Grand Theft Auto IV is freezing up on some consoles. Rockstar attempting to solve the issue

30 April 2008
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Grand Theft Auto IV is freezing up during the intro cut-scene to the game on certain PlayStation 3 60GB and Xbox 360 consoles. There have also been reports of the game freezing up during driving sequences. None of this seems to be a game problem, but rather, depends (at random) on your console. The bright side is you won’t have to return your copy of the game, the downside is that Rockstar has no clue what’s causing the issue, but is trying to figure out a fix.
[Read the May 3 update below for a temporary fix]

To quote Rockstar support: “The problem is apparently only effecting the 60 GB version of the PlayStation 3. But the problem is not across the board for the 60GB PS3s but rather only impacts some, so tech support are working around the clock to try and figure out what is causing the issue.”

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  • The Xbox 360 is having the exact same problem, which has further stumped their tech folks. “They really have no idea when a fix will be coming because they can’t figure out what is exactly causing the problem.” Is a patch coming soon? No one knows. — Via Kotaku

    May 2 UPDATE: It’s been days and Rockstar hasn’t fixed the issues with the game yet. We suggest you call them and tell them what problems you’re having, you can also email them. Here are all the phone numbers you’ll need to call Rockstar support in your country.

    For Support in the US
    Phone: 1-866-405-5464

    For Support in Canada
    Phone: 1-800-269-5721

    For Support in the UK
    Phone: 08701 200060

    For Support in Australia
    Phone: 1902 262 606 – $2.48 + GST per minute (higher from mobile and public phones)

    For Support in New Zealand
    Phone: 0900 54263 – $1.99 + GST per minute

    For Support in Spain
    Phone: (+34) 91 636 39 25

    For Support in Germany

    For Support in France
    Phone: 0890 808 809 (0,15 € TTC / min)

    For Support in Italy

    If your country isn’t listed, you can look up your local Rockstar support phone number in the back of your Grand Theft Auto IV manual.

    May 3 UPDATE FOR A FIX: Readers oknowwhat & Harryarmy were told by Rockstar that the single player mode (cutscenes) freezing up can be fixed by logging out of your online user account. Or by turning off the internet connection to your console, you can do this by going into network connections and disable the wireless or wired internet connection. Of course that is just a temporary solution and won’t solve the multiplayer problems, but it’s a start.

    May 4 UPDATE: Rockstar told Rob to try the following:

    1) Delete the games install data. This is done via the PS3 options. Scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the ‘Game’ tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the ‘Game Data Utility’ Enter this and locate the GTA IV option. Highlight this and press triangle once, from the menu select Delete. This will delete the games install information.

    2) Delete the games save files. To delete any save files you will need to do the following. Scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the ‘Game’ tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the ‘Save Data Utility’ Enter this and locate the GTA IV option. Highlight this and press triangle once, and from the context menu select Delete.

    3) Disable your internet connectivity for the PS3. To do this scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the ‘Settings’ tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the ‘Network Settings’. Now scroll down to the Internet connection option and press x, now select the disable option. Once this has been done unplug the ethernet cable if you are connecting to the internet if using this.

    4) Disable the consoles information board. To do this scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the ‘Network’ tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the ‘Information Board’, highlight this and press triangle. From the menu select ‘Do not display’ Press X to confirm this.

    5) Disable Media Server functionality. Scroll to Settings, now scroll up / down to ‘Network Settings’ select Media Server connection. Once this has been done press triangle and change the option Disabled.

    6) Delete all of the systems internet cache. To do this scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the ‘Network’ tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the ‘Internet Browser’, highlight this and press X. Once you browser opens press the triangle button once, from the new menu highlight the ‘Tools’ option and press X. Scroll down the menu until you reach ‘Delete Cookies’ and press X. Confirm the files deletion. Repeat this for ‘Delete Cache’.

    7 ) Turn off the PS3 screen saver. Use the cross media bar to scroll to ‘Settings’, select ‘Display Settings’. Now highlight ‘Screensaver’ and set this to ‘Do not use’.

