May 27, 2022

Rockstar Reward Modder for GTA Load Screen Fix

I’ve spent half of my life in front of load screens…

Let’s be honest GTA Online’s load times are ridiculously long, as the old saying goes you could boil a kettle in the time it takes for the game to load. Thankfully Rockstar has found a way to shorten those load times from an unlikely source.

A Modder, who goes by the handle ‘t0st’ recently posted about how they had dived into the games source code and found a way to reduce the load times of the game by 70%, from six minutes to one minute and fifty seconds.

What is the reason for the long load times?

According to t0st the reason the games load times are abhorrent comes down to the game reading in a text file of all the purchasable content and then rereading it for every item.

For example, if the game counts 3 cars, after each car it starts again from the beginning but adds a new car so it looks something like this…

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The game will read the first car every time

This means it’ll count the same car up to 63,000 times, causing your poor CPU to take the brunt of this work, but we’re not done yet. After reading the text file, it then records the data associated with the item and a ‘hash’ (the fingerprint that uniquely identifies it). Each time the game reads an item from the list (Which is 63,000+) it checks the hash value against EVERY OTHER item that’s already been stored.

t0st’s fix essentially stops the game from re-reading the same item over and over again plus stops the need for a hash check, meaning your CPU can rocket through it and load the game quicker.

He went on to say that the ‘fix’ should only take Rockstar’s engineers ‘a day at most’ to implement.

Now Rockstar has announced that they will officially be implementing the fix, and have awarded ‘t0st’ $10,000 through their Bug Bounty programme ‘as an exception’ (the Bug Bounty is usually only for security and privacy issues.)

After a thorough investigation, we can confirm that player T0st did, in fact, reveal an aspect of the game code related to load times for the PC version of GTA Online that could be improved,”

As a result of these investigations, we have made some changes that will be implemented in a forthcoming title update.

Rockstar now say that the fix is now live and is available for PC only at this time.


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