Grand Theft Auto 5 first launched on September 17th, 2013, on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Considering the massive success that was Grand Theft Auto 4 and the previous games in the series, everyone expected the fifth game in the franchise to perform even better. Long story short, it did.
Eventually, the game was announced for PS4 and Xbox One as well, enhanced with new features and upgraded graphics. For a while, it didn’t appear that a PC version was ever going to be released, but it was finally announced, with a seven-disc retail version as well as a digital version released through Steam. PC gamers finally became able to purchase Grand Theft Auto 5 on April 14th, 2015, nearly two years after the game originally launched on consoles.
Despite being available for so long on consoles before hitting PC, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 is proving to be a tremendous success. In fact, it’s already breaking records, including one on Steam for most concurrent players playing a non-Valve developed game. Over 300,000 players concurrently played the game through Steam today, breaking the record of 280,000 that was previously held by Skyrim.
These numbers are extremely impressive, but not even Grand Theft Auto 5 seems to be able to break the popularity of Valve’s own games on Steam. Dota 2 is still by far the most popular game on the service, followed by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
In any case, this isn’t the first record Rockstar has set with Grand Theft Auto 5. When the game first launched on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it set seven Guinness World Records, including fastest video game to gross $1 billion and highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours.
The success of Grand Theft Auto V on Steam should be of no surprise. Before ever landing on the PC in any form, GTA 5 already surpassed 40 million units sold on top of all the records it has broken, making the game a tremendous success from every angle.
Perhaps some of the success of the PC version can be attributed to the new features it offers. One of these features is the video editor mode, which allows players to record footage from the game, edit it using a variety of filters and enhancements, and then share it on YouTube or the Rockstar Social Club. Complementing the video editor is the Director Mode, allowing creatively gifted gamers to create professional-looking Machinima.
Furthermore, Grand Theft Auto V on PC can potentially look significantly better than the game does on consoles. Those with powerful gaming rigs will be able to enjoy these improved graphics, but those with a 4K monitor will be able to increase the resolution even further, as Grand Theft Auto V on PC supports 4K resolution.
Another advantage that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has over its console counterparts is access to the illustrious modding community. Mods are already starting to be released for the game, with one allowing players the ability to slow down time and teleport, among other things.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is currently available for purchase on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.