Microsoft slams GTA IV PS3 install time in PR mail

VG247 just published the following email from Microsoft UK PR:

With the OXM review hitting streets today, and your own preview impressions which are looking great, hopefully you'll all be a bit wiser as to the ins and outs of GTA IV now.

I'm sure you've all seen the chatter from the 1up GTA IV Preview on the PS3 install time….just a few thoughts on what you could do in this time if you were actually playing the 360 version from the moment you insert the disc….

· Steal your first dozen or so cars and test out the improved vehicle handling?

· Check out the cool features on your mobile phone?

· Rack up a 5 Star Wanted Rating?

· Have a blast of your first MP game on Xbox LIVE?

· Ditch the tracksuit chic and buy some new clothes?

· Unlock your first GTA IV Achievement and boost your Gamerscore?

….Or just start downloading a film from Xbox LIVE Video Store to watch later – check out the latest batch of arrivals this weekend!

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BigKev453689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

Sucks for PS3.

sonarus3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

WOW. I never bought that microsoft desperate crap from gameplayer but now i have.

Its official folks. Microsoft is in a panic and they are desperate for those GTA4 sales.

I am really in shock that a multi billion dollar corporation can stoop to this level. I will laugh the hardest ever if the ps3 runs better with installs

tweaker3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

Desperation at its finest. This goes to both Microsoft and BigKev45.

DomUltra3689d ago

Wow this is extremely desperate your right, actively attacking another company, this is low Microsoft, your clutching at straws.

sammy_mantra3689d ago

It is a sign of desperation from MS

see the preorder charts worldwide . which is leading?

a 5 min install for better FR is by no means bad and takes just 5 meg.

It is a shame that XBOX FANBOYS like you post in the GAme zone

Ariexv3689d ago

360 version leads Pre-orders by 2 to 1.

marinelife93689d ago

MS I know you're afraid of your competition but try not to show it. You should use Dry Idea from Gillette. "Never let them see you sweat!"

chaosatom3333689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

wait a sec. What the hell are we talking about here.

Whining about just a 5 min install, WOW.

-Even xbox has a INSTALL time, not only ps3 owners.
-Every xbox member is going to treat the install as mandatory, even if it is optional.

-WHY would an xbox person opt for no install and see gta not in TRUE GLORY the first time?

red_ring_of_death3689d ago

i dont care about a little install time
lag free online game play

sonarus3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

In NA. However even in NA analysts predict ps3 gaining bigger hardware sales(keep in mind just predictions). In the rest of the world, ps3 is ahead in pre orders and even sold out in some stores. Even the gamespot ceo said the pre orders between the two in NA are a lot closer than 2-1.

I think MSoft knows they will lose this battle and they are already preparing their supply issues speech

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gaffyh3689d ago

It is quite pathetic that Microsoft feel the need to do this. 5 minutes is nothing to cry about. I swear this hurts MS more than it makes their GTA4 look good.

Alcohog3689d ago

I was thinking the exact same thing stupid!

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Milky3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is partly why I would never buy an xbox 360.

chasuk083689d ago

at 1.5, wheres the evidence ?

Milky3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

And this , ladies and gentlemen, is partly why I would never buy an xbox 360.

edit: wtf ? why has this been posted twice ?

Megaton3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

Trying to slam the PS3 for a mandatory 5 minute install time, which also happens to be optional on the 360? I expect spin from them, but this kind of desperation is just sad.

neil_19803689d ago

Ok so you could do one of those things if you had an xbox and chose not to install.

How many things could you do in GTA4 in the week where an xbox gets RROD and you have to send it away for a week?

Bit of a crap article really <rolls eyes>

Kojima touches kids3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

What sucks are PS3 owners with 20/40GB HDD's.

MANDATORY installs are increasing every month.

What next?

FEBRUARY Devil May Cry 4, Lost Planet
MARCH Hot Shots Golf
APRIL Grand Theft Auto 4

Bubble Buddy3689d ago

i remember one person said sarcastically about a week ago "Soon MS and their fanboys will be boosting they get to play GTA4 5 minutes before the ps3 people do." Guess he/she was right.

Ri0tSquad3689d ago

BTW, what a big difference. 5 minutes? Whats 5 minutes when your going to be playing this game for over 60 hours? Lol, it's Microsoft's only argument when the game launches.

keony3689d ago


how low can you go?

juuken3689d ago

Sucks for you the most buddy.
Let's just hope your system doesn't RROD before the title screen comes up.

I sense desperaaaaaaaaaatiooooooooon.. .

calis3689d ago

@ 1.18 - That would be the funniest thing if Sony's PR mention what you could do while the 360 is RROD'd. lol.

jadenkorri3688d ago

whats sad is MS is grabing for straws that they can't be mature and complain about 5 mins, if it was 20 mins then maybe they would have something but 5 mins...cmon...i guess there just a bit worried about that 50 million investment...hey i don't mind...hey MS, Barbie's Dream house is coming to PS3 and 360, pay them 50 million dollars for exclusive...don't worry PS3 fanboys will be pissed and will drive some console sales for your 360.....

cyclindk3688d ago

You're intelligent, can I have some'o yur intelligence?

Alvadr3688d ago

Installs are the only disadvantage from having a blu-ray drive..

I think its only a tiny disadvantage compared to the benefits of smoother gameplay, watching hidef movies and getting monster games like MGS4.

Id choose a 5 min install over a clunky DVD drive every time.

Sorry MS, nice try but your not going to make anyone switch to the GTA360 with lame comments like that.

