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Enter Rockstar’s Custom PC Giveaway


A few days have passed since the launch of GTA V for the PC. Maybe you’ve held off from buying it because you don’t have the right PC build yet, maybe your PC can run GTA V but not at the higher settings you’d prefer, or maybe you’re just interested in getting a great new computer. If any of those situations apply to you, check out Rockstar’s custom PC giveaway.

Rockstar, together with Digital Storm, is giving away a special Velox Custom Performance PC with the GTA V logo on the side. Built with GTA V PC performance in mind, this computer has a 6 core Intel Core i7 processor, Intel’s 750 Series SSD, dual Nvidia Titan X graphics cards, and rigid tube liquid cooling.

It’s an impressive PC, and you have a chance to win it if you enter the giveaway over at the Rockstar Social Club. For more details, check out the official rules. Best of luck to everyone who decides to enter.

GTA V Mods: Possible or Not?

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The PC release of GTA V has been followed by a great deal of controversy over fan-made mods. We’ve discussed potential PC mods for GTA V many times in the past, and recently discussed rumors that Rockstar would try to stop modders. At the time, it seemed as though only GTA Online mods would be blocked, but since then we’ve heard contradictory things.

First, the modder who created the ENBseries reported that “Rockstar did everything to prevent modding of GTA5, so at this moment impossible to do anything via editing game files.”

However, other modders countered his claims, saying that while that particular person may be having problems with his mods, GTA V PC mods are definitely possible.

Since then, some modders have gained access to GTA V’s files, and a few single-player PC mods are already becoming available. It’s unclear if Rockstar will attempt to patch the game to stop these mods from working, but so far it looks as though the Grand Theft Auto modding community is free to act.

Fixes to GTA V PC Installation Errors

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If you bought a digital copy of GTA V for PC and intended to start it as soon as it became available earlier this evening, you may have run into some problems. Players have encountered a few different installation errors so far, and here are some known solutions that might help you.

First, if you bought the game through Steam, it might still claim the game is encrypted, even though it should be unlocked. For most people, simply restarting the Steam client is enough to fix this issue. Once you restart Steam, GTA V will go through a series of steps before it is ready. Some fans have reported the process as taking quite a long time, from 20 or even 40 minutes, while others barely had to wait at all. Once the process is complete, your game should be ready.

Keep in mind, while the installed game only takes up 60 GB of space, it needs twice as much free space while it’s installing.

Once GTA V is installed, an update will also be downloaded. At this point, some players receive another error message. If you receive “Error 1″ while downloading this update, there’s is a patch that fixes the problem, although no official solution has been announced yet.

If you make it through all of these steps, but GTA V gets stuck on a loading screen, restarting the game may allow it to proceed.

Finally, if you get an error message that says “The Rockstar update service is unavailable (code 1)” while installing GTA V, or if the update download stalls, this may actually be a problem with your Windows username. Rockstar has published a table showing the currently accepted characters. If your Windows username contains characters not listed there, you may run into problems. Creating a new account using the allowed characters should allow you to play, and Rockstar is working on a solution.

These are the current solutions and workarounds to the most common GTA V installation errors. If you’re still having problems, let us know in the comments and we’ll see if we can find anything out.

GTA V PC is Now Available

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It is now midnight, April 14, British Summer Time and that means GTA V PC has officially been released! Digital copies are now available from sites like Steam, and if you pre-loaded your copy earlier in the week, it should be ready for you to start playing right now. You may need to restart your Steam client for the game to unlock.

Retailers may still be waiting for April 14 in their time zones, so you might have to wait to pick up the 7-disc physical copy of GTA V. Even so, it won’t be long.

If you’ve already started playing, let us know what you think. If you’re still undecided, reviews and fan feedback should start rolling in soon. The long-awaited PC release of GTA V is here at last!

Take a Look at the Rockstar Editor


One of the new features accompanying the PC release of GTA V is a new video editor. Rockstar hadn’t shared many details about it in the past, but today released a new trailer highlighting the Rockstar Editor. You’ll be able to record and edit footage from both GTA V and GTA Online and then share it with other people.

As you can see, the Rockstar Editor comes with many options you can use: different camera modes, special filters, and more. It also includes Director Mode, so you can make your own little movies in GTA V. For more details, Rockstar has provided a tutorial to help players get started with the GTA V Rockstar Editor.

