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Official Word on GTA 5 PC Launch Delay


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Grand Theft Auto 5 for the PC is delayed. Yes, it’s official and was confirmed by Rockstar Games themselves just yesterday. What’s the reason though? Well, they’ve made us wait a little longer for that, apparently is just a matter of the PC version of GTA V requiring a little more development time to make it as polished as possible.

Rockstar has sent out this official explanation via the Rockstar Newswire here.

We’re glad to see so many of you are excited for the upcoming release of the new versions of GTAV and we look forward to sharing more details with you soon. We are also incredibly excited to be bringing GTAV to the PC, but the game requires a little more development time in order to ensure that it is as amazing and polished as possible. Please do stay tuned as we reveal new features and information about all the new versions in the weeks ahead.

We think it makes sense for a couple of reasons: (1) PCs are more powerful than even the Xbox One and Playstation 4, so Rockstar might need more time to really get the most out of it in terms of graphics and artwork; and (2) they might also need more time in order to really lock down GTA Online against PC hackers and crackers…

Anyway we expect much more news on all the new platform releases in coming weeks. It’s going to be a very exciting end to the year for gamers, and a great start to 2015 as well!

Mod Brings GTA V Radar and Specials to GTA IV


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You might get the chance to experience some of Grand Theft Auto 5’s new features sooner than you think if GTA IV modder nixolas1 has anything to do with it. He’s the same guy behind the GTA 4 superman mod and is working on bringing a lot of the HUD features from GTA V across to Grand Theft Auto IV.

As you can see in the video below, the radar HUB from GTA V has already been done, as has the new “special abilities” function that each main character will possess in GTA V (along with the requisite specials meter). A GTA V-esque weapon switching wheel is also included in the clip.

With Grand Theft Auto V due out next month a lot of us will be using these new features for real shortly, however it’s cool to see that the GTA modding community is alive and well. In our opinion this only adds to the reasons why GTA V needs a PC version!

GTA V for PC petition reaches over 240,000 signatories


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Most of you probably already know about the change.org petition to have GTA 5 ported over to the PC. If not, check it out here and also see our previous coverage on the matter.

Signatory numbers have been steadily increasing for the petition. It was at 100,000 signatures around the end of November last year, then at 150,000 at the end of February this year. At the time of writing however it’s now cracked over 244,000 signatures! It actually only hit 200,000 just a few days ago, but the press coverage of this fact seems to have sent signatory numbers skyrocketing.

In terms of GTA V actually coming to the PC, there has been a few positive indications lately. The main one being this job posting at Rockstar. There has also been other rumors and LinkedIn profiles pointing to work being done for a PC version of GTA V.

Grand Theft Auto V is otherwise scheduled to be released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 only on September 17 this year. Thank you also to the anonymous source of the (fan-made) wall-paper you can see above.

Petition to Bring GTA 5 to PC Losing Steam


Change.org has proven to be a powerful tool for influencing leaders, lawmakers, celebrities and investors into changing their ways, supporting new ideals, backing vital projects, and giving a voice to those who might otherwise remain voiceless in their battle against injustice and inequality; and then there are the important petitions, like bringing Grand Theft Auto 5 to the PC!

All kidding aside, change.org is a great platform for people to show their support for anything that might be of interest to them, from helping an impoverished area of the world, to helping bring a beloved game to the favored hardware choice of many gamers.

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The change.org petition to bring GTA 5 to the PC was started back in early November 2012, stating that “GTA games have been a large part of so many people’s lives and it’s a big shame not seeing the newest iteration of the game being released on the most powerful platform,” among others oodles of affection for the game.

Within a short couple of weeks that petition had rocketed past the 100,000 signatures mark – a significant plateau to break through. It was hoped such a strong outpouring of support would convince Rockstar to officially confirm or deny its future existence, yet days and weeks passed, and Rockstar neither confirmed nor denied a PC version would be made.

Other rumors have since shot up in the meantime, giving more weight to the probability that a PC version will eventually be released, including Amazon’s French website, which had (and still has) a listing for a PC version of Grand Theft Auto V for 49.99 euros.

Those rumors may have quelled the rush to sign the petition, as the flood of signatures has slowed to the drip-drip-drip of a leaky faucet throughout the past few weeks. That said, it has crawled past the 150,000 signature barrier, and now has the 200,000 figure in its sights – as surely 200,000 signatures will succeed where 150,000 failed, right? Right! After all, Rockstar surely doesn’t want to raise the ire or the hackles of 200,000 potential paying customers. In fact customer hackle raising is surely a prohibited activity as per company policy.

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It took GTA IV seven extra months to make its way to the PC from the home consoles it originally called home (in people’s homes), but it did make its way there; and in the end, the whole idea of petitioning for GTA 5 to make an appearance on the PC is probably a little over-dramatic, as it’s almost certainly going to make its way there in time as well, petition or not. Hopefully without the seven month wait this time though!

Still, every extra little bit of pressure and motivation put on Rockstar to ensure that happens can only help, and so far there are 155,000 extra bits of pressure and motivation… and slowly counting.  If you haven’t done so already, why not head over to change.org and sign up.

One GTA V Version to Rule Them All?


Whenever there’s a major multi-platform release, tongues inevitably waggle as to which platform version will be the best one to get. And when tongues waggle about consoles and their capabilities, fanboy flame wars usually follow, accompanied by all the destructive insult-hurling you can shake two consoles at.

With the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 having been locked in mortal kombat for some years, they’ve had quite a few head-to-head battles, with each side coming out victorious in some cases, and humbled in others. One of those great and mythic battles was courtesy of Grand Theft Auto V’s predecessor itself, GTA IV. As one of the most hyped (and ultimately best-selling) games of all-time, there was fierce debate over which console version was better. In the end, while both versions did a superb job of running the game and were very close technically, most tech and gaming experts gave the edge to the Xbox 360 version (fanboys – you may commence battle in the comment section below).

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At the time however, the PS3 was still in its relative infancy, the game was developed and optimized for the 360, and given that the PS3 was a particularly challenging system to learn on top of that and was no simple task to port a 360-based game to, the results did have to be accompanied with a proverbial pinch of salt. Now years later, as each console nears the end of its glorious gaming lifespan, the battle appears much more even.

Rockstar will definitely be making a more concerted effort to develop the game for both platforms, in such a manner that they may end up being virtually indistinguishable from each other. In fact the early screens and gameplay footage were courtesy of the PS3 version of the game, which tells a good deal about the differences between this new GTA version and the past one.

In the end, the PS3 vs. Xbox 360 battle may be a moot point, as the rumored PC version would have the potential to trump both of them. GTA IV’s PC version was able to deliver vastly superior graphics, sharper textures, render more objects on screen at once, and provide a much greater viewing distance. Of course unlocking that full graphical prowess required a sizable amount of computer horsepower (at least for the time) that not every gamer was able to tap into.

The PC port of GTA IV also came loaded for battle with additional features courtesy of its later release date; an occurrence that will likely repeat itself yet again if (or more likely when) the PC release rumors are proven true. Such features included a replay editor and traffic density control.

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The wildcard is the possible Wii U port. While a Wii U version is unlikely to exceed the PS3/360 versions by much (if anything) graphically, the game could take advantage of the Wii U’s unique hardware to produce additional and creative ways to explore and battle through Los Santos. Grand Theft Auto has not made an appearance on a Nintendo home console to date (however, there have been versions made for the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS).

It’s safe to say that no matter which version of GTA V you snag, it’s going to be an amazing, good looking time. As to which version may technically be the best however, that we’ll have to wait (grrrrr!!) and see.