I just sent the following message to Rockstar Support.
Good afternoon.I am an Xbox owner. The age of my Xbox is approximately 6 years old. It is a replacement Xbox that Microsoft provided after my original Xbox died due to "Red Ring of Death". The box does not have an HDMI port.After purchasing the game last Tuesday, I had no problems installing the game onto the harddrive. Once disc 1 was installed, I inserted disc 2 as prompted. From there I was able to play the introductory mission without any issues. I watched the opening credits. The game continued just fine during the cut scene transition between Michael and Franklin. It was during the driving portion of Franklin's 1st mission that I experienced my first game freeze.When the game freezes, everything locks up. If the rumble pack in the controller was vibrating, it continues to vibrate. The silver Xbox button on the controller does not work and therefore I cannot return to the homescreen/dashboard. The only way out of the freeze is by pressing the power button on the Xbox console.Once rebooting, the Xbox starts up just fine without any issues. When I attempt to play GTA V after a freeze/crash, I start right at the start of Franklin's 1st mission. After the mission starts and the driving begins, the game usually freezes/crashes as described above within 30 seconds to 5 minutes.When the game is working, it looks beautiful. It plays great and the frame rate is smooth. No issues with objects loading in late. I don't hear my Xbox working any harder than it normally does with other games. The game freezes/crashes feel very abrupt and random with no obvious reasons.Since this has started, none of my other games have had any issues. all of my older games run just fine. My Xbox is not on the verge of dying.I started a thread on the offical GTA Forums two days ago describing the same issues as I have described in my letter.The link is: http://gtaforums.com...ns-1st-mission/Since my posting, the thread has gotten over 7,670 views and received over 177 replies. Large part of the thread discussion has been observing similar issues on a large number of Xbox owners and attempts of troubleshooting this issue. Please read this thread. Please acknowledge this issue. Please comment on this issue and tell us what you are doing to fix it. We may be a small minority of players that could be easy to overlook, but we are Xbox owners that deserve to know what Rockstar is doing to support us.Thank you,MeatButcher
Found this website yesterday after trawling the internet for someone with the same problem as me and have read every post. Was relieved to find there were many people in the same position. The issues that you have been describing are exactly the same as mine. Initially when I purchased the game and it froze, I thought it was just the game so I returned it to online retailer and purchased another copy in a store. I quickly found out that the game wasn't the problem. I initially managed to get through a few missions using both copies of the game but since having tried to delete and reinstall everything a couple of times to see if this would fix the problem, I'm now stuck on Franklin's 1st mission and always freezes on the journey in the car towards Vespucci beach.