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GTA Online 1.54 update drastically reduces load times: Patch notes & details

Rockstar has listened to its fans and updated GTA Online to incorporate a recently-discovered method that will drastically reduce load times.

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A recent investigation by a modder found that GTA Online had a particular file that was causing excessive loading time. Rockstar has now added the 1.54 update to the game and it reduces the title’s loading screens.

For all of Grand Theft Auto’s excellence in world-building, design, and overall enjoyment, the game has always suffered from excessive load times. Players wanting to dive straight into an online game have had to sit back on their phones for a while and wait patiently.

However, a new way was recently found that would supposedly slash GTA Online load times. Instead of rejecting the invasion of the game’s files, Rockstar has embraced the idea and decided to implement it into their game via the 1.54 update. It is expected that players can experience up to 70% faster loading speeds in GTA now.

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Lots of companies would take exception to an outsider tampering with their game files and exposing a gaping flaw for the whole world to see. So it’s incredibly positive to see Rockstar not only acknowledge it but also use it to make GTA Online faster.

GTA Online 1.54 patch notes

Whilst the notes aren’t official just yet, one GTA Online Reddit thread has been opened to discuss the new update

  • Improvements & Fixes: Loading the Story Mode / Online on PC is now way faster than before.
  • Test on my low-end specs: CPU: Intel Core i3 4005u, GPU: NVIDIA GT 820m, RAM: 4GB, Old HDD
  • Loading time before update: 9 minutes and 38 seconds
  • Loading time after update: 3 minutes and 15 seconds

Which platforms is the GTA Online 1.54 update on?

The newest update for GTA Online has gone live across all the major platforms. So PlayStation, Xbox, and PC owners can currently go and download the update right now.

As far as we can tell, the significant loading times boost only seems to apply to PC. Console users are reporting that there’s been no significant improvement on loading time performance. Whereas PC players are happily commenting that the update has proven to be most effective.

and one user has said, “Got the update on PS4, didn’t notice anything yet.” Another user also said, “40 seconds for changing lobby, still slow on starting up the game and I’m on Xbox Series X.”

So for the time being at least, this fix only seems to apply to PC users, and console users, even on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, will have to settle for the default times.

Grand Theft Auto players will be encouraged to know that a large update in terms of significance won’t actually take that long to enforce.

How big is the GTA Online 1.54 update?

Here is the official file size for the update on each platform:

  • PlayStation: 700 MB
  • Xbox: 1 GB
  • PC: 400 MB

So it really shouldn’t take too long before your load times are slashed thanks to the new GTA Online 1.54 update.

Rockstar pay $10,000 to modder

The modder who goes by the name of “tostercx” has actually had their work recognized by Rockstar to the point that they have paid them handsomely.

They updated their original post to say, “Just got awarded $10k through their H1 in-game bounty as an exception (usually only for security issues).”

It’s refreshing to see a company hold their hand up and also reward someone for helping to improve the game.

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Destiny

Destiny 2 Xur location and items: January 21- 25

Here is where you can find Xur the Merchant and get different Exotic items for yourself when playing Destiny 2.

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Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

You can get Exotic items for yourself in Destiny 2 by visiting Xur the merchant. This character moves around, so here is his location and all the items that you can get from him.

Destiny 2 has become a classic since its release in 2017, with a large player base in 2021. The Season of the Lost update has added various weapons like the Lorentz Drive exotic and Darkest Below.

You can also get different Exotic items each week by visiting the merchant, Xur. He hangs out in random locations around the map, and this guide will let you know where to find him along with his inventory.

Where to find Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur’s location in Destiny 2 changes each week. Currently, Xur can be found on Nessus, standing on a tree by the Watcher’s Grave.

Once you visit him, you can get yourself some neat new Exotic items to use in the game. Xur will provide you with items that are at the same power level as you.

Xur’s January 21 – 25 items in Destiny 2

You can find all of the items available for sale from Xur this week in Destiny 2 below:

Exotic Gear

  • Telesto – Void fusion rifle
  • St0mp-EE5 – Hunter legs
  • Wormgod Caress – Titan arms
  • Phoenix Protocol – Warlock chest
  • Exotic Engram
  • Exotic Cipher quest

Legendary Weapons & Armor

  • Enigma’s Draw – Kinetic sidearm
  • Seventh Seraph SI-2 – Void sidearm
  • Night Watch – Kinetic scout rifle
  • Wishbringer – Solar shotgun
  • Toil and Trouble – Kinetic shotgun
  • Interference VI – Arc grenade launcher
  • Stars in Shadow – Solar pulse rifle
  • Opulent armor set
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This week’s collection of wares consists of impressive weapons, helmets, quests, and cosmetic items.

You can equip these and reap their benefits when running into combat in Destiny 2 if you are looking for some new things to use against your enemies.


Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more Destiny 2, and check out the possible Destiny 2 and Halo crossover.

Image Credits: Bungie

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Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards: January 21

The Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards are out for the week of January 21. Use our quick and easy guide to see what items can be redeemed.

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Players who love to battle it out in competitive PvP action to earn Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards can now see what the week of January 21 has to offer.

Destiny 2‘s Trial of Osiris has become a staple of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter, thanks to its heated action, and the rewards for January 21 are now available to see.

One of the most popular game modes that the first-person shooter offers is, no doubt, Trials of Osiris, which is the game’s competitive multiplayer playlist that allows Guardians to test their skills against other players.

One of the exciting factors of this game mode, besides proving your skills, is the new set of rewards that players can earn with their success every week. Here is the newest set of Trials of Osiris rewards in Destiny 2.

What are the Trials of Osiris rewards for January 21 in Destiny 2?

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The Trials of Osiris is an end-game Crucible event that resets its rewards and map every Friday at 9 AM PST / 1 PM EST / 6 PM GMT. The more reputation you can earn in Bungie’s Trials of Osiris, the better quality of rewards you will receive in Destiny 2.

The map that players fight on changes each week, with the current map being Twilight Gap.

Here is the complete list of Trials of Osiris rewards for the previous week:

  • Reputation Rank 4: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 7: Enhancement Prism (3)
  • Reputation Rank 10: Trials Weapon (Changes on every rank reset)
  • Reputation Rank 13: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 16: Trials Weapon (Changes on every rank reset)
  • Flawless Reward: Sola’s Scar (Legendary Sword) (Adept)

To earn the Flawless Reward, players will need to win seven Trials of Osiris matches without losing a single game.

It’s a tough feat, no doubt, but it’s doable with enough skill, patience, and understanding of the game’s mechanics.

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Passages

  • Passage of Ferocity – Your third match win grants a bonus win. (10000 Glimmer & 15 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Mercy – Forgives one loss per run. (10000 Glimmer & 15 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Wealth – Increased Trials Rank points from reaching 3, 5, and 7 match wins on a ticket. (15000 Glimmer & 25 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Confidence – Grants bonus rewards from Flawless Chest. (20000 Glimmer & 50 Legendary Shards)

Hopefully, this week’s Trials of Osiris rewards are worth you going after and can be used to make your overall Destiny 2 experience more fruitful and enjoyable!


Also, check out the best Destiny 2 PVE weapons and how to get them, and also how to claim Destiny 2 Prime Gaming rewards.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 11 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 11 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 11 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 11 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 11 pick rates in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many players jumping ship to Respawn’s game in Season 10, Apex Legends Season 11 has benefited from continued support from gamers and streamers alike.

There are now a whopping 19 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Ash, she debuted alongside the new Storm Point map.

Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 11, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 11.

Apex Legends Season 11 pick rate ranked list

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This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in order to let you know which are favored.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 11 ranked, as of January 21, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Wraith – 12.5%
  2. Octane – 12.3%
  3. Bloodhound – 10.3%
  4. Pathfinder – 8.8%
  5. Valkyrie – 7.4%
  6. Lifeline – 6%
  7. Bangalore – 5.1%
  8. Ash – 4.9%
  9. Loba – 4.4%
  10. Horizon – 4.2%
  11. Fuse – 3.7%
  12. Gibraltar – 3.7%
  13. Caustic – 3.7%
  14. Mirage – 3.2%
  15. Revenant – 2.6%
  16. Seer – 2.1%
  17. Wattson – 2%
  18. Rampart – 1.6%
  19. Crypto – 1.5%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 11

5. Valkyrie – 7.4%

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With Ash being knocked out of the top 5 most picked Legends since her release at the start of Season 11, Valkyrie has officially taken her spot with a 7.4% pick rate.

Valkyrie is great in Season 11, with unbelievable mobility thanks to her passive Jet Pack. This allows her to reposition and get in and out of situations with ease, arguably having the best potential to survive out of all Legends due to great mobility.

Valkyrie’s Ultimate is great for maps like Storm Point, as there are no Jump Towers and so her Skyward Dive offers useful rotations. Her Ultimate is great for getting the team into a spot for final circles, as you’ll be able to fly above and past enemy teams rotating into the zone.

4. Pathfinder – 8.8%

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Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 8.8%, and counting, for quite some time now.

As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.

3. Bloodhound – 10.3%

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Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 11.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 10.3%. They are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends, thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

2. Octane – 12.3%

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With a 12.3% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number two spot, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 11, fluctuating between the top two places.

Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away.

But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.

1. Wraith – 12.5% Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 11

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Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number one spot with a whopping 12.5% pick rate in Season 11.

Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan-favorite in Apex Legends Season 11.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 11. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, altering the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.

We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks and don’t forget to check out the best Apex Legends weapon skins to use.

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