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GTA V to require mandatory 8GB install, some Xbox owners will need to buy a USB drive

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Rockstar's much-anticipated Grand Theft Auto V will require an 8GB installation, meaning that many Xbox 360 owners will need additional hardware to play that game. On PlayStation 3, the game will come on a single Blu Ray disc, but will still require an 8GB installation before playing. For Xbox 360, however, the game will come on two DVDs, one for installing and one for playing.

The news, first spotted by Eurogamer, means that owners of Xbox 360 models that came with 4GB or 8GB of storage will need to purchase a USB stick or external hard drive to play the year's most anticipated release. Answering a Q&A on its official blog, Rockstar added "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." Elsewhere in the Q&A, Rockstar confirmed a few details on Grand Theft Auto V's gameplay. Gamers will be able to switch between the three stars of the game at any point, and can instigate fights between the characters, but it will not be possible to kill any of them. Grand Theft Auto V is set for release on 17th September for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.