After a ton lot of Rumours, News, Anticipations & a whole lot of feelings for gamers, Grand Theft Auto 5 is finally out for PC. How have Rockstar gone about developing the ultimate version of the game? I have only one word, it is still a masterpiece! The team working on the PC version of the game had a large percentage of the original Grand Theft Auto team augmented by members of the Rockstar studios that specialise in PC development. These were the developers who had worked on the PC versions of GTA 4, Max Payne 3 and LA Noire. Many of them are Rockstar veterans.
So, before moving ahead we should first take a look at its 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
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
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)
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
GTA V for PC pushes Los Santos and Blaine County to even greater levels of detail, running at 1080p and 60fps with up to 4K resolution and support for up to triple monitor configurations, as well as NVidia 3D Vision for up to triple monitor setups. To run the game on a 4K display at 30fps, you’ll need at minimum an AMD HD 7870 or NVidia GTX 760 with 2GB of VRAM. To be able to run the game at 4K resolution at 60fps you’ll need a high-end SLI or Crossfire setup.
All the effects that compose our lighting (reflection, ambient occlusion, skin and post effect) are higher quality and higher resolution (where settings permit), which gives the PC version a smoother and more detailed picture.
For PC players who lack the hardware to fully exploit GTA V’s 4K capabilities Rockstar assures me 1080p is achievable with average specifications, and that the game is optimised to look and perform well on a wide range of machines. Rockstar has also baked in a wide selection of options that players can fiddle with in order to either increase performance or visual fidelity, one of which is a city density slider which allows us to determine just how bustling streets and footpaths are and how busy the city can be around us at any given time.
There are 3 reasons why the PC version is the best GTA V edition :-
1. Director Mode
For the truly ambitious virtual filmmakers, Grand Theft Auto V offers the Director mode. This suite of tools used alongside the Rockstar Editor allows players to set up their own scenes, placing characters, pedestrians, and animals wherever in the world they want. Once you have your scene outlined, you can tweak the mood by altering the weather, wanted status, time of day, and pedestrian/traffic density. After your scene is established, the mode gives you the option to trigger various gestures and character-specific dialogue clips to play out your ad hoc vignette.
2. Fully Functional GTA Online
When players originally bought Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, they had to wait two weeks before Grand Theft Auto Online debuted. The wait was even longer for the promised online heists, which finally launched a few weeks back. PC players won’t have to endure the same piecemeal rollout.
On day one, PC players who log into GTA Online will already have access to all of the DLC Rockstar has pumped into the console versions. This includes the popular heists, which you can read about here. If you already were playing GTA V on your old or new console, you can transfer your character to the PC version if you wish. The game provides customization options for textures, shaders, water quality, grass, particles, tessellation, reflections, and city density so you can optimize your experience.
3. Custom Soundtracks
It may not be the Spotify integration we were hoping for, but Rockstar is letting players make their own radio station using music files on their computer. After putting copies of song selections into a specific folder, you can listen to them on the Self Radio station. An auto scan will identify new songs as you add them upon starting the game.
Players have a few different options for listening to these custom soundtracks. You can play them sequentially, shuffle the collection, or have Rockstar integrate them into a radio experience complete with commercial breaks, station IDs, bumpers, and banter between DJs Cliff Lee and Andee, who you may remember from Lips 106 in Liberty City Stories. In the pause menu you can choose whether you want to have the songs play in the order you have them in the folder or to let the game analyze the collection and build a playlist order.
Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC is a masterwork. Its world is a truly astonishing achievement in so many ways, and this version is the best way to experience it. If you missed GTA 5 before, it’s absolutely a game that has to be played. Whether it’s worth buying a third time is entirely dependent on whether you’re interested in replaying the same game again – and only you can answer that. But I’m glad to have had a reason to revisit it twice, and am happy to find it even more and more impressive than it was before.