The numbers: could you wait for GTA V on PC, PS4 or Xbox One?

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A lot of people would like Rockstar Games to announce the development of Grand Theft Auto V for both the PC and next-generation consoles (the PS4 and the Xbox One). The evidence of this is overwhelming – from the change.org petition with over 280,000 signatories, to numerous forum posts, and even comments on this very website. Notwithstanding the game not having been released on current-gen consoles (Xbox 360 and PS3) gamers want to see it on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and also the PC as soon as possible.

The reasons why there is demand for GTA V on these platforms are pretty obvious, but we’ll run through the main ones anyway:

  1. The game should look and run better.
  2. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are old consoles, at the end of their lifecycles, and conversely GTA 5 is an epic game at the beginning of the next “GTA lifecycle”.
  3. Why not make it for Xbox One and PS4? It will mean more sales and profits for Take-Two (Rockstar’s parent company).
  4. Not everyone has a PS3 or Xbox 360, but a lot of people have a PC (and some will be selling their current-gen consoles to buy a next-gen console).
  5. You should be able to mod the PC version of the game (and maybe even the Xbox One version, according to Major Nelson).

The official line from Rockstar on the issue has remained consistent throughout:

We don’t have anything to share about the possibility of a next-gen or a PC platform release [of GTA V] at this time.

GTA 5 Cheats has also covered other, “less official” reasons in the past. These included demand for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions being high enough already (ie those consoles have a massive install base against what will be a comparatively limited base for the X1 and PS4, initially) and that the current-gen console hardware is more than enough to handle GTA V. We also found this little gem which seemed to indicate that a PC version of GTA V was already in the works.

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So why hasn’t Rockstar announced GTA V for any other platforms yet? The truth is that it would cannibalize sales on the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 and ultimately lead to lower sales and profits. Long term, Rockstar and Take-Two are better off delaying any announcement until a future date (perhaps when sales on current-gen consoles drop off).

Anyway, we wanted to run our own surveys to see whether the announcement of PC, PS4 or Xbox One versions of GTA V now would effect gamer’s decisions to purchase the game on current-gen consoles. Over 320 votes later (a decent sample size, we reckon) and the results are as follows:

If GTAV was announced for Xbox One/PS4 with a release date six months after the Xbox 360/PS3 release, would you hold off purchasing?

Yes: 26% | No: 74%

If GTAV was announced for PC with a release date six months after the Xbox 360/PS3 release, would you hold off purchasing?

Yes: 26% | No: 74%

If GTAV was announced for PC with a release date one year after the Xbox 360/PS3 release, would you hold off purchasing?

Yes: 17% | No: 83%

If GTAV was announced for Xbox One/PS4 with a release date one year after the Xbox 360/PS3 release, would you hold off purchasing?

Yes: 21% | No: 79%

So, it appears that between 20% to 25% of people would be prepared to wait for GTA V to be released on a next-generation console or the PC if such a thing was announced today. As you can see the number prepared to wait dropped the longer out the release date of the next-gen/PC version was, but just under 20% of respondents were still willing to wait for a whole year (or so they said)! We seriously doubt we’d have the willpower to wait six agonizing months in order to purchase the game on a newer system or the PC, but it appears that other people think they could do it. How about you – could you wait out a minimum of six months for GTA 5 to be released on your preferred platform if you knew it was 100% confirmed?

It’s also interesting to note that the survey somewhat corrects a statement previously made by Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take Two. He said the following:

There is not one gamer who’s going to sit it out on GTA V hoping there’s something down the road that’s better.

Hate to say it Strauss, but everyone knows there’s something better down the road… and some would even be prepared to wait for it!

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