If you've ever played GTA Online, you'll know that the game takes forever to load, even if you're running it on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S or a high-end PC. And now, one programmer might have figured out why.
In a very technical blog, PC player T0ST explained that he discovered an issue when loading GTA Online which forces the game to check specific data over and over again, seemingly unnecessarily (thanks Digital Foundry).
As a result, he built his own code to bypass these checks, cutting load times on his mid-range PC by 69.4%, from an initial six minutes to one minute and 50 seconds, putting it somewhere on par with console. We're not tech experts, but Digital Foundry suggests that investigating this issue might help to bring console waiting times down as well.
"Most likely, this won’t solve everyone’s load times - there might be other bottlenecks on different systems, but it’s such a gaping hole that I have no idea how R* has missed it all these years."
"If this somehow reaches Rockstar: the problems shouldn’t take more than a day for a single dev to solve. Please do something about it."
As mentioned though, T0ST's discoveries are all on PC, and GTA Online's slow load times on Xbox might be caused by something else. In any case, hopefully the upcoming Xbox Series X version can find a way to ease the waiting times.
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