According to a tweet from the official Sony PlayStation Twitter account, “Grand Theft Auto 5” players who plan to acquire the game through the PlayStation Store on the PlayStation Network will have to wait until 12:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday to download the game. This leaves digital purchasers stuck waiting to download the massive 36GB of “GTA 5” while the crowds that pre-ordered physical copies of the game at several retail stores, including GameStop and Best Buy, will have the game in hand and ready to play at the stroke of midnight.
Grand Theft Auto V will be available for download on the US PlayStation Store starting at 12AM Eastern Time this Tuesday, 9/17
â€” PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 14, 2013
Some confusion over whether or not digital purchasers could preload the game ensued after the tweet by the PlayStation Twitter account was sent out on Friday. Earlier Friday, a tweet sent out originally by Rockstar Games, the developer and publisher of the “Grand Theft Auto” series, said U.S. gamers would be able to preload “GTA 5” on Monday at 3 a.m., 21 hours before the game’s official release. Rockstar Games explained that their initial tweet was incorrect after several fans tweeted Rockstar Games, asking for clarification on the matter.
Those who've pre-ordered #GTAV on PSN will be able to preload the game as follows: Sunday 3pm BST in Europe; Monday 3am EST in the US
â€” Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 13, 2013
@ke9ine the earlier announcement was incorrect.
â€” Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 14, 2013
“Grand Theft Auto 5” will be available in stores and online on Tuesday for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 (PS3).