A savvy fan has managed to cut down the loading times of GTA Online by 70%, according to a report by GamesRadar.
The player was reportedly fed up with how slow GTA Online is when loading, something Rockstar has failed to resolve since its launch seven years ago.
Instead of waiting around, the Nee.lv user, T0ST, decided to find their own solution, resulting in a load time reduction of 70 per cent on PC. Here’s T0ST’s take on why they had to resolve GTA Online’s slow loading times:
“GTA Online. Infamous for its slow loading times. Having picked up the game again to finish some of the newer heists, I was shocked (/s) to discover that it still loads just as slow as the day it was released 7 years ago. It was time. Time to get to the bottom of this.”
The programmer also went into great detail about how the reduction was achieved, which has been posted to Nee.lv for reference. The whole process gets somewhat technical, but T0ST’s post does a good job explaining things. The modder claims that removing Rockstar’s intro sequences reduces loading times by 10-30 seconds alone, and that’s before even getting into the real issues at hand.
T0ST’s main issue with GTA Online appears to be with how it “bottlenecks” computer CPU’s upon boot, a symptom of the game trying to read a JSON file. The game struggles with reading the file due to its “poorly built” code, which is subsequently inefficient. Of course, there’s more going on under the hood of GTA Online that ultimately slows it down, with T0ST seemingly having an explanation for every flaw to be found.
The code warriors criticism is vast but comes with some friendly advice, which appeals to Rockstar to fix the game:
“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 :<
“You could either switch to a hashmap for the de-duplication or completely skip it on startup as a faster fix. For the JSON parser – just swap out the library for a more performant one. I don’t think there’s any easier way out.”
It’ll be interesting to see how GTA Online evolves once it reaches the PS5. After all, you’d expect the game to load significantly faster on next-generation hardware. That being said, Rockstar doesn’t take too kindly to enthusiasts messing with its code.
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