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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  • TrevorFan

    No way in hell would I wait. You buy the game for $60 now and then sell it, and buy it for the X1, PS4 or PC if you want when those versions are released. Might cost you $30 NET or something like that. Totally worth it!!

  • Roger Manning

    If I ended up with the game on two systems them so be it!

  • Anonymous

    1.The game already runs good just by looking at the gameplay. Graphics wouldn’t change much either, just some high-resolution textures will be included, just like with GTA 4.
    2.This game is a good way to end this generation of consoles.
    3.Sales would barely change. No point in hiring more people just for a port that won’t lead to much sales.
    4.Huge amounts of people have consoles..and they’re not that expensive either. Also, the game is coming out 2 months before next-gen consoles. Enough time for you to play the game before you decide to sell your console.
    5.Xbox One will not allow you to mod games…ever. You want to mod a game? Then wait 8 months for it to come out on the PC.

    20-25% of those people are either PC players or a bunch of graphic whores who can’t deal with a good looking game, so they want something even better like Watch Dogs or Division. Not to mention that all the demos at E3 were shown on the PC so people thought that it was those next-gen consoles that they were going to play on at the end of the year.

    At the end of the day, there isn’t going to be anything that much better and people will still buy it on consoles. It’s the most anticipated game of the year after all. There are 15% of PC players and 5-10% of graphic whores that want to play the game on next-gen consoles…even though there wouldn’t be much difference at all.

    • Dohv

      And most people who don’t want GTA V to release on Next Gen consoles are broke bitches that can’t afford to get a PS4/XB1 until there’s a price drop.

      • Anonymous

        No, because there’s no point in waiting for another year for a game that has been in the making for so long. If the game was coming out on the PS4, I’d buy it, but it’s not. Millions of people are not going to wait any longer.

  • MichekyD

    Not waiting. Waited 5 years already.