If you followed the development of Grand Theft Auto V ahead of its 2013 release on the 360 and PS3, you’ll know developer Rockstar was very quiet on its plans for a PC version of the game.
So it was with some surprise that I read some Rockstar big shots told PC Gamer that a PC version was always a part of the plan.
In a rather in-depth interview with PC Gamer, a handful of Rockstar developers that included director of technology Phil Hooker, director of engineering Klaas Schilstra and technical director Adam Fowler admitted that “We were always going to bring GTA 5 to PC. We planned from day one for a PC build and we made technical decisions based off the fact that we would be doing a PC version of the game.”
What they did was focus on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, and once those were done they shifted focus to the XB1 and PS4 versions “and then using the shared architecture underpinning the new consoles to help ourselves ramp up into the PC version and push the game as far as we possibly knowing we would have the opportunity to make the game look and feel better than it ever has.”
Pushing the limits
So basically they pushed each platform as far as it could go, culminating in development of the PC version. That allowed them to take full advantage of the vastly superior hardware available to PC players to make the very best version of Grand Theft Auto V they could. And coming from a top-notch developer like Rockstar, that’s a mighty big statement indeed.
So what does that mean for PC gamers who get to play GTA V tomorrow? Support for 4K resolutions, much longer draw distances, higher-resolution textures and basically, an all-round better-looking game than any of the other platforms have seen.
Should you have bought a digital copy of the game, I hope you’ve already begun pre-loading, as the game is apparently something in the region of 65GB according to Game-Debate.com. That’s a lotta data.
Grand Theft Auto V is out tomorrow for PC, and I expect work attendance in the tech sector everywhere to reflect it.
Have you pre-ordered? Or are you tired of buying GTA V now for different platforms?
If you’d like to see some more hi-res shots of GTA V for PC in action, head over to Rockstar’s official screenshot post now.