Update: 5/7/2008 Rockstar Games has released an update that is supposed to fix the problems with GTA4 freezing. Versions 1.01 is about 18mb in size and should automatically attempt to install when you start your PS3, assuming that you are connected to the PSN network.
Update: A fix will be available soon according to this post, you should be able to download the update from PSN (here)
5.3.08 – according to a good friend of the page, engles, the problem has been found and he writes:
“Just got off the phone with T2 support. The issue that is causing the freezing is actually two separate issues. One is the network problem that the newer PS3’s are encountering however the older model, launche units are experiencing an entirely different problem. The launch version of PS3’s used a different chip that could run PS2 and PS1 games without emulation. This chip is conflicting with the game code and cause GTA4 to freeze. The T2 representative told me that the fix will indeed not be exclusively in the form of a patch. There will probably be a patch for the issues relating to the network and things that the newer PS3’s are facing however.. the older launch 60GB versions and possibly the 20gb, i didnt ask, will require a firmware upgrade that will allow GTA4 to run on the older chip. This firmware upgrade, he said, could be available anytime between tomorrow morning and “as soon as possible” as he put it. The issue is deffinately being adressed and it seems as though they have found what the problem is. So guys lets hope this works and spread this around because this came directly from my 25 minute conversation with T2 support that I just got finished with.”
Grand Theft Auto 4 has been one of the most anticipated games of the year. I love the GTA series, from the original Grand Theft Auto to Liberty City stories on the PSP so I was really looking forward to experiencing Rockstar’s newest release on the PS3. Imagine my surprise as barely 2 tasks in the game freezes. I chalk it up to code gremlins and reboot. It freezes again and this time it won’t load- total disaster!
There is a solution though, deleting all game files and reinstalling appears to resolve the game locking problem. I haven’t experienced a freeze since, so before you freak out and accept your gaming demise this issue appears to have a workaround.
FWIW: The game was freezing at the basketball courts and bowling scenes early in the game.