GTA Online: new update available, reduced loading times and new contracts

GTA Online: new update available, reduced loading times and new contracts

GTA Online

GTA Online continues to expand, and it does so by finally welcoming the official patch with which Rockstar Games has significantly shortened the loading times of its online multiplayer title.

Rockstar has posted a new message on Twitter that accompanies the launch of GTA Online patch 1.54. As you can see at the bottom of the news, attention is paid to the new discounts for in-game purchases, the 2x experience bonus that you can take advantage of, and the new Contract missions linked to the characters of Lamar and Martin Mandrazo, two already known faces. for those who have played the single player campaign of Grand Theft Auto V.

A further and important change, as mentioned above, concerns the loading times of the PC version of the game, now considerably faster than in the past. The developers of the US software house have not disclosed particularly specific details about it, but on reddit the players are confirming some really drastic improvements. The change was made possible after an amateur developer found a way to speed up GTA Online uploads by up to 70%: Rockstar thanked the modder for his discoveries by donating him a sum of $ 10,000.

Recall that GTA V will arrive in the second half of 2021 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S: Rockstar has declared that the one for next-gen consoles will not be a simple remaster.

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GTA Online loading screen update

GTA Online loading screen update (Image: ROCKSTAR)

GTA Online developer Rockstar is getting ready to release a big new update on PC.

Grand Theft Auto Online loading times have always been a source of frustration, so it was exciting to hear that one fan had managed to cut times down by nearly 70%.

A fan going by the name of T0st recently discovered a way to reduce load times, and shared the news with Rockstar and the public.

'GTA Online. Infamous for its slow loading times. Having picked up the game again to finish some of the newer heists I was shocked (/s) to discover that it still loads just as slow as the day it was released 7 years ago,' reads a blog post by T0st.

'It was time. Time to get to the bottom of this.'

According to the blog post, the biggest problem is that the game runs a check for all of the 63,000+ items and upgrades players can purchase within GTA Online.

While it's a bit more complicated than that, T0st was able to significantly reduce the loading times by patching the issue.

Indeed, after patching a couple of issues, T0st was able to get the loading times down to less than two minutes, representing a reduction of 69.4%.

Fortunately, Rockstar was paying attention, and has decided to implement the changes as part of the next major update.

'After a thorough investigation, we can confirm that player t0st did, in fact, reveal an aspect of the game code related to load times for the PC version of GTA Online that could be improved,' Rockstar told PC Gamer.

'As a result of these investigations, we have made some changes that will be implemented in a forthcoming title update.'

There's no word on an exact release date, but GTA Online updates typically launch every week.

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T0st also confirmed the news, and told followers that he had been rewarded with some cash.

'Got confirmation from R* that this is getting a fix soon,' T0st revealed. 'Just got awarded $10k through their H1 in-game bounty as an exception.'

Despite the loading issues, GTA 5 has gone from strength to strength. Indeed, according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, GTA 5 has now sold over 140 million units.

'In the history of the entertainment industry, there's perhaps no experience that's more loved, more expansive, more critically acclaimed and more successful than Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto,' Zelnick explained.

'Grand Theft Auto V remains one of the most iconic titles ever released and continues to exceed our expectations, having sold in over 140 million units.

'In fact, in calendar 2020, more copies of Grand Theft Auto V were sold than in any other year except for 2013 when it first launched on PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.'