RockStar Games has stated that Grand Theft Auto V will require installation on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 before playing it. The Xbox 360 version of this game will be shipped on multiple discs; the first disc will be required for a one-time mandatory install while disc two will be used to play the game – RockStar explained. According to RockStar, the installation of the first disc will require “an Xbox 360 Hard Drive or an external 16GB USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of free space“. After installation, you will no longer need the first disc to play GTA 5 or the online mode Grand Theft Auto Online.
As for PS3 users, since the PS3 uses a Blu-ray disc, the game will be shipped on one disc. However, like most PS3 games, RockStar says that an installation of 8GB of data is required on the PS3 before playing. After the installation is completed, the game will begin to play.