I posted a while ago a fix for some EA Sports Demos not having any sound on the PS3. Now I present to you the way that I fixed the freezing issue for my copy of GTA IV on the PS3.
When I first started playing the game on Wednesday, I noticed the game froze but shortly unfroze twice (the length of time was about 30-60 seconds). Everything was well after that up until last night (Friday) when I decided to see what the Multiplayer feature on the cell phone had to offer. Soon after the tutorial began it froze, but this time it was really frozen. I waited about 5-10 minutes before giving up and manually restarting the PS3. I looked online and saw a 12-Step Guide on Gamespot by Take-Two on how to possibly fix the problem.
I noticed two things with the guide… Numero Uno, 12-STEPS??? Numero Dos, DELETE SAVED GAME FILES??? Not to mention all the features that needed to be turned off or lowered such as graphics and the rumble on controllers (not that I have one, but still).
So I did some more research and noticed people that had tried the Multiplayer feature were just then having the problems. So I decided to look for a file in the PS3, below are the steps to remove the Multiplayer Profile for GTA IV and (in my case) unfreeze your game WITHOUT deleting any game or save data or anything else!
1. Start Your PS3.
2. Navigate along the cross media bar until you reach the ‘Game’ tab.
3. Scroll up or down the list until you reach the ‘Save Data Utility’ and press ‘X’ to enter.
4. Locate the GTA IV file with the name ‘Profile’ on it.
5. Highlight this and press triangle once, and from the menu select Delete.
That’s it! In my case, deleting the profile for GTA IV (which relates to the Multiplayer aspect) fixed the freezing and so far after playing a couple of hours I have not had a single issue. This might work for the xbox 360 as well, but since I don’t own one (nor do I know if game files are accessible) I can’t confirm.
Feel free to comment if this worked or didn’t work for you!
UPDATE: I am using the 60GB version of the Playstation 3 purchased in August of 2007.
NOTE: REMEMBER! This is just a temporary fix/hack, Rockstar/Take-Two need to patch this up so that I can try the multiplayer!