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GTA 5 load times are significantly reduced on the Xbox Series X

Grand Theft Auto 5
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GTA 5 will have siginificantly reduced load times on the Xbox Series X.

Rockstar's open-world phenomenon has become known for its significant loading times, particularly when logging in to online play. The Xbox Series X has now officially been tested for how it handles these loading times.

In a video published by GameRiot (opens in new tab), the loading times for both story mode and online play were tested individually. When booting up and going into story mode, the Xbox Series X took roughly 38 seconds to get going. Online play, on the other hand, took much longer. From start to finish, accessing Grand Theft Auto Online took just over two minutes in this particular video. This gives a roughly minute and a half difference between the two loading times. 

The loading times on GTA 5 rose to meme status among players for being notoriously long, with GTA Online loading times taking as much as ten to fifteen minutes for some. Players have tried many different tips and tricks to try and game the system and make things load faster, but nothing has seemed to stop the lengthy wait times from becoming infamous with GTA fans. 

Players can, however, look forward to a much smoother loading experience once they get their hands on Xbox Series X and its improved horsepower. A test courtesy of IGN (opens in new tab) a few months back also found that loading times were improved when played on the Xbox Series X. 

GTA players can test out the new loading times for themselves when the Xbox Series X debuts on November 10.

Find out more about loading times in the Xbox Series X reaction roundup.

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Kai Delmare is a freelance journalist and news writer with bylines at GamesRadar+. During her time at GR, Kai focused on writing breaking gaming news and reporting on some of the biggest industry trends.