Grand Theft Auto is one of the most successful gaming series of all time. However, PC gamers have been shafted over the last few releases of Grand Theft Auto. They were forced to wait about a year for a PC port for Grand Theft Auto IV, for example, and when that port finally arrived, it was filled with bugs and graphical problems.
Rockstar looks to be taking the Grand Theft Auto V PC release a little more seriously. And apparently, Rockstar won’t make us PC gamers wait over a year for it to be released. A recent announcement from an Nvidia exec let slip that PC gamers may not get to experience GTA V in all its high resolution glory just a few weeks after the game is first released on consoles.
The comment was made during an earnings call, where senior director of investor relations Chris Evenden said that:
“The PC market is evolving…sales of specialty PCs like gaming systems and work stations continue to grow…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.”
The full statement can be read here.
PC gamers were worked into a frenzy after the news broke. However, Nvidia was quick to calm everyone down. They released a statement stating that:
“Please note, during our Thursday’s earnings call, our investor relations team provided a list of important games that gamers are looking forward to on PC this fall, and included Grand Theft Auto V on that list…this statement was made with the intent of expressing enthusiasm for the games industry in general, and was not intedned to represent specific knowledge possessed by NVIDIA. NVIDIA does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error.”
Still, we can’t help to speculate that Nvidia knows something we don’t. They’re just saving face for when Rockstar announces the official release date next week, right? And if GTA V looks that good on consoles, it’s going to look unbelievable on PCs in high resolution.
Meanwhile, PC Gamer calculated that, based on past trends, PC gamers would have to wait until around April 17, 2014 for a PC release date of Grand Theft Auto V. Who’s right? We’ll have to wait a few months to find out.