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GTA V for PC delayed, system specifications revealed

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Well that’s not all that surprising. GTA V was scheduled for release on PC in just over two weeks, without any real screenshots, trailers or even system specs to show. So it’s not that hard to imagine that Rockstar need a little more time with the title, as they’ve now pushed it back a few months.

GTA V will now finally grace PCs everywhere on March 24th (hopefully for real this time). Rockstar made the announcement via their newswire, while revealing what you’ll need to get the game running and some screenshots.

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. 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.

The good news is that Online Heists will launch alongside the game, with consoles getting access to the consistently delayed feature in the weeks leading up to the PC launch. As for system specification, well they’re the lowest I’ve seen in a while (not counting the massive hard drive space required). GTA V did originally start its life as an old-gen game, so either Rockstar have worked extremely hard on optimisation or there aren’t that many PC-specific improvements.

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

As a reference, the Nvidia 9800 GT was the the graphics card I had before upgrading nearly four years ago. It’s really, really old hardware, so most PCs should be up to scratch.

A little less excited for GTA V on PC now that it has been yanked away at the last minute? Or is that craving to return to Los Santos just too bad to ignore? Well, I know I don’t have to choose between this and Evolve now at least.

Last Updated: January 13, 2015

50 Comments

  1. Gavin Mannion

    January 13, 2015 at 17:36

    As much as we say we prefer a delay to releasing a half cocked game can Rockstar honestly sit there and say they didn’t know this was going to happen well over 4 weeks ago already?

    They leave it to the last minute and screw over everyone downstream of them

    Reply

    • HairyEwok

      January 14, 2015 at 08:08

      Oh well time to retract my leave I placed in for the week of the 27th XD

      Reply

      • Ryanza

        January 14, 2015 at 08:09

        Use it for the 19th of May.

        Reply

        • HairyEwok

          January 14, 2015 at 08:20

          Oh don’t worry there’s leave in already for Witcher 3. Now I’ll actually have leave again for Christmas. Games are killing my leave.

          Reply

    • FSR

      January 14, 2015 at 15:41

      Damned if they do and damned if they don’t?

      Release early with bugs, gamers be like “whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh, why do publishers keep doing this to us?!!?!?!?!? #boycotallthegamesdon’tsupportdrmplay2gamesinyourlife”

      Delay release to polish “They’re making excuses! Give us our game!!!!”

      We’ve waited long enough for the PC version, we’ll live if we have to wait a little longer.

      Reply

  2. Geoff Murphy

    January 13, 2015 at 17:43

    Maybe there’s… DRM problems?

    Reply

    • Marc O Polo

      January 13, 2015 at 18:03

      Wait for it…

      Reply

      • Gerard Matthews

        January 13, 2015 at 20:28

        hahahahaha

        Reply

      • Ryanza

        January 13, 2015 at 21:10

        Legen….

        Reply

        • Treezle

          January 14, 2015 at 10:59

          and I hope you are not lactose intolerant because the next word is

          Reply

    • Ryanza

      January 13, 2015 at 18:11

      There is always DRM problems!!!

      Don’t Support DRM.

      Reply

      • Marc O Polo

        January 13, 2015 at 20:38

        and there it is…

        Reply

      • Ryanza

        January 13, 2015 at 21:10

        dary.

        Reply

        • Marc O Polo

          January 13, 2015 at 23:24

          Reply

  3. Ryanza

    January 13, 2015 at 18:15

    7870 recommended. PS4 port.

    Don’t Support DRM. The Witcher 3 is coming.

    Reply

    • RustedFaith

      January 13, 2015 at 19:17

      Yup looks like a direct port. Expect GTA 4 quality …. until the community fixes it.

      Reply

  4. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 13, 2015 at 19:12

    Reply

  5. Splooshypooh

    January 13, 2015 at 19:25

    I’ve been avoiding spoilers since September 2013!!!!!
    Feels like Rockstar are pissing in my breakfast now.

    Reply

    • Rock789

      January 14, 2015 at 07:27

      !!Spoiler Alert!! – The cat dies… **RUNS**

      😉 🙂

      Reply

      • OnePageMan

        January 14, 2015 at 10:56

        NOOOOOOOOOOO! Not Mr Hairball 🙁

        Reply

    • Treezle

      January 14, 2015 at 11:00

      Telling people you are avoiding spoilers on the internet….

      Reply

      • Splooshypooh

        January 14, 2015 at 12:33

        I’m cutting my wrists with a block of cheese as we speak… It might take a while :'(

        Reply

  6. Glingfram

    January 14, 2015 at 06:30

    Wait til another company gets this right and the monopoly ends. I’ll bet we’ll then see more effort on Rockstar’s part.

