GTA IV recommended PC specifications released, game delayed?

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By Chris | 30th Oct 2008 at 21:36 GMT in GTA IV | 36 Comments
Following on from their hands-on preview earlier, IGN have released the official minimum and recommended PC specifications for GTA IV. They did it at the same time as officially (sort of) announcing that the game will be delayed, as was rumoured recently due to many online retailers pushing back the date to 2nd December.
There's no word directly from Rockstar yet, but we suspect IGN has better sources than Amazon. We'll keep you updated if we hear anything from R* on the matter.

Minimum System Requirements
  • OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz
  • Memory: 1.5GB, 16GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900
Recommended System Requirements
  • OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista)
  • 18 GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI 3870
Still not sure if your PC is up to the job? Check our helpful forum thread. For convenience, the specs will be permanently on our GTA IV system requirements page, to save you having to find this news post.

Link: IGN
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TM™ 30th October, 2008 @ 21:40 - Permalink

Following on from their hands-on preview earlier, IGN have released the official minimum and recommended PC specifications for GTA IV. They did it at the same time as officially (sort of) announcing that the game will be delayed, as was rumoured recently due to many online retailers pushing back the date to 2nd December.
There's no word directly from Rockstar yet, but we suspect IGN has better sources than Amazon. We'll keep you updated if we hear anything from R* on the matter.

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz
  • Memory: 1.5GB, 16GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900
Recommended System Requirements
  • OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista)
  • 18 GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI 3870

Still not sure if your PC is up to the job? Check our helpful forum thread.

Link: IGN


w00t.

I can run it. Haha. I have a Core 2 Quad Processor, with the exact same speed. Hmm, 18GB is quite massive. In fact, it's biggest I've seen, I think. Graphics card can handle it too, which is ftw.

Hell, this is gonna be an awesome experience. :D
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Chris 30th October, 2008 @ 21:51 - Permalink
Ah fuck. Gotta clear out my C drive, move some of my shit into my other hard drives. I still have like 1TB free space but it's only semi-organised. C drive is nearly full!

I'll be fine running it but I'm no longer so sure about running at 1680x1050 on max settings :/
It's been a long time since I had a look at graphics cards, anyone know how well my nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 320MB squares up to the recommended nVidia card there, as I've no idea? BTW it also utilises shared VRAM or some shit, dxdiag says total video RAM is 1.9GB, which leaves me with 2.1GB actual RAM free for the game. Sort of. :)
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GTA Don 30th October, 2008 @ 22:02 - Permalink
What? Rockstar, you can't be fucking serious. A quad core? Bull. I bet you that you'd be able to run it nicely on an E4600.
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Chris 30th October, 2008 @ 22:06 - Permalink
Not at max settings you wouldn't.
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chris82 30th October, 2008 @ 22:58 - Permalink
An 8800 will no doubt play the game with everything you have, Chris.

Also, sucks for single-core users!

Gotta upgrade mah RAM!
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Huckleberry Pie 31st October, 2008 @ 00:31 - Permalink

An 8800 will no doubt play the game with everything you have, Chris.

Also, sucks for single-core users!

Gotta upgrade mah RAM!


Same, too. Maybe if I swap processors from the other PC that I built; it has a 2.2Ghz C2D, buy another stick and an 8600GT (or a 9600GSO), then I can run it even on low or medium.
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GTA Don 31st October, 2008 @ 10:09 - Permalink
Well, at least now I know what to get if I buy a new PC. Anyone think a 3 year old Compaq with a HD 3450, Sempron 3000+ will run it on low?
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Lonewᶲlf 31st October, 2008 @ 11:33 - Permalink
Well i barely pass the minimum requirements. Lets hope the game works, at least on medium.
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Chris 31st October, 2008 @ 12:11 - Permalink
Lol I doubt it, you don't even pass the minimum? You do realise that the minimums are basically another way of saying "this is what you require to run the game smoothly on low settings" - so you'll probably run it, but on the lowest settings, and it won't be that smooth.
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Gycu 31st October, 2008 @ 13:07 - Permalink
Hahahaha! Looks like I won't be playing GTA 4 this time, 2 years spent on forums for nothing. :((( :cry:
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Scott. 31st October, 2008 @ 13:30 - Permalink
Dude, save up for a 360, the arcade version isn't that expensive anymore.
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Deji 31st October, 2008 @ 13:44 - Permalink
Lol... They said San Andreas wouldn't run on anything lower than 512MB too. And that it needs a videocard installed. But my friend manages to play it with 256MB RAM, a crappy processor and an on-board 'Sis' videocard or w/e it's called xD
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claude-5 31st October, 2008 @ 13:47 - Permalink
kl my new system should run on medium-low

