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GTA 5 Coming To PC This Fall, NVIDIA Says

By Pete Haas 2013-08-13 11:42:27 discussion comments
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PC gamers hoping to get their hands on Grand Theft Auto V were given another glimmer of hope by NVIDIA today. The hardware company mentioned in their second-quarter fiscal results that the game is coming to PC.

"Sales of specialty PCs like gaming systems and work stations continue to grow," said NVIDIA senior director of investor relations Chris Evenden (via SeekingAlpha). "The disparity reflects how consumers use these different classes of PCs. Many consumers look for PC as a general purpose device they can use for browsing, email, social media video. But much of this can be better served by a tablet. In contrast, gamers are preparing their systems for a strong roster of games coming this fall, including blockbuster franchises, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin's Creed IV."

Telltale signs of a PC version have been appearing ever since the game was first announced on PS3 and Xbox 360. An animator for Rockstar mentioned the platform on his LinkedIn profile. Overseas retailers have been taking pre-orders for a PC edition of the game as well.

As a major PC hardware manufacturer, NVIDIA would be in a good position to find out about a PC release of GTA V. They periodically work with developers to ensure that upcoming games are optimized for their video cards. Cross-promotions, such as bundling video cards with free copies of games, are a regular occurrence as well. If NVIDIA says that GTA V is coming to the PC, it's possible that they know for sure.

NVIDIA might be a bit too optimistic in declaring a fall release, though. It's already mid-August and Rockstar hasn't made a peep about a PC version yet. It seems unlikely they'll announce anything before the PS3 and Xbox 360 launch on September 17th. They've got plenty of things to announce about those console versions this month, including multiplayer details.

"We donít have anything to share about the possibility of a next-gen or a PC platform release at this time and we are completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now," the company said in July.

Considering GTA V's sales potential, there's no reason to surprise fans with a port for their preferred version. They're going to announce the game for PC well before it's coming to stores so they can apply their full marketing muscle to it.

While PC gamers wait for Rockstar to make an official announcement, they're doing everything to get their voices heard. The petition for a PC version now has over 315,000 signatures.


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