    Reply

    • Marc O Polo

      January 14, 2015 at 22:25

      over 40 million copies sold so far… rock star aint worried… plus all the money from there shark cards they sell!

      Reply

  7. Rock789

    January 14, 2015 at 07:26

    One up side, I suppose, is that at least those specs aren’t the insane “you need a nuclear reactor to power your rig” like some of the more recent game-specs that have been released…

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    • HairyEwok

      January 14, 2015 at 08:15

      The CPU is still above what mid range rigs have. To build a recommended PC for GTA 5 from scratch should knock you back about R5k for 1080p res ultra.

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 14, 2015 at 08:19

        Way more than 5k. The CPU & mid-range mobo alone will be nearly 5k.

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        • HairyEwok

          January 14, 2015 at 08:45

          Yeah ok but still I can get the CPU+Mobo+RAM for R5 500. That leaves with the GFX which a R9 270 will be enough power (R2 500) and the PSU 500W should be enough for R750. Now the Case and screen is totally debatable on your budget. So let’s agree then that a PC to run this should cost you around R10k 🙂

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 14, 2015 at 09:00

            I’d agree. Only reason I really know is because I’ve been pricing for mine for months.

            I’d wait until that comes out too, then build a PC with the older stuff that will invariably get a price cut & will be perfectly fine for years to come – then when it comes time to upgrade again that’ll be much more reasonably priced.

          • HairyEwok

            January 14, 2015 at 09:24

            True and with AMD bringing the new 300 cards out and Nvidia Pascal Range coming 2016 the 900 series will drop significantly due to the pascal range having much more new features. New features that will make the 900 “obsolete”….. 2016 will be the year to upgrade a PC that’s for sure.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 14, 2015 at 09:37

            The 300 range is what I’m keen to see. Hopefully it’s out by May, because that’s the latest I’ll wait until before upgrading. Witcher 3, baby!

          • HairyEwok

            January 14, 2015 at 10:15

            What’s your gpu specs now? Can’t be that low that you cannot even play Witcher 3 on medium-high?

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 14, 2015 at 10:40

            No it’s not, it’s a radeon 6950. So probably more low-med. But I want to play it in all its glory immediately 😀

          • HairyEwok

            January 14, 2015 at 10:46

            Time to show consoles the power of the master race by simply replacing components rather than buying a brand new console XD

  8. Hammersteyn

    January 14, 2015 at 07:43

    MAWSTER RAISE!!!

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      January 14, 2015 at 10:06

      no, sorry. No raise. Cash flow problems. Besides, when did people start paying to play games? Or is this just Rockstar?

      *Edit* how did you get this right?

      Reply

  9. Admiral Chief

    January 14, 2015 at 07:55

    GT what again? I’ve forgotten about it

    Reply

  10. Quo Vadis?

    January 14, 2015 at 07:57

    With a slew of PC game problems, I foresee console sales and gamers on the rise.

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      January 14, 2015 at 09:27

      Well. That is one of the reason I game on console. I do not want hassle. And I am IT literate. Or I used to be. Now, not so sure with the new hardware and stuff. At work I do not always play in the tech stuff

      Certain games, like Civ, Total War and stuff I play on PC. But just those.

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      • Matthew Holliday

        January 14, 2015 at 09:34

        lazy gamers ruining the master race.

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        • Brady miaau

          January 14, 2015 at 10:05

          Yes, indeed. I work in IT and indeed one of my hats is as IT Manager, with a few support staff. I know how to do most of the stuff required, but do not want to spend my home time doing PC stuff when I can switch on and play, as my Xbox’s do for me.

          So yes, I am a Lazy Gamer, on Lazygamer.net

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          • Matthew Holliday

            January 14, 2015 at 10:16

            that was kinda what i meant.

      • Quo Vadis?

        January 14, 2015 at 09:46

        What I know about a PC, is dangerous. I know how the mouse and the keyboard works. I know where the on/off button is. If the screen is black, its not switched on. If the screen is blank after switching on, call IT in a state of panic.

        Reply

  11. B4d R0b0t

    January 14, 2015 at 10:19

    arrrrgggggggg I really, really wanted to start playing this month. Even had leave booked!

    Reply

  12. Treezle

    January 14, 2015 at 13:23

    Console gamers be like : I’ve beaten GTA 5 twice on two different generations of consoles. And minimum specs? What is that?

    Reply

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