Thanks to the efforts of one modder, players now have the opportunity to reduce the load times for GTA Online and make loading screens almost non-existent.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is a stunning showcase of modern-day technology and is legitimately one of the greatest video games ever created. One minor caveat that comes with getting to explore this unbelievable open-world game is the overly-long load times.
Next-gen has managed to improve load times for GTA V and make them quicker, but only to a point though, as even technology has its limits. GTA Online has so many qualities that draw millions of people to it such as weekly updates, cool Easter Eggs, and more. This is slightly hindered, as sometimes it can take a while to boot up the game.
That is until now as one GTA modder has been able to locate one file that is responsible for the majority of GTA 5’s loading time. Do be warned, if you do use this guide, Rockstar may not take too kindly to players manipulating the game’s files.
How to make GTA Online load much faster
Rockstar’s GTA Online contains an awful lot of data. From its vast array of vehicles, weapons, buildings, player accounts, and so much more, so it’s natural to assume this would contribute to longer wait times.
However, tostercx has stumbled across a peculiar file that actually provides an insight into the bigger picture. At the end of a huge page of findings and jargon, it’s determined that the excessive loading times are being caused by the following:
- There’s a single thread CPU bottleneck while starting up GTA Online
- It turns out GTA struggles to parse a 10MB JSON file
- The JSON parser itself is poorly built / naive
- After parsing there’s a slow item de-duplication routine
In Laymen’s Terms, it means that this one process hasn’t been coded correctly, and is forcibly checking what content you have, which causes a huge delay.
If you want to risk changing the game’s files, then you’ll need to do the following:
Use tostercx’s Github download, and your load times will receive a significant decrease as a result, and it will bypass the mandatory checks.
tostercx even addresses Rockstar directly saying, “If this somehow reaches Rockstar: the problems shouldn’t take more than a day for a single dev to solve. Please do something about it.”
“You could either switch to a hashmap for the de-duplication or completely skip it on startup as a faster fix. For the JSON parser – just swap out the library for a more performant one. I don’t think there’s any easier way out.”
We imagine that the simplicity of the action and the ensuing results will inevitably make their way to the desk of Rockstar. It remains to be seen if they will publically acknowledge this.
Image credits: Rockstar
Apex Legends dev confirms plans to buff L_STAR in Season 9
Respawn Entertainment are planning some major improvements for the L-STAR weapon in Apex Legends Season 9.
In response to the less-than stellar reception of the L-STAR Energy LMG in Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment are looking to buff the weapon for the upcoming Season 9.
The L-STAR is an Energy LMG in Apex Legends that functions with an ‘overload’ mechanic. This means that rather than having a standard magazine, it makes use of weapon stacks at the cost of having to cool the weapon down after a bit.
While this makes the weapon incredibly useful during the early parts of the match, many players often opt to switch to another weapon afterwards. As a result, Respawn Entertainment have decided to work on the gun for Season 9.
Apex Legends players have been petitioning to give the L-STAR some base ammo. This is because if someone steals your ammo stacks, then you’ll be left completely defenseless in the midst of battle.
While Respawn aren’t currently planning to add that, they’ve reassured fans that they’re working on some major L-STAR changes for Season 9, and these will arrive with the new content in the Legacy update.
“It’s not a problem every time because guns have their ammo spawn next to them, but it definitely is too common that you get one with 0 ammo and can’t use it,” wrote developer David Bocek.
Bocek feels that adding flat ammo for the weapon will result in players abusing it to farm energy ammo. So instead, they have a different solution planned that “has some weirdness” and “has the potential for lots of bugs.”
While he didn’t give too much detail about what this big change will be, he made it clear that they’ve already got some initial work done, but it wasn’t ready for the next season launch.
The L-STAR has been buffed recently as well. Hopefully, the new changes will get rid of the problems plaguing the weapon.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
GTA Online Update April 22: RE-7B Podium Vehicle, 3x GTA$ & diamonds casino loot
Apr 22’s GTA Online update & patch notes have made the RE-7B free if you’re lucky enough. There’s also 3x GTA$, and casino diamonds loot.
The April 22 GTA Online update is significant as players have a chance of getting the legendary RE-7B for free. 3x GTA$ also continues this week with the added bonus of diamonds as casino loot.
One of GTA Online’s rarest and most expensive cars could be yours for free this week if you’re lucky enough. This is one of the headline inclusions for a big GTA Online update this week.
