesday, this isn’t exactly the type of service that digital buyers would have expected. At the very least, consumers will want the download to be completely finished by the time Tuesday comes around, but it may not be possible for a lot of you if the slow download times continue.

How are you getting on with your GTA V pre-load at the moment? Have you been experiencing long load times in your area or not?

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