Last night, at the GTA V midnight launch, I thought to myself “why didn’t I just pre-order from PSN?”. It would’ve only been £10 more, allowed me to skip queueing in the cold heart of Paisley at that unreasonable hour, and would be ready to go as soon as the clock struck twelve.
It appears as though that’s not the case though – PlayStation fans have taken to the official community forums to air their grievances over the issues plaguing the PSN launch. Firstly, as we reported a few days ago, the pre-load time was moved back a few days. Now, however, it appears some people can’t install the title and others are getting an “unavailable before start date” message.
“I should have known better” says forum user Kotatsu2000, having struggled with installation bugs for both inFamous and Puppeteer before, continuing “I now have an 18gb file sitting on my PS3′s HD which is good for nothing.”
I feel for the guy, he’s avoiding a torrent of swear words as some others seem to be doing and he’s essentially paid £50 for a digital dud. Although downloading again should fix things, it’s still not the smoothest of launches – it might take him days for another 18GB download and he’ll miss out on all the fun.
He’s not alone, with a few others in the thread complaining about the issues. And those issues aren’t alone, either – shadybanks reported in another thread that despite it being almost 2am, he was still receiving an “unavailable before start date” message. Along with this, two others hopped in on the post, one at near 9am this morning, who after 30 minutes on hold had his problem pushed to head office.
If the discs we bought at midnight at GAME didn’t work or if the game boxes weren’t working, there would be an outrage, no matter how few were affected, so this should be a big deal. We’re not ready for an all-digital future just yet, as the PS4 can’t promise to fix all of these errors.
UPDATE: Sony have said that users affected by these issues have to wait until 4pm, and then to retry the download. That’s an 18GB download from 4pm today. With PSN’s struggling speeds, I can see a lot of angry people having to wait a long time before they can play the game.