Intel: ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ Won’t Be Console Exclusive for Long

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While many gamers are busy enjoying the Story Mode or (if they’re lucky) the multiplayer in Grand Theft Auto 5, there is a large contingency of gamers who are left in the dark. We speak, of course, of the PC gamer, who have been hearing rumors of a PC port of Rockstar’s latest open world title, but have yet to receive any official confirmation.

Although we don’t have any official announcements to make, rumors have continued to build regarding Grand Theft Auto 5 on the PC. And further fuel was added to the fire by Intel Director of Marketing for Premium Notebooks, Chris Silva.

In Silva’s mind, Grand Theft Auto 5 won’t be a console exclusive for “very long.” He understands the motivations behind releasing the highly anticipated title on the consoles first, but also believes that not moving it to the PC is a big mistake.

“At least with Grand Theft Auto I don’t think it’ll be console exclusive very long. But that’s what happens when you have a brand new launch with two companies that have lots of money trying to make sure they have content.”

He cites the decision to keep Halo a console exclusive for so long as a decision that ultimately hurt the sales of Microsoft‘s flagship title. Not to mention, the Halo: Combat Evolved PC port was sorely lacking in quality, even if it did have online multiplayer.

But, when it comes to a business as lucrative as video games, oftentimes it benefits a publisher or console maker to keep a game on their platform, even if it hurts the game’s potential as a result. As Silva surmises, “Somebody paid a lot of money to make sure [GTA 5] was exclusive.”

Whether or not the game will stay that way is yet to be determined. But in the mean time the PC gamer population continues to mobilize, amassing more than half a million signatures on their “Bring GTA 5 to the PC” petition.

Moreover, there is the question of the next-gen consoles, and whether or not Grand Theft Auto 5 might make the leap to those platforms as well. Yes, Rockstar believes GTA 5 feels like a next-gen title, but playing the game shows that, while it looks very good, it could perform better (faster loads between characters, less pop-in).

Again, it’s important to mention that Silva’s quotes are not confirmation. He, like most of us, sees the writing on the wall, but it’s up to Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive to finally make a move.

How much longer do you think Rockstar will wait before announcing GTA 5 for the PC? Will the game also make the jump to next-gen consoles?

Source: PC Gamer