Unfortunately, GTAV has gotten delayed again for PC players. April 15 is the new date. From Rockstar:

"Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC. As a gesture of thanks for your understanding, we will grant anyone who has pre-ordered the game an additional $200,000 in-game cash for use in GTA Online."

I'm glad they're delaying it, if not delaying it means that we get a buggy game.

In better news, online heists are hitting March 15!

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 02/24/2015 at 11:34pm

Considering how many high profile games have been launched with game breaking bugs in the last year, yeah, take all the time you need Rockstar.

That said, I'm really excited to see heists are finally coming! If anyone on PS3 needs help getting geared up/ready for heists, I'd gladly meet up with you to run through some missions/jobs/races/whatever for fun and profit. grin

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 02/25/2015 at 01:13am

Oddly enough, I don't feel disappointed. I remember how eager I was to get the game on the PS3 and if it kept getting delayed like this, I would have been disappointed. However, I still have it, so if I wanted to play it right now I could. Instead, I've been playing a handful of different games lately, therefore I see this news as giving me more time to play them. That includes the PC version of San Andreas, which I got by pre-ordering the PC version of GTAV. Since I pre-ordered and they're giving me even more in-game cash, I'm going to be rich!!!! One other thing I like about this news (as opposed to other games I'm waiting to get an update for), at least Rockstar is giving us some dates, even if that date keeps changing.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/25/2015 at 02:19am

I agree with the sentiment here, i'd rather the developers make the game a great port than toss out some junk. With as long as PC ports can be sold(indefinitely if updated to run on modern systems) it makes more sense to start with a strong port of the game so it has a longer shelf life.

It's kind of sad when PC games like Fallout 3 are having issues when it's not an old game at all.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 02/25/2015 at 04:56am

Well, Fallout 3's issues mostly stem from the fact that there are little inconsistencies between XP/Vista and modern versions of Windows. Once you get those sorted out, the game works far better on PC than it does on either console it was released for.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/09/2015 at 01:48am

Yesterday, GTAV for the PC became available for pre-loading for those of us who pre-ordered it. I've never pre-loaded a game before, until now. The game will be available next Tuesday. I think it's interesting to notice that the download is a whopping 59 gigs, which surprised me and makes me think it's the biggest game I've ever seen. I obviously didn't pay much attention to the hard drive space requirements when it said it requires at least 65 gigs. Apparently the PS4 and XBox One versions require 50 gigs. I'm glad to see that those systems seem to have 500 gig hard drives. I'm also happy that my PC has a near 3TB hard drive, so the space requirement for the game isn't a big deal for me. It's just taking a long time to download. I had to pause the download earlier as I noticed it was creating lag in my Diablo III:RoS game play.

I know this game is awesome because I played it on the PS3 and I've noticed how incredibly popular it has become since it's original release. It was, after all, greatly anticipated. I am hoping that the controls on the PC are great. It's been a long time since I played GTAIV on the PC, so I don't recall how well it worked with they keyboard and mouse. I have played San Andreas in recent months, a GTAV pre-order bonus, and I was not impressed with they keyboard and mouse game play. So, I have high hopes for GTAV. I'm also hoping that it will work nicely with the XBox 360 controller I have for my PC, if they keyboard and mouse set up doesn't work as well.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/09/2015 at 02:12am

Greg: Keep us updated when you play the PC port. Since I am not going to pick it up at launch I am going to live vicariously through you smile

Oh and if you buy GTAV on PC box copy it comes with 7 discs! Kind of makes a good case for install media on bluray buy most PCs don't have that.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/09/2015 at 02:33am

I will, Jon! I noticed that the retail version contains 7 discs. I thought it would have been on Blu-Ray discs, but it seems to be on DVDs, but you're right, most PCs probably don't have Blu-Ray. I, for one, didn't choose to get a Blu-Ray drive on my PC.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/09/2015 at 09:26pm

Yeah they're still pretty rare! I'm looking forward to finally playing it on PC but I'm not shelling out another $60 on a game I've already completed and nearly completed a second time. But yeah, I'm totally looking forward to it!

