GTA 5 PC Is the "Ultimate" Version

We talk with Rockstar North about GTA 5's long-awaited PC edition, which the studio calls the "ultimate" version of the game.

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The PC edition of acclaimed open-world game Grand Theft Auto V was originally scheduled to launch in fall 2014 alongside the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions. But developer Rockstar Games delayed the project multiple times before finally settling on an April 14 worldwide release date. GameSpot recently had the chance to speak with Rockstar North about this protracted development, and why the delays were necessary to deliver an experience that meets--and possibly exceeds--PC players' expectations.

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"It comes down to bandwidth," Rockstar Toronto lead gameplay designer John Macpherson said about why GTA V is coming to PC so much later than the other editions. "We want each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be, and that means having the core members of the original GTA V team working closely with the best PC developers from across all Rockstar studios--the same crew that did great work on the PC versions of Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire, and GTA IV."

"Essentially, a large portion of the team that worked on GTA V for PS3 and Xbox 360 also worked on the PS4 and Xbox One versions and all of the GTA Online content, including Heists. Since the new generation console versions and the PC version share similar architecture, the team also continued to work on the PC version," he added. "With each version adding features and requiring the focus of the same key people, that takes time. However, the result is a PC version that draws from a huge pool of knowledge inside the team to deliver a game of the highest possible quality in every way. We're really excited for people to play GTA V on PC; it is the ultimate version of an amazing game."

Another reason the PC edition of GTA V has taken so much time to arrive comes down to Rockstar working hard to ensure the open-world game not only runs well on high-end machines, but also lower-spec rigs.

"Our focus was to make the game run well on a wide range of hardware so that as many people could experience the game as possible," Rockstar North said. "In order to do that we spent a lot of time working on making various different aspects of the game scalable and accessible to the player. There are over 25 parameters you can tweak that can optimize graphics and performance. The game will automatically optimize the settings for your hardware when you first start it up, but you have a great deal of freedom."

Check out GameSpot's previous story on GTA V's extensive PC graphics options to learn more.

In addition, Rockstar North said that GTA V's Rockstar Editor, a PC-only toolset that will allow players to create gameplay clips and share them with the world, was a "huge addition" that required extra time.

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Rockstar North's Alex Hadjadj, GTA V's technical director for graphics, says players who have held out this long for the PC edition of the game are in for a treat. The PC version will be the best-looking version of the open-world game (provided your PC can handle it), running at 60fps and featuring population density sliders and better depth of field than the console editions.

"The most striking aspect is the ability to run the game at 60 frames per second, and to view the game in 4k resolution," he said. "Other improvements are more subtle--the addition of the population density slider means players can alter the traffic population of the city. Also, when pushing settings at the high end, a lot of the effects in the game, like reflections, skins, or depth of field are more subtle and realistic than on console versions."

Finally, Macpherson addressed the topic of modding for GTA V on PC. He wouldn't say much, but did suggest that any mods that find their way into GTA Online, the game's multiplayer mode, will be removed if they negatively affect the experience.

"Since GTA Online has such a massive and vibrant community, our primary focus is making sure that nothing detracts from that experience or has a negative impact on the overall community of players," he said.

GameSpot's full interview with Rockstar touches on even more subjects, including the developer's thoughts about virtual reality, what keeps the team enthusiastic about working on a project for 5+ years, and lots more. Check out the full interview here.

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Ultimate version with ultimate game crushing bugs.

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@Godlikan:

What bugs? You either a console peasant or own a decade old pc. I have put 115 hours so far into GTA V, finishing main story and currently a level 46 online character and i have had only 1 crash to desktop so far.
Yes the game disconnects from online occasionally but let me tell you its FAR more stable then when it was released on previous gen consoles back in September 2013, i know because i had pre-ordered gta v for ps3 back then.


Steam ID: Mister_Gutsy


So stop spreading baseless rumors or you are just one of those guys who prefer to play on inferior consoles and refuse to buy a pc or just can't afford a decent rig.

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It's funny because console players used to say that we, PC gamers , were jealous of them... that we would never get GTA V to the PC, etc. Now look at them, desperately clinging to the "have fun playing an old game", while they're probably playing it yet... Not to mention that the game will still be getting content, despite being on different platforms, so yeah, nice try with that "old game" BS, because you KNOW you're going to get it nonetheless!