The Rockstar Editor and the PC version of GTA V comes out tomorrow, although you may be able to play digital copies earlier depending on your time zone. We can’t wait to see your creations.

More PC Screenshots (Under 24 Hours Left!)

With the release of GTA V on PC now less than 24 hours away (I know, we can’t wait either!) it’s only natural for more and more PC gameplay footage and screenshots to become available. Lucky for you, this post is about some new images that should go some ways to making the next few hours that much more bearable. Check out below what you could be playing yourself, on your own PC, in less than a days’ time. Enjoy!

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GTA V PC Release by Time Zone

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GTA V PC comes out in just a few days, on April 14. If you’ve pre-loaded it, you might want to begin playing as soon as possible. GTA V will become available on the PC on April 14 at midnight, but don’t forget to take time zones into account. Its midnight release is for BST, which means some areas will actually get it on April 13.

For example, GTA V PC will go live on April 13 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time, 5:00 PM Mountain Time, 6:00 PM Central Time, and 7:00 PM Eastern Time. To check exactly when you’ll be able to start playing the PC version of GTA V, you can convert times from BST to your time zone here.

Are you excited?

GTA Online Mods Uncertain, Offline Should Be Fine


Mods are one of the biggest attractions for many PC players, and one of the advantages GTA V PC has over the console versions. We’ve discussed in the past potential mods for GTA V once the PC version comes out next week, and some fans have already begun work on GTA V PC mods.

Therefore, fans have been disturbed by a recent rumor that Rockstar intends to stop the modding community. Gamer Heroes has reported that a credible Twitch podcast show, Dropped Frames, suggested in a recent episode that Rockstar is “employing people to stop people doing mods” for GTA V.

However, when Tech Radar asked Rockstar North’s Technical Director Adam Fowler about what PC modders will do with GTA V, Fowler responded:

“The priority for us is maintaining the integrity of GTA Online and making sure that nothing detracts from that experience. We will be working to protect that environment and making sure nothing has a negative effect on the overall community, but we look forward to seeing and hearing about the experiences PC gamers have once the game is in their hands.”

That makes it sound as though Rockstar is concerned with stopping GTA Online mods, but offline single-player mods will be left alone. Since online mods could disrupt the experience for other players, this makes sense, although perhaps a compromise could be reached if mods were allowed on private servers.

If you’ve been looking forward to PC mods for GTA V, don’t lose hope yet. Enough evidence contradicts the anti-modding rumor that we’re hopeful offline mods will be fine.

GTA V PC Uses 7 Discs


At 65 GB, GTA V PC will be a hefty download for those fans who ordered digital copies. What does that mean for players who chose to buy a physical copy of the game? Well, according to an image posted on Reddit, the PC version of GTA V uses 7 discs.

These days, with the increased capacity of discs, a 7-disc game is quite impressive. It shows just how much additional detail has been added. For many fans, having that many discs for a single game may be an annoyance, although others might find it entertaining. To some, it’s just another reason to go digital.

Digital PC gaming has increased in popularity, especially thanks to services such as Steam. However, physical copies still have a strong hold in the market, and there are players who greatly prefer it. If you’re buying GTA V PC, are you getting a digital or physical copy? Let us know in the comments and explain why.

GTA V PC Graphics Options Revealed


The Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTA V already added more options for the camera controls and other features, but if you get GTA V for the PC, you’ll find yourself with a whole host of new graphics options to play around with. Thanks to PC Gamer, we can now take a look at these options to see what GTA V is capable of on the PC.

Not only does it show you how much of your video memory is being used, but you can also tell it to “ignore suggested limits” and change the graphics options beyond what the game automatically sets based on your computer. Next are the standard options you’d expect: screen type, resolution, aspect ratio, refresh rate, and output monitor if you have multiple monitors. It also lets you set your anti-aliasing options, among other things.

Next, a series of sliders let you adjust GTA V’s population density, population variety, and distance quality, along with adjustments to textures, shadows, and other graphics options related to the game environment. These range from “Normal” to “Very High.” You can also adjust motion blur, ambient occlusion, and more.


There’s even a section for “Advanced Graphics” with even more options, if you want to adjust GTA V’s graphics settings further.

Of course, your PC build will determine the graphics options you can run GTA V at, but with so many possibilities, it should be a great experience whether you want to run GTA V at its minimum or push it as far as you can.