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 04/10/2015 at 07:37pm

On a side question, with you being on the PC version are you able to join our Cheerful Ghost crew? I don't know if crews are console exclusive.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/10/2015 at 09:10pm

I'm glad you mentioned that, Tim. It seems that none of the versions of the game are able to work cross-platform, which is a shame because I'd love to join the CG crew. This does tempt me to create a PC version of the crew and hopefully some day you and others will join me. It will probably be a long time before I get into the online aspect of the game, which I barely spent time with on the PS3. I do know that I can bring a copy of my character over, which is great because I like how he turned out (visually). If I find any information about cross-platform online game play, I'll let you know, and I'll try to see if it works or if it ever will.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/11/2015 at 04:20am

Yeah I think the crew stays.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/12/2015 at 11:10pm

Really good interview with folks at Rockstar about the GTAV PC port.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/13/2015 at 12:28am

Awesome, I saw a brief bit of that last night on another site. The game will be available tomorrow at 7PM (EST). I'm looking forward to "whoa" moments as I know my PC is going to handle it sweetly, even though I'll miss out on the 4k resolution.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/14/2015 at 04:15am

I played very briefly today since I wanted to get in and out so that I could get GeForce Experience to optimize the game for me. What very little of it I played looked simply awesome and that was before GeForce Experience optimized it for me (increasing many of the settings because of my GPU). I don't recall being able to go into first-person mode on the PS3 version, but it's been a long time since I've played it and I only played through it once. Initial movement was done with WASD keys and I noticed that the configuration has a controller option, though I haven't tried that yet. It may be a while before I jump into it deeper due to (in short) time management, game juggling, and other interests. I may report more in the future.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/14/2015 at 07:15pm

First person is new.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/15/2015 at 12:24am

Even while driving, Travis? I played a bit more today. I made it to Franklin's house and saved my game. I'm tempted to try out the controller, I think it might make moving around easier. I obviously haven't played very much, but in what little I did, it seems that they keyboard and mouse controls are definitely much better than GTA: San Andreas. Still, there are a lot of keys usable. For instance, triggering a character's special ability uses the CAPS LOCK key, while switching between characters is the left ALT key.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/15/2015 at 07:12pm

Today I decided to try out the controller. The one I have is a USB XBox 360 controller that's clear and lights up blue, I bought it specifically for my "new" PC, although I've hardly used it. I thought using a controller with the game would make moving about more fluid and I think I was right. I also thought a controller would simplify the controls, I think I was right again. I was surprised because, after plugging in the controller and starting the game, it recognized the controller instantly and could tell that I was using it, so it displayed the controls for it instead of the keyboard. I did start a new game with it.

The game does look and feel great, although I must admit there were a few times where the game lagged a bit. I know I don't have the best hardware that's currently out there, although my PC is very close. For anyone interested, my PC is an Alienware Aurora-R4 with a 3.7Ghz Intel i7-4820k with 16GB of RAM, and a GTX 690.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/15/2015 at 09:42pm

I think first person driving controls have always been around. Don't quote me on that though.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/15/2015 at 11:54pm

Every time I read your PC specs I shake my head(because it's a beefy setup) and want to upgrade my rig. That said, I am not really due for newer horsepower this year. I think i'll just get a steam machine and maybe just drop an SSD in my Desktop to get some more boot speed.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/16/2015 at 12:36am

That bit of lag I experienced makes me feel like my PC isn't up to par with the game and is disappointing. Perhaps I should try with a fresh reboot and running fewer programs (I usually have Chrome and Steam up at least). I saw where the game also shined with the latest GPUs (specifically noticed the Geforce one) and an SLI configuration. That nearly tempts me, but I don't think I'll do any upgrading for a while. I'm not even going to think about it until some time after my warranty expires.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/16/2015 at 03:18am

After a bit of research ("Googling"), I found out that I'm not the only one who's noticed some frame rate drops at times. Many people with various hardware and various graphics settings have experience this issue. So, it is my thought that it could be an issue with the game. Some people say that the game isn't playable, but that isn't the case for me. It happens sometimes, but not too much where I can't play it.

I ran the in-game benchmark and my PC performed quite well on almost every scene. There was one scene that started slow, but then jumped back up to where it should have been. All other scenes performed quite well, although the game didn't give me a final report.

So, I decided to do some benchmarking on my own and I'm quite impressed with what I found out. I downloaded the 3DMark demo from Steam and ran the 64-bit version of Firestrike, which is for high performance Windows gaming PCs running DirectX11. The report from that benchmark is spectacular! My PC performed better than 93% of all results. Here is a link for the results, I'm hoping you can access it:

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/16/2015 at 04:09am

NVidia released a driver that fixes up some issues for some people. You might want to look and see if this works with your video card, might get you closer to 60FPS with no stuttering.

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