One of the benefits of creating a game for consoles is the hardware remains a constant platform. For several years the same platform can be targeted, and a new game will play on even the oldest models of that console. Or will it? There’s growing concerns that GTA V is unplayable on older models of the Xbox 360, to the point where it is freezing up and crashing consoles.There’s growing frustration on the unofficial gtaforums.com from gamers who own Xbox 360 consoles manufactured between 2005 and 2009. These consoles typically shipped with 20GB or 60GB hard drives and were the most prone to the Red Ring of Death (RRoD) issue. GTA V isn’t causing any RRoDs as far as I can tell, but it isn’t playable for more than 30 minutes on certain machines.At first the small hard drive size was thought to be the problem, but even older models upgraded to a larger hard drive are experiencing the freezing issue that forces a console restart. And that freezing occurs anywhere from every 5-30 minutes, rendering the game unplayable. The first freeze typically happens during Franklin’s first mission and after the introductory mission and cutscenes.Rockstar is thought to be in the process of gathering information about the freezing while trying to figure out why it is happening. No official solution has been forthcoming yet, but we have just had a weekend so hopefully the issue can be pinpointed and a patch issued to resolve the problem this week. If it’s a problem that can’t be fixed, then Rockstar will have to offer owners with older 360s some way to return the game. I’m pretty sure they’ll come up with a fix, though.