Update on this problem:
GTA IV: The shortest game ever. Maximum 5 min of gameplay before it locks-up my PS3.
As everybody knows now, thousands unlucky customers having XBOX360 and PS3 (every models confirmed) are suffering of crashes of their console in the first 5 min of GTA IV: their video will freeze, the sound will partially goes on and whole console will hang.
The main discussion currently stands on the US board:http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstatio...message?board.i
And there are several threads on this UK forums:http://community.eu.playstation.com/playst...board/message?b
There are several videos on youtube that show exactly what is happening. Example:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPLmd9uXwmk
So far, after 30+ hours, here what the consumers, now converted into testers, have noticed.
The regular locks-up (crashes) will happen on all PS3 models (and not only laucnh PS3 60GB):
- straight away during the first 2 cutscenes and in the next 5 min if you pass the cutescenes (my case);
- happens after several hours of game. First crash and after reset of the PS3, every 5 min (some report on this UK forum and a lot on the US);
- all kind of tests have been performed : new BD, network settings, video settings, sound settings, harddrive replacement (see US forum);
I called yesterday Take 2 Support as described on the 'Liberty City Guidebook' on page 27.
The gentleman confirmed all calls regarding GTA IV is about the locks-up in less than 5 min of game. He also confirmed it's been escalated but doesn't know when and how to fix the issue. He recommended to send by my copy for refund.
The only possible idea highlighted so far is an 'overloading of the RAM' on both console.http://xboxfamily.net/story-589-GTA-IV-Ove...-Consoles-Cache
"Rockstar, in their very finite wisdom designed the game to have no loading times. Thatís great, except for the fact that GTA IV now overloads the cache and causes a lock-up (freeze). So now, instead of saving load times and providing a seamless experience, Rockstar has forced some machines to crash while attempting to load from the cache.
The solution: Rockstar needs to release a patch that limits the strain on the RAM right out of the gate. Can they even do this? Who knows?"
Recommendation if you are in this situation:
- Don't try too much to crash your PS3 (ie. play GTA IV) or you may completely deflect it. There are already people reporting (in the US thread and on this UK forum) their PS3 needs to be sent back to Sony for Repair after trying to play GTA IV. Critical damage: All games on Blu-ray Disc will not play anymore.
- Call the Take 2 Techincal Support and explain your issue;
- Register on Take 2 Support and raise a ticket to them http://support.take2games.com
- Wait until Rockstar provide a patch.