In the background, we can still hear the ongoing, frantic chatter about the whereabouts of Grand Theft Auto 6, with Rockstar’s parent company providing an update on GTA 6. Furthermore, the rumor keeps growing with the latest murmurings including a new domain update pointing towards GTA 6 taking place in Vice City, and the game not taking place during the 1980s as first thought.
Until GTA 6 is official, we will remain focused on GTA Online, and our usual GTA Online leaker TezFunz2 has been able to get early info on the new update once more.
GTA Online April 22 patch notes
RE-7B Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel Reward
The Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel has put a free RE-7B up for grabs for Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel players to try and spin to win.
When you think of a mega-expensive, legendary motorsport vehicle, this is what you’d think of and want. It’s fast, it’s fearsome, and it’s free if you’re lucky enough.
Here’s the official description of the RE-7B:
“Fresh from baffling onlookers across the GT circuit, the experimental prototype from Annis is now on limited commercial sale. In a revolutionary design process, Japan’s finest artisans, engineers, aeronautics experts, martial artists and chefs have come together to product a seamless extension of your delusions of edginess and accomplishment.“
Casino loot diamonds
For people who enjoy carrying out casino heists, you’ll be pleased to know that you can earn more money for your exploits this week thanks to the return of diamonds as casino loot.
3x and 2x GTA$ RP
This week, players can earn 3x GTA$ RP on Casino Story Missions.
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2x GTA$ & RP is also available on Stunt Races as well.
Premium Races & Time Trials
We information on the latest race and time trial promotions this week, with the following being highlighted in the new update and patch notes.
- Premium Race: Art to Art
- Time Trial: Pillbox Hill RC
- RC Time Trial: Davis Quartz
Huge Property & Vehicle discounts
The big property savings this week tie into the return of diamonds as casino loot with 40% off the Casino Penthouse and Renovations. Plus, there is also 50% off Casino Decorations as well.
40% off Vehicles
- Itali GTO ($1,179,000)
- Komoda ($1,020,000)
- Stryder ($402,000)
- Vagrant ($1,328,400)
30% off Vehicles
- – Torero ($698,600)
That’s your lot for this week’s April 22 update, and we’ll be back at the same time next week with more GTA Online update news.
Image credits: Rockstar Games
Warzone Verdansk officially nuked following Season 3 event
Warzone’s beloved Verdansk map has finally been nuked following leaks and rumours, marking the end of Season 2.
The end of Verdansk is here. Raven Software launched the Destruction of Verdansk playlist in Call of Duty: Warzone on April 21.
As part of this new playlist, the current Verdansk as we know it met it’s end with an event causing a nuke to detonate across the Verdansk map and change it forever.
Although it was met by various bugs and server issues where players were being kicked out of the game every time a juggernaut was spawned, Verdansk was eventually destroyed.
The Destruction of Verdansk Part I playlist featured a massive circle, closing in within 12 minutes for fans to experience Verdansk and what became of it for a final time.
The event then declared that the Zombies outbreak could not be stopped, resulting in a countdown before a nuclear detonation took place.
Verdansk as we know it will never be the same.
The destruction of Verdansk comes just as Season 3 was announced for both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War this week.
Bonus Calling Card
Just like when players complete Zombies easter eggs and storyline events, The Destruction of Verdansk event concluded with a free bonus Calling Card for completing the playlist in game.
Although it’s not much, players will appreciate the sentiment as a memory of the epic event, which saw the map so many players have enjoyed for the last two years get destroyed.
Players can get this new Calling Card only within this playlist and it will be useable in your inventory as soon as you finish the game.
It seems Rebirth Island have attempted to contact any survivors on Verdansk since the destruction, asking if anyone knows “what the hell just happened?”
It’s unclear what will happen in the future, but leaks and rumours for Season 3 suggest a potential new map or even reimagined version of Verdansk in the 1980s.
One thing we do know, however, is that we will be getting a story-based event for Season 3 Warzone and Black Ops Cold War called “Hunt for Adler,” for those interested you can find out more by reading our article.
The Destruction of Verdansk Part I playlist ends at 5 PM ET on April 21, so make sure to play the event as soon as possible.
The next moment of the event is April 21 at 5 PM ET. Stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for more updates on Call of Duty Warzone.
Image Credits: Activision
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