Rockstar Games recently hosted a Q&A session on its website and addressed several questions about the highly anticipate upcoming title Grand Theft Auto 5.
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Here are some of the highlights:
It Will Require an 8GB Installation:
"Rockstar, how many discs will the Xbox and PS3 versions of the game have? I am asking because I am just conscious of how many discs I will have to install onto my Xbox 360 HDD." - cj67890
"Hi R*, as you said GTAV will be the biggest game that Rockstar ever created, normally it should be the biggest in size too. So how you are going to solve Xbox 360 disc limit issues? I mean will GTAV have many discs (on Xbox 360 platform)...?" - youtubos
"If we install GTAV on Xbox 360 do we have to insert other discs or not?" - Persian-boy1995
"Grand Theft Auto V is the largest and most ambitious game we have yet created, and takes full advantage of every ounce of processing power available in the current generation of consoles. 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."
Players Can Switch Characters At Will...Sort Of
"So can you switch characters? Trevor Michael and Franklin - can you play all of those guys? And everybody has their own missions???!" - @GTAVISBEST
"How is changing between characters going to work during missions?" - HIBMFL
"Do you have to switch characters constantly?" - killer772
"Michael, Franklin and Trevor have their own separate lives with their own sets of friends and acquaintances, and even their own preferred ways of spending their free time. When you're not on a mission, you can freely switch in real-time to any of the three characters to drop in and out of their lives letting you see what they're up to. And because they have their own schedules, you'll never know what they might be doing - you might drop in on Michael in the middle of a family dispute, interrupt Franklin chatting up some ladies, or Trevor on the run from the law - or whatever else these guys do in their free time... How and when you switch between characters when you're not on a mission is completely up to you.
In addition, each of the guys has their own missions and side jobs. There will be times on a mission when you play as one character, or as combinations of two of them, and sometimes as all three, always being able to switch between the characters mid-action. Off mission, it's up to you. You can play as one character on his own or hang out with either of the other two or both of them, or you can switch between any of them."