Those of you out there in gaming land looking to play the next chapter in the open-sandbox free-for-all adventure Grand Theft Auto will be needing to take another look at the amount of space left in your harddrives. The game Grand Theft Auto V has been revealed this week to require a whopping 8GB of space all on it's own. That's no small commitment.
For Xbox 360 users, this game will be appearing on two separate DVDs and will require that the first unload the full 8GB of data to your machine's drive. The second of two disks exists as a play disk, here required for you to run the game (and yes, the 8GB of data is required on the Xbox while the second disk runs).
You can, on the other hand, use a USB stick to keep some of that action off-loaded. According to RockStar, this stick must be "USB 2.0 with a minimum 15mb/s read speed and formatted for Xbox 360 use." Simple enough, yes? Go ahead and grab a few the next time you're running through a major gaming convention.
Meanwhile the PlayStation 3 iteration of the game will be coming in on a single disk and will also require a full 8GB install. One Blu-ray disk will be in the package you pick up in September and you'll be seeing essentially the same game on either system.
Sound good for a wait until the 17th of that month? Might you have an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 waiting in the wings by then?
You may want to keep this fact as a lesson for future gaming console purchases as well - working with an Xbox with just 8GB of space on it might seem like a good idea when you see the initial price tag, but down the road you'll be paying for it with high-powered games such as this!