    8 ) Once this has been done manually restart you PS3 by holding down the power button for 5 seconds it will beep once and then shut down. Release the power button and re-press it and hold for about 5 seconds. The system will then boot and reset all display settings. You will prompted to reset your display settings to how you requrie them.

    9) Once restarted please try the game again, you will be prompted to reinstall.

    Once the game has started please turn off the following features:

    10) The games auto-save. Press Start, Game, and locate the Auto-save option. Turn this off.

    12) Turn off the games flicker filter. Press Start, Display and locate the Flicker Filter option. Turn this off.

    13) Turn off the controller vibration feature. Press Start, Controls and locate the vibration option. Turn this off.

    Now try playing the game as normal. If that doesn’t stop the freezing you need to contact Rockstar again to tell them when and where the game freezes up, so that they are better aware of the problem to fix it.

    May 7 UPDATE: Rockstar has released a Grand Theft Auto IV PS3 multiplayer patch for download.


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    • wildstar

      Ever since I got to about 30% into GTA4 my game has been freezing. I first called Rockstar/2k and they had me go through a bunch of steps that didn’t work. After 3 weeks of trying to figure out what the problem is, they handed me over to Sony. The first time I called I told them about my problem with GTA4 they immediately transferred me to a person dedicated to this particular problem. Hmmmm……we went through the same steps with Rockstar and I was told that if it freezes again then you may need a new system. What!?!?. I told the rep from Sony that the rest of my games worked fine and GTA is the only game givining me a problem and he said that it may be a software issue. Well of course it froze again and this point I’m pissed. I replaced the hardrive, reformatted the hardrive and deleted the game data including my game save (which I backed up). After doing all of that it worked for a day then it started freezing again. I called Sony 8 or 9 times after that and every time I called I got a different story. Finally I got someone on the phone that seemed to know what he was talking about. The rep told me that the first rep I ever spoke to was right, that it is a software issue and the is NO PLANS FOR A FIRMWARE UPDATE TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. The only way you will be able to play GTA4 is to send in the ps3 for repairs. The rep said that because of the way SOME of the ps3’s were made, there is a compatibility problem with GTA4 on some of these systems. So they e-mailed me a Service Request Number and shipped me a box. I sent my system in for repairs and I’m waiting to see how quickly I’m going to get my system back. So far this looks like the only way anybody is going to play GTA4 on their ps3 is to send it in for repair. It does not look like we are going to see a firmware download to fix this problem. I suggest that if your having freezing problem with GTA4 to give Sony a call. If the rep say “wait for a download then call back and keep calling to you get someone on the phone the seems like they have a clue as to what needs to be done to get your GTA4 working on your system.



    • youuu

      hey i been reading a lot online about gta4 freezing what i did was download the game to the hard drive gives you that option with the new xbox 360 software update i played it for about 2 hours and it did not freeze once tried that it should wrk do the xbox update first connect the xbox to the internet and update…

    • idan

      mode (cutscenes) freezing up can be fixed by logging out of your online user account. Or by turning off the internet connection to your console, you can do this by going into network connections and disable the wireless or wired internet connection

      on xbox360 or/and ps3?

    • Well, I have had gta 4 for a while now and I even beat the game and have never had problems with this before (I was playing yesterday) and now it just started frezing during the opening cutscene and have no clue as to why this happened to me if it was working fine before.

    • Neko

      I just got my 2 GB Xbox 360 the weekend after Thanksgiving 2010. As far as use, I’ve only played Halo Reach and GTA IV on it so far. Beat Halo, played it online a while and have about 45 hrs worth of GTA on it. I beat GTA IV a couple days ago and have just recently started playing the side missions to try to get to 100% complete. It never froze once the entire game, until after I beat it and I started playing the side missions (vigilante missions).

      Now it freezes about every 5 minutes. Sometimes it will freeze for only a few seconds. Other times it will freeze for about 20 seconds. Normally while driving and switching neighborhoods but can also be totally random. Its really getting annoying so I will try some of the ideas listed above.

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