GTA 5 PC Release Date Delayed Again, First Screenshots Revealed

Plus, Rockstar reveals minimum and recommended PC requirements.

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The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed for a second time, and is now scheduled to launch March 24, Rockstar Games announced Tuesday. The game was initially scheduled to ship in "Fall 2014", and then in late January.

"Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be," Rockstar said on its social site Rockstar Newswire.

"Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March."

GTA V for PC will also feature a new editing tool called the Rockstar Editor. This will give players a "full suite" of tools that they can use to create and publishing clips to the Rockstar Social Club and YouTube.

Like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions of GTA V, which arrived in November 2014, the PC version will support up to 30 players for GTA Online, the game's multiplayer mode. In addition, the PC edition will include GTA Online Heists, which are due to launch for consoles "in the coming weeks."

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Meanwhile, Rockstar has revealed the recommended and minimum PC specs required to play the open-world crime opus. At minimum, players will need 4GB of memory and a quad core processor that runs at least at 2.5GHz. Rockstar suggests the ideal experience will require 8GB of memory and an Intel core i5 chip (or equivalent), capable of running at 3.2GHz. The install size is 65GB.

Rockstar also says the Windows edition supports up to 4K resolution, 60fps, and triple monitor configurations, as well as NVidia 3D Vision. You can see the first GTA V PC images in the image gallery above.

The breakdown of PC specs, written by Rockstar, is listed below.

Minimum specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
  • HDD Space: 65GB
  • DVD Drive

Recommended specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
  • HDD Space: 65GB
  • DVD Drive

GTA V was originally released in September 2013 for last-generation consoles, shipping 34 million copies. The game launched for current-generation machines in November, and sales are going strong, as GTA V was the second best-selling game of November 2014 in the US.

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