TheGamer3686d ago

You can

1) RROD --> Dont read any further
2) If 1 didnt happen then you can insert disc # 2 to test the cars you stole --> oh wait the game has only one disc. They cut down the graphics to put everything in one disc.
3) RROD by now definitely --> dont read any further
4) If you are still reading then its a PS3 and not a 360!!!!!

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Ninja_Moomin3689d ago


They really are getting desperate

Hydrolex3689d ago

Can't you wait 5 more minutes to get rid of ugly graphics and Frame rate drops ?

LOL then Microsoft has nothing to say

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Squeezle3689d ago

Are they serious? That is just sad.

Genuine3689d ago

Lol, c'mon isn't it obvious that they are joking around? You guys are quick to throw stones, but I'll bet you have forgotten these "Sony Gems".

deeznuts3689d ago

Of course. They are only saying this because they didn't make the HDD standard across their consoles. It's called regresssion, not innovation with MS. As their original X had a standard HDD.

Nothing wrong with doing it though, it's smart for their business.

NO_PUDding3689d ago

Genuine, the reaosn this is sad becuase 5 minutes time difference for a better experience, for ONE game, is an awful reason to bash. It just makes them look stupid.

the 360 is alwasy gonna be HDDless unless you buy one. That was a mistake. And Effects everythign, especially their cliam they are interested in DLC.

MADGameR3688d ago (Edited 3688d ago )

NO it does'nt suck for PS3 owners. But it DOES suck for 360 owners why? Because the PS3 HDs are REMOVABLE AND upgradable to BIGGER storage! 360 does'nt...simple as that!

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SeanScythe3689d ago

Sigh must suck to be a 360 owner when the only bragging rights are, I can steal a car before your game starts. he-he-he-he

Well at least my game will run smoother and better.

Homicide3689d ago

QFT! The PS3 version runs smoother and looks better according to Rock*. Also its only 5 minutes. With the 360 version having slowdowns, PS3 owners can catch up.

Deadman643689d ago

I agree. this article is absolutely retarded. I will be doin the install on my 360. it just makes more sense that it will run better with an install.

And we do have bragging rights as we will get two+ sick DLCs

Qbanboi3689d ago

Man, this does it. I'm getting the Ps3 version now. MS just seen too desperate. MS, if you bought the DLC and you are so damn sure you will sell more, why should you kill on the Ps3 version for only having 5 minute install. You just lost 60 buck with me.

RobotIsTheFuture3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

I'm Not On MS Side But...(LOL)Wouldn't U Sh!t Ur Pants If U Spend 50Mill' 'n U Kno U Ain't Gonna Get 'Em Back? ...Yeah I Thought Tha Same. That Was A Very Stupid Move. They Could TRY To Fix The X360, 'n Drop Some Hott Games But Naww, They Thought They Could Make A Bill' w/ Some DLC. They've Made Lotta Mistakes Lately... I'm Not Happy Bout It, But I'm Not Sad Either... I've Always Backed Up Sony Cause They're The One I've Always Trusted, The Times I Felt They Let Me Down; They Actually Fixed Whatever It Was 'n Made Me Happy Again... They Ain't Perfect. Nobody Is, But They Make Take Some Good Desicions Most Of The Times. T/C Everybody 'n Enjoii Ur Games No Matter What Console U Have. U Deserve It...

EDIT: Whoa! This Guy From MS Is Just Plain Stupid... What Is That!? He Shoulda Put "-Payin Another $50 Bucks For The Membership So U Can Have Non-Stop GTA:IV Online Play" C'mon 5Mins Ain't 5Days... I Thought In Gettin' An XB360 Once But After I Researched That U Had To Pay $50 For Online + That I Might Need Another HDD Cause I'll Fill 20GB In A Month; Seriously + ¿Is It Truth That U Get The RRoD By Playin Online? ¿Or U Get It Offline Too?... IDK I Just Like The PS3 Way More For So Many Things That I Don't Need To Mention 'Cause Most Of Us Know 'Em Already...

ONE MORE TIME: ***Enjoii Ur Games No Matter What Console U Have. U Deserve It...***

RobotIsTheFuture3689d ago

Aww Somebody ToOk One Of My Bubbles... I Made My Account Today :( (LOL)

Nostradamus3689d ago

That is an amazing talent you have, capitalizing the first letter in each word; regardless of its order in the sentence!

There is something fishy about you.

waltercross3689d ago

I use to type like this.
d*mn now I know how hurtfull it was!.

RobotIsTheFuture3688d ago (Edited 3688d ago )

LOL, Thanks Ya'll... Yeah I Like Writin' Like That XD. Somethin Fishy??? ¬_¬ Hmm... ROFL Naww It's All GoOd. Ya'll Know What? Imma Get Both Of Ya'll Some Bubbles 'Cause Ya'll Made Me Laugh. Thank's Guys... Imma Track Ya'll ToO. See Ya'll 'Round.

¬_¬ [Almost I Get Caught, Naww] XD

***Enjoii Ur Games No Matter What Console U Have. U Deserve It...***

LJWooly3688d ago

Don't worry mate. Nothing wrong with having a unique writing style. Whether it's Dark Sniper's great use of third person, or Bladestar's constant use of "...", it's all good :)

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Harry1903689d ago

to fix the glitches and frame rate issues?

wetowel3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

LOL this only shows how desperate MS is.

Id take a 5 min install for smoother game play over no install and choppier frames anyday.