intel Xeon Quad Core X5355 2.66 GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM
nvidia geforce 9600GT 512MB
500GB HDD
windows XP x64
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Unkn0wn 31st October, 2008 @ 13:59 - Permalink
A great Topic Chris.

My Computer will run it just fine :)
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Spider-Vice 31st October, 2008 @ 14:51 - Permalink

Following on from their hands-on preview earlier, IGN have released the official minimum and recommended PC specifications for GTA IV. They did it at the same time as officially (sort of) announcing that the game will be delayed, as was rumoured recently due to many online retailers pushing back the date to 2nd December.
There's no word directly from Rockstar yet, but we suspect IGN has better sources than Amazon. We'll keep you updated if we hear anything from R* on the matter.

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz
  • Memory: 1.5GB, 16GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900
Recommended System Requirements
  • OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista)
  • 18 GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI 3870

Still not sure if your PC is up to the job? Check our helpful forum thread.

Link: IGN


w00t.

I can run it. Haha. I have a Core 2 Quad Processor, with the exact same speed. Hmm, 18GB is quite massive. In fact, it's biggest I've seen, I think. Graphics card can handle it too, which is ftw.

Hell, this is gonna be an awesome experience. :D

Me too!
Core 2 Quad FTW! :P

I can run it! YAY!
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chris82 31st October, 2008 @ 19:27 - Permalink

Lol... They said San Andreas wouldn't run on anything lower than 512MB too. And that it needs a videocard installed. But my friend manages to play it with 256MB RAM, a crappy processor and an on-board 'Sis' videocard or w/e it's called xD


There is absolutely no way that a game of this quality of graphics will run on integrated graphics.

kl my new system should run on medium-low

intel Xeon Quad Core X5355 2.66 GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM
nvidia geforce 9600GT 512MB
500GB HDD
windows XP x64


If by medium-low you mean very high, then yes.
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claude-5 31st October, 2008 @ 19:36 - Permalink

kl my new system should run on medium-low

intel Xeon Quad Core X5355 2.66 GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM
nvidia geforce 9600GT 512MB
500GB HDD
windows XP x64


If by medium-low you mean very high, then yes.


but, will i get a constant frame-rate on high?
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Spider-Vice 31st October, 2008 @ 20:13 - Permalink
What about my specs?

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 2.40Ghz
Memory: 3GB
GFX Card: nVidia GeForce 8500GT (512MB)
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Chris 31st October, 2008 @ 20:15 - Permalink

kl my new system should run on medium-low

intel Xeon Quad Core X5355 2.66 GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM
nvidia geforce 9600GT 512MB
500GB HDD
windows XP x64


If by medium-low you mean very high, then yes.


but, will i get a constant frame-rate on high?

Definitely. Nice PC you have there.

What about my specs?

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 2.40Ghz
Memory: 3GB
GFX Card: nVidia GeForce 8500GT (512MB)

Should be fine with that. You'll run it smoothly on pretty high settings
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Spider-Vice 31st October, 2008 @ 20:29 - Permalink

What about my specs?

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 2.40Ghz
Memory: 3GB
GFX Card: nVidia GeForce 8500GT (512MB)

Should be fine with that. You'll run it smoothly on pretty high settings

Great. I was afraid that the 8500GT wouldn't "do it".
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Chris 31st October, 2008 @ 20:36 - Permalink
Well the recommended is only the version above yours so it's not like there's huge differences. Granted you may not be able to play with everything on max but shouldn't be too far off.
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Spider-Vice 31st October, 2008 @ 20:41 - Permalink
Let's see if I can play with the traffic density on max :P
(Yes, according to IGN you can change it lol)
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claude-5 31st October, 2008 @ 21:08 - Permalink

Definitely. Nice PC you have there.


thanks chris :D
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WRX22B1998 31st October, 2008 @ 22:35 - Permalink
hmmmm

me thinks i will get a ps3 instead, cos its abit cheaper :P

bloody pc part prices have skyrocketed here (core 2 e8400 was 200, now 260) cos of exchange rate of course.

ps3 will still be like $700...and will always work on these games no matter what :) until ps4? heh
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Spider-Vice 2nd November, 2008 @ 13:51 - Permalink
Umm... I just saw something at GTAForums. Some people say that IGN says "21st November" in UK and some other places too. They do say "3rd December" in USA too...
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chris82 2nd November, 2008 @ 14:57 - Permalink
No, they probably just haven't updated that section. If it's coming out in the U.S. on the 2nd, that implies it will come out on the 5th in Europe, since that's how Rockstar traditionally releases GTA.
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Gycu 2nd November, 2008 @ 21:44 - Permalink
IGN, Gamespot & Wikipedia ( to say at least ) are all saying 21st November for EU/AU and 2nd December for US ... Is it a rule the US must get it first? Plus the PC gaming market in the US is weaker than the EU one so I see no reason why for the first time european people get the game first.
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chris82 2nd November, 2008 @ 22:37 - Permalink

IGN, Gamespot & Wikipedia ( to say at least ) are all saying 21st November for EU/AU and 2nd December for US ... Is it a rule the US must get it first? Plus the PC gaming market in the US is weaker than the EU one so I see no reason why for the first time european people get the game first.


I'm saying they haven't updated it yet; Rockstar simply hasn't mentioned the delay will affect Europe too. Since there is no official word, it's against Wikipedia policy to change it. However, it's the way Rockstar traditionally does it and there is no reason why the European release date would stay the same as it was before and the U.S. date get pushed back nearly two weeks.
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Bulletproofboy 2nd November, 2008 @ 22:46 - Permalink
what's the difference between Nvidia Geforce 8400 GT(mines 8400) with 8500 GT?

my cousins is 9800GX2
will it run on that 512mb or 1 gig not sure i will play round his house
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chris82 2nd November, 2008 @ 22:52 - Permalink
They're both bad video cards, there is little difference. Try to get a 9600 if you're looking for a pretty cheap nVidia card.
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Gycu 3rd November, 2008 @ 16:11 - Permalink
Kinda weird, if they delayed the EU version too why didn't they mention it when they revealed the US delay? It doesn't make much sense IMO.
On 30th October they announced the delay for the US, why wait one week or two to announce the EU delay :| It's not too hard to say something like that.
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claude-5 3rd November, 2008 @ 22:59 - Permalink
R* north is in the UK, so the delay for US only could be possible IMO, but I still think its doubtful
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TM™ 4th November, 2008 @ 11:05 - Permalink
If you ask me, it's just a mistake, I think it was suppose to be the other around. Well, I don't really want it that way. :P But probably once we get word from T2, then we'll know, I guess.
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Huckleberry Pie 4th November, 2008 @ 12:41 - Permalink

They're both bad video cards, there is little difference. Try to get a 9600 if you're looking for a pretty cheap nVidia card.


I'm into getting one, although I might pick up an 8600 since it's cheaper...
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chris82 4th November, 2008 @ 15:54 - Permalink

Kinda weird, if they delayed the EU version too why didn't they mention it when they revealed the US delay? It doesn't make much sense IMO.
On 30th October they announced the delay for the US, why wait one week or two to announce the EU delay :| It's not too hard to say something like that.


That's just the way Rockstar has traditionally released their games. If it was released in Europe two weeks earlier (which isn't going to happen) it would surprise me.


R* north is in the UK, so the delay for US only could be possible IMO, but I still think its doubtful


It doesn't matter, Rockstar North which developed GTA IV is in the UK yes, but most of the work related to the PC version is happening in North America. The port to the PC is being handled by Rockstar Toronto in Canada and the publishing and prep-work is done by Rockstar NYC. Testing is likely being done by both Toronto and Lincoln.
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Commodore64 4th November, 2008 @ 19:13 - Permalink
what about my PC?

Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 6000+ 3.0 GHz
4 Gigs of RAM
Video- NX8800GT 512mb

i run gta 4 on low/medium/high?

thanks. :lolbounce:

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