A new installment of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto franchise is always a major event, but Grand Theft Auto V is a game that just won’t stay out of the headlines, even a year and a half after it first released back in 2013. Having arrived at the end of the previous console generation, it made the leap to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2014, bringing with it an ambitious new first-person mode that made for a whole different gaming experience. Now it’s about to cross another barrier and make its way to PC.
It’s been a long time coming, having originally been slated to arrive at the same time as the next-gen console versions. Three delays later, GTA V is finally set to release on PC next week, on Tuesday, April 14. It’s going to be a bear too, requiring 65 gigs of hard disk space, minimum, and filling a whopping seven discs for those that grab a physical copy at retailers. It looks to be well worth the hefty install, however. Rockstar has released over two dozen stunning images that show off just how gorgeous GTA V can look on the PC. Check out the gallery below.
The images definitely highlight the amazingly realistic and varied world Rockstar has created with GTA V, and it’s never looked better. You can practically feel the sun baking down on the desert sands or the night air whipping past the open helicopter doors. The game is capable of running at 60 frames per second and in 4K resolution, but it will take a powerful rig to get the most out of GTA V. Players will need a minimum of “4 GB of memory and a quad core processor that runs at least at 2.5GHz.” For ideal performance, Rockstar recommends “8 GB of memory and an Intel core i5 chip (or equivalent), capable of running at 3.2GHz.”
Thankfully, gamers will be able to adjust the game’s graphics options to suit the abilities of their computer. Rockstar told GameSpot, “There are over 25 parameters you can tweak that can optimize graphics and performance.” The screen grabs below showcase some of the ways gamers can tweak GTA V to suit their PC’s capabilities, including sliders for motion blur, shading, depth of field, and more. Players can even alter the traffic density within the game’s urban sprawl.
The PC edition of Grand Theft Auto V will also introduce the Rockstar Editor, a significantly upgraded version of the video editor from GTA IV that will allow players to capture and manipulate game footage. That includes tweaking camera positioning, filters, film speed, and more. The editor also includes “director mode,” which allows players to record new scenes using any character from the game, including those from the Heists, random NPCs, or even animals. The YouTube video possibilities are near endless.
PC gamers have been waiting impatiently for GTA V‘s arrival for a long time now, but all signs point to it being worth the wait. The sheer amount of detail on display in the 4K images is enough to make any fan consider investing in a top-of-the-line gaming PC. Then again, it doesn’t look too shabby on the next-gen consoles either.
Grand Theft Auto V hits PC next week, on April 14. Gamers who want to get a jump on the massive download can pre-load the game from the Rockstar Warehouse and Steam. GTA V is currently available on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.