As the release date for the GTA 5 PC closes in, more revelations have been made, making GTA 5 fans excited.
Revelations have come from pre-loads and from the recent