Trickle Of Grand Theft Auto V News Reveals Mandatory 8 GB Install

"We're gonna need a bigger boat." Rockstar Games just dropped some information on Grand Theft Auto V over on its official site—maybe they ARE watching us—and from the sounds of, some folks will need to be clearing space on their consoles’ storage devices. The next GTA installment will require 8 GB of space for both Xbox 360 and PS3:

In order to provide the best possible experience for such a massive and detailed world, the game will have installation requirements on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 systems. For Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto V will ship on two discs; Disc 1 will be used for a one-time mandatory install and Disc 2 will be used to play the game. After the install, players will be able to enjoy both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online without any need to switch discs.

This initial install will require an Xbox 360 Hard Drive or an external 16GB USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of free space. If using a USB flash drive it must be at least USB 2.0 with a minimum 15mb/s read speed and formatted for Xbox 360 use. A new USB flash drive is recommended to ensure optimum performance. For PlayStation®3, the game ships on one disc and will install content as soon as you insert the game. The install is roughly 8GB, and players will be able to play as soon as the install is complete.

One of the big features of GTA V is the ability to switch between the game’s three main characters on the fly. So, a fan asked if you could hunt down the other characters you weren’t controlling and end their life. You won’t be able to do that—because, duh, you’ll need them later—but there is an interesting wrinkle:

In the open world, the characters are meant to be living their own ongoing and unpredictable personal lives, so understandably it’s not always easy to track one of them down in the vast city of Los Santos or the many towns spread about Blaine County at any given moment, but you will be able to find them. Having found them, (or simply after calling them up and arranging to meet them), you’ll certainly be able to hang out with them, annoy them should you choose, and maybe even assault them, but you won’t be able to kill them. They all have remarkable powers of recovery and good health insurance. The game is based on playing all sides of these three characters’ interwoven stories rather than having generic, interchangeable leads, so permanently killing a major character in that way wouldn’t make sense. If a player is determined enough though, they may well find a way to badly injure one of the characters and switching to that character would just put you in the hospital to continue where you left off.

There are more teases about the possibility of a PC release and the game’s multiplayer in the Q&A. And a gameplay video is apparently on the way, too.