Skip to main content

Rockstar: Grand Theft Auto 5 PC Almost Complete

Rockstar Games recently published a special Asked & Answered session that addressed a number of topics including the status of Grand Theft Auto V on the PC. The good news here is that the game appears to be on track for its January 27 ship date, just over two months after the game made its debut on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in the middle of November.

"We're presently in the final stages of development on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V and hope to have confirmed official system requirements to share soon here at the Newswire, please stay tuned for that to be announced in the coming week," Rockstar reported. "Thank you and we're very excited to bring GTAV to the PC gaming community!"

Rockstar also cleared the air about transferring characters from GTA Online and the four consoles to the PC version. As it stands now, gamers can transfer their progress from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. That same progress can be transferred again from the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to the PC version. For more information, gamers are encouraged to read the transfer information article here.

The Rockstar Q&A confirmed that GTA OnlineHeists will be playable on the PC in addition to the four console versions. The studio also talks about the first-person mode not coming to the older consoles. In essence, there's not enough memory in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to add this feature.

"First Person Mode is a new feature that is only technically possible for us to add to the game with the expanded memory that the new generation platforms provide," Rockstar reports. "There are thousands of new animations added to the game to facilitate First Person Mode, which would have been impossible to do on the previous generation of consoles without seriously compromising the game in some other capacity."

Rockstar reassured its fans that the studio won't focus on first-person games from here on out. While Rockstar loves the response it's received from fans regarding the First Person Mode, the company will remain committed to the third-person experience. However, Rockstar wants to provide gamers with a choice, and a first-person perspective may make its way into a future game.

As Rockstar pointed out, the system specifications for the PC version haven't been released. What do you think the game will require? Based on the First Person Mode details, the game may need lots of RAM… 8 GB perhaps? We shall see. In the meantime, the full Asked & Answered session is here.

Follow Kevin Parrish @exfileme. Follow us @tomshardware, on Facebook and on Google+.

  • mapesdhs
    These days I wouldn't build a gaming PC with less than 8GB RAM anyway.

    Ian.

    Reply
  • dstarr3
    I wouldn't build any computer anymore, gaming or otherwise, with less than 8GB of RAM. It doesn't cost much more than 4GB, and it won't take long before you're thankful you sprang for the extra memory anyway.
    Reply
  • Murissokah
    But will it require us to install a gazillion clients in order to launch it? (Rockstar Social Lounge, GFWL, Steam...). Will it play awfully slow with even with ten times the hardware the consoles had?

    I hope they learned their lesson last time and release a proper product for the PC.
    Reply
  • burdenbound
    Does any one know if you can switch from 1st and 3rd person on the fly or will you have to go into the settings every time you want to change?
    Reply
  • Sohaib
    8 GB RAM for current gaming systems is not "Lots of RAM". I doubt anyone who has built a gaming PC in past 3 or so years have less then 8 GB of RAM. And if you do have less then 8 GB then well its a good time to upgrade.
    Reply
  • HomeandOfficeCS
    Here's hoping the extra time spent to release the PC version was spent on actually optimizing the port....

    I will buy this at full price if it's well done, and not like GTA IV. I really enjoyed GTA V on my 360 before I got rid of that for a gaming laptop.
    Reply
  • AJSB
    Almost for sure will need 8GB RAM and i'm OK with that....i only hope they done a polished port because i really want to play this game.
    Reply
  • soldier44
    2 GTX 980 classifieds, 16gb ram i7 @ 4.8 4K display with 2 x 512gb SSDs yeh I'm ready for it.
    Reply
  • mrmez
    Since when isn't 8Gb enough for 1080 gaming???
    Anything I've been bothered to play this year hasn't even used much over 4Gb.

    There are plenty of reasons to get loads more ram. Photo and video editing, ultra high rez/multi monitor gaming, but not for 1080 or even 1440. Not yet.

    Anyway, hurry up GTA!!!
    Reply
  • jimmysmitty
    14849960 said:
    But will it require us to install a gazillion of clients in order to launch it? (Rockstar Social Lounge, GFWL, Steam...). Will it play awfully slow with even with ten times the hardware the consoles had?

    I hope they learned their lesson last time and release a proper product for the PC.

    Max Payne 3 was their last major PC release and it did not require GFWL but it still had the R* social club as will GTA V.

    14850095 said:
    Does any one know if you can switch from 1st and 3rd person on the fly or will you have to go into the settings every time you want to change?

    It is on the fly. At least that is how the XB1 and PS4 handle it (from videos I have watched).

    In the end though, why is it taking longer to finish for the PC? I honestly do not know why or how, especially with the "next-gen" consoles being pretty much a PC with custom OSes it is not nearly as hard to port data to and from.

    As for the 8GB, if Max Payne 3 needed 16GB (according to recommended) and GTA V is using the same game engine and is instead open world (as opposed to closed world shooter) then I could see 8GB or even 16GB being needed for the maximum settings.
    Reply