PC gamers’ painful wait for GTA V – how you can help

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I know there is sometimes hostility between console gamers and PC gamers on MyGaming, but I ask for a temporary truce in our collective time of need.

With GTA V delayed yet again for PC, the Master Race needs our support.

For console gamers who are unsure as to why the PC brethren deserve our sympathy, take a moment to appreciate the situation they are in.

The longest wait

GTA V was announced by Rockstar back in October 2011, following the commencement of work on the game by the studio in 2009.

Initially punted as the hottest title for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, PC gamers knew they would eventually also get a shot at playing the game on their preferred platform.

The game was then released for the last-gen consoles in September 2013, and took the market by storm.

Already gamers had been waiting two years for insight into the PC version of the game – they would have to wait a bit longer.

Roll on 2014 and Rockstar unveiled the “visually-enhanced” version of GTA V for the PS4, Xbox One, and, at long last, the PC.

Unfortunately, while PS4 and Xbox One gamers got their hands on GTA V in November 2014, PC gamers would have to wait until 13 January 2015.

As 13 January approached, Rockstar announced that it needed a bit more time to improve the PC version of the game.

Considering GTA V for the PC would have improved visuals, smoother gameplay, more world detail, longer draw distances, more radio stations, the new first person mode, and 4K support, gamers understood the need for a development extension.

A new release date was set: 24 March 2015.

As February 2015 drew to a close, Rockstar sent out the following statement to PC gamers:

GTA V for PC will be arriving on April 14th at retail and as a digital download.

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.

As always, we ask for the GTA PC community’s understanding and assistance in helping to report any concerns during the early days of launch when those inevitable initial teething issues arise on the new platform.

If you do experience issues please visit Rockstar Games Support and send feedback to [email protected] – we’ll be closely monitoring the situation and addressing any hitches as quickly as we can.

Now that you know their pain, you can empathise with the arduous wait they have endured.

How can you help?

Now that you feel the pangs of disappointment and hurt PC gamers have experienced, you know you have a responsibility to help alleviate the pain.

Here are some simple acts you can perform to help put a smile on a PC gamer’s face while they wait for GTA V.

Give them a hug

If you see a PC gamer at a LAN, a friend’s house, or simply walking in the street, give them hug and tell them everything is going to be okay.

Tell them their new 140mm LED case fans look great

Add in a “they really round off the case aesthetics nicely” to really lift their mood.

Ask about beyond 1080p resolutions

Ask a PC gamer about what it’s like to play games in UHD, and to explain the different resolutions to you.

Offer to let them play GTA V on PS4

Actually, skip this one. They will just complain about the lack of keyboard and mouse, and the “jerky visuals”.

Talk about Half-Life 3

If anything will take a gamer’s mind of a recently delayed title, it is the eternal wait for Half-Life 3.

Free Hugs

Add: “for PC gamers” to the sign.

PC gamers, you still want GTA V?

If delays ain’t nothing but a thing and you are still fixed on getting the game, here are the minimum and recommended PC specifications.

Minimum requirements

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 2.40GHz / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor 2.5GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Video Card: Nvidia 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
  • HDD Space: 65GB

Recommended requirements

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 3.2GHz / AMD X8 FX-8350 4GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Video Card: Nvidia GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB
  • HDD Space: 65GB

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