Rockstar confirmed that the developer will release an update that reduces the load times in GTA Online after a programmer discovered a fix for the mode. For those who play the game, you will know that the online mode has some of the most painful loading times in gaming. I don’t think there’s another game out there that suffers from this issue as much as Grand Theft Auto Online.
A programmer by the name of t0st did some tests in GTA Online and discovered that players can often wait at least five minutes to start a game. This was due to GTA Online performing almost 2 billion items checks before each game. Of which, many were unnecessary.
A few tinkerings later, and the programmer cut down the loading times in GTA Online from six minutes to one minute and 50 seconds. A 70 percent reduction. The fix and tinkering process was later shared on Github where players hoped Rockstar would respond.
Thankfully, the studio picked up on it and announced the good news. In a statement sent over to PC Gamer, Rockstar claims that GTA Online could be improved by implementing the tweaks t0st discovered.
“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. As a result of these investigations we have made some changes that will be implemented in a forthcoming title update.”
Rockstar has yet to share any specific details on the upcoming fix. In addition, they have yet to announce any exact numbers when it comes to the reduced load times in GTA Online. Whether or not they can reach the 70 percent load is unclear at this time. We will have to wait until the patch goes live before confirming this.
Rockstar did thank t0st for the help with the fix and confirmed the company did speak to the programmer in regards to his method. It is unclear if he received any sort of compensation for the discovery.
With the rumoured release of GTA Online for PS5 and Xbox Series X set for the second half of 2021, this load reduction will most likely further speed up the loading times on the enhanced version of the game even more. We can’t wait to see it happen.
Source: PC Gamer