Rockstar have taken the decision to delay the PC release of GTA V once again (oh well, it happens to every GTA). This time the date has slipped another two months to the 24th March, reasoning that more time is needed for final testing and polish. Some of the more cynical readers may be aware that this is when Rockstar's fiscal year ends, which pushes GTAV's sales into the next fiscal year... Though one wonders why it wouldn't have been delayed until March in the first place. Regardless of the real reasoning (it's kind of irrelevant at this point), fans will be expecting nothing short of a flawless port now. Judging by the system specs revealed today that might actually be a reasonable expectation. Some recent major titles have had very high spec requirements meaning only the latest powerful computers had a chance of running the game smoothly, but Rockstar seem to be making a decent effort to make sure as many people can play GTA V as possible.
If you have a PC or laptop bought or built within the last year or two you'll most likely be fine, anything older will probably struggle. Specs have been included at the end of this post, but if you're not sure you'll be able to play it, feel free to ask in our forums for suggestions or recommendations.
The first six screenshots of GTA V for the PC have been released in their full 4K resolution. Click the thumbnails to see them in all their glory, they're also on our new dedicated page for GTAV PC screenshots. Be warned if you have a slow connection they'll take a while to load, each screenshot is 5-10MB in size.
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DRM and other requirements
The literal small print tells us that GTA V for PC will unfortunately feature some unspecified DRM and enforce various other requirements, including the need for an internet connection to activate the game, for online play (obviously) as well as periodic entitlement verification. You'll also need a Social Club account.
In a somewhat surprising move from Rockstar today, a big update for the mobile version of Chinatown Wars was released on iOS. The app is now universal - previously Rockstar had separate iPhone and iPad versions - and new features have been added bringing it in line with the company's other mobile releases in the GTA III trilogy. These include support for MFi controllers, retina display, customisable controls, and the app is now optimised for the new iPhone 6 and 6+ devices.
And for the first time ever, Chinatown Wars is now available for Android devices, including Google Nexus Player, Amazon Kindle tablets and Fire phones, and Fire TV. The app is priced at £2.99 ($ 5.99). Initial app ratings from users appear to be largely positive! Links to all versions are below.
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It's that time of the year again! Rockstar have today released another free title update for GTA Online (v1.19 for PS3/360, v1.05 for PS4/XB1), which, like last year, adds a lot of festive goodness. Rather than copy and paste the whole Newswire post here we'll let you head over there to read it in full if you wish, while below we have a quick summary of all the new stuff.
After an entire year of waiting (and complaining), GTA V fans finally got what they've been wanting today when Rockstar revealed heists for GTA Online, due out in an update early in the New Year (for real this time). A short trailer gives us a glimpse of what 4 player co-op teams can expect in the game.
Players [will] plan, prepare and execute multi-tiered Heists across Los Santos and Blaine County. These will require tight communication and coordination, with players taking on specified roles at each point to accomplish multiple objectives on the way to each Heist’s epic finale. Featuring new gameplay, new vehicles, new weapons, new clothing and much more.
For those of you who want to know more about heists, and reasons why you've been waiting for more than a year, head over to IGN for an in-depth interview with GTA Online producer and lead mission designer Imran Sarwar.
TL;DR: Turns out programming heists is really really hard.
The day all new-gen consoles players have been waiting for is here, and by now most of you are probably already busy playing the game. GTA V is now officially out for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles. If you still haven't decided if you want to upgrade, or aren't sure why you should, check out the following links for more information.
Trailers & Video Clips:
Launch Trailer | PS3 to PS4 Comparison | First Person Experience | A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip | Announcement Trailer
Grand Theft Auto Online:
GTA Online Census: The Story So Far | Getting Ready for the Next Generation in Los Santos | What's in Store for GTA Online
Also Check Out:
Over 90 Screens from the PS4 and Xbox One Versions
Details on Exclusive Content for Returning GTAV Players
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