Man... console plebs are hilarious lmao!

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@Eraldus:


Shut up and play your PC version.

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Exactly so pathetic people get what they want and still running their mouths and what's even funny is all the PC master race fellas will love the whole this is the ultimate version statement yet not understand that of course rockstar will say anything to help sell more copies of a game that should have been released long ago when it was on other platforms, it's called business tactics and they know what say and what to do to get more sales. Pc gamers should be getting a discount for having to wait now that's the kind of a$$ kissing I want.

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I enjoyed this game on the 360. Now I look forward to the PC version...after the price comes down in a few years.

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Good to see some devs have balls and tell how it is and not being afraid to piss off the console players

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@Ben-Buja: I agree with what you're saying but why do you think "console players" are gonna get pissed off? Maybe fanboys but not general fans. As a console fan (and PC fan but shut up lol) I totally agree that this is the ultimate version. We're not all assholes you know :D

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Will buy later as steam servers will be flooded. *****GIVE CONNECTION****

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Gamespot should release more articles on how much console players are missing out in GTA V, for example "director mode" that I have been dreaming since the PS3/X360 launch. Oh yeah and let's not forget the 4K and 60fps features that makes sense in 2015. I have 4K TV so why not 4K games?

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They have 60fps on next gen consoles and btw the average gamer and person doesn't care or own a 4K screen so that's far from wanted atm and until

4K prices become reasonable. When 4K is common consoles will offer 4K too buts it's not and not needed atm and in fact most PC and console gamers still play on 1080p not 4K.

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LOL console players can only dream about 4K

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The ONLY real winners here are the people who refused to buy this crap on any platform.


I think it's sad everyone's fighting over this garbage, like homeless people fighting over a cardboard box :(

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@i_p_daily: The ShitBoxOne & Piss4 or over rated! stick with the old system

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@i_p_daily: You know that GTA V is actually the best game ever made in many aspects? It's real achievement in terms of tech on decade old hardware. 8th gen console versions are kinda pointless, but the PC version is another technical marble. Even the actual game absolutely fantastic.

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@snaketus@i_p_daily: Technical marble? I guess you're right marbles was very technical :P


With the amount of problems R* have had with this game, it's hardly a technical marvel.


If you like the game then that's good, I think the game is poor to say the least. Lets just leave it at that shall we.

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Isn't this 75% of an earlier article re posted under a flame bait title? Oh Eddie, never change.

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@i5204: it's his job, I don't blame him.

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The amount of childish people commenting is too high. Seriously PC "elitists" (fanboys) and console fanboys, get over yourselves, no one gives a sh*t.

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@biadesman: You mad BRO get over it son

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@bcoolrob@biadesman: Be cool, Rob. Be cool.

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@biadesman: Indeed. I have bough this game twice. Once on PS3 to experience it day one and now on PC to experience it 4K and 60fps, "the way it's meant to be played".

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Honestly, I'm really glad they delayed the game. There's too many games being released unfinished and ruining the experience (like assassin's creed unity). Great games take time and effort to make.

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@gplayer5: Yep. Too bad this releases about the same time with the new Mortal Kombat, so I have to share my attention.

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Look at some of those hypocrites consoles gamers yapping about the game beeing old but amusingly not minding paying twice for it just because of some graphical improvements. It's the same type of people gawking at remasters, of less than a decade old games, being dumped left and right on the new consoles.

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@frozenuxx: This ^^

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People don't buy it twice on consoles because of the graphical upgrade. They buy only the worthy remastered games again so they can have them all on one machine, the newer machine.

I don't want to have to keep my 360 hooked up when I have an XB1 & PS4 connected as well. Trust me, 99% of console players didn't buy the game again just for the graphics.

And the people that did buy it twice probably waited for the price drop or sale. There wasn't a reason to rush out and get it on day one at full price when you've already played it.

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XBIN VERSION IS SUPERIOR ANY DAY!!!!

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Ultimate fucking version that is released a year and a half later. the fuckers just wanted to make more buck. i won't be surprised if they delay it again on the release day.

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I just hope it can run on this machine I compiled from secondhand parts and held together with duct tape.

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@Attitude2000: It will be fine.

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