Grand Theft Auto V (PC) Delayed Until March 24, 2015

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2015 - 04:20 AM |
Tagged: GTA5, GTA Online, consolitis

The fifth major release of Grand Theft Auto was launched sixteen months ago on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, without the PC. Eventually, Rockstar announced next-gen versions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which explained why the PC was missing before: it was considered a next-gen platform. Those platforms launched a year after the initial release, but the PC was pushed into January 2015. Now it has been pushed again, into late March (the 24th to be precise).

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It's not like we're not trying!

Again, I hope that the extra time will be worth it -- and it might be, too. The game was overwhelmingly successful from a sales standpoint, but Grand Theft Auto Online (its multiplayer component) was criticized for a wide range of issues: service connectivity, glitches including loss of characters and progression, and some even claim a lack of content. Maybe, just maybe, it will be polished by the time it gets to us. And hey, Rockstar even claims that it will launch with Heists (which could be considered a running joke in itself).

They also claim that Grand Theft Auto Online for the PC will support 30 players. Nice.

The system specifications were also released, and they're fairly modest (unlike other recent titles). At a minimum, you will need a 64-bit OS with 4GB of memory and 65GB of drive space, which might be a stumbling block for some. Besides that? Core 2 Quad Q6600 and a GeForce 9800 GT. Its recommended specs push the CPU up to an Ivy Bridge Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 660.

It is interesting to see that only quad cores (or higher) are supported, but fairly old ones. Unless something like Far Cry 4 happens, there should be plenty enough performance in a dual-core Pentium Anniversary Edition to keep up. Hopefully Rockstar doesn't error-out machines if they do not detect at least four threads.

Source: Joystiq

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January 14, 2015 | 08:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Its a confusing time , one hand I dont want more things like the fall releases (things that dont work) but I also feel they should have had more then enough time now and would like to know exactly what the push back is for.

January 14, 2015 | 11:58 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Either you get games when they are ready or you get unfinished games with release dates dictated by marketing. Pick one.

You cannot have your cake and eat it too.

January 14, 2015 | 12:22 PM - Posted by nathanddrews


It's a sad state of affairs where we now expect games that meet their release dates to be incomplete and buggy and games that are delayed to be simply "good".

January 14, 2015 | 02:46 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Or there is always that third route; refuse to buy it.  Looking at you too watch_dogs

January 14, 2015 | 04:49 PM - Posted by nathanddrews

I always take the third route until it's $5 on Steam. :-)

January 14, 2015 | 09:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

as long as it runs great idk
almost all games are rushed and run like crap almost never patched correctly

January 14, 2015 | 11:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm all for games being pushed back if they need more time to be finished and polished.

January 14, 2015 | 11:26 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"polish" is not a reason. For all we know they could just be holding it longer to try and get more console sales, or they just didnt get around to actually working on the game till late

January 14, 2015 | 01:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Or, it could very well be that by "polish" they really are putting some finishing touches on the game to make it just that much better.

January 14, 2015 | 11:53 AM - Posted by Ophelos

I'm happy for push backs to make sure we get a much better PC game.

Hell i wouldn't care if they pushed it back 6 months.

January 14, 2015 | 12:03 PM - Posted by Chaitanya Shukla

With Gta-4 rockstar had priced the PC version of that game in India for just 500INR(complete edition with both the DLC was priced at 650Rs)~US$10 upon release. That aggressive pricing of PC version meant the rate of piracy was down to whole new level. I hope Rockstar does the same with GTA-V. Also requirements of the game are quite reasonable.

January 15, 2015 | 03:46 AM - Posted by Branthog

Are heists available on console, yet? I bought GTA 5 almost a year and a half ago and it had online multi-player heists advertised on the back of the game case and I had become long since bored of the game and its multi-player and put it back in the case and the case back in a stack of games and then lost where the hell it went to from there... while heists still didn't exist.

January 15, 2015 | 08:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

got delayed alot, according to their recent blog, will be a few weeks before the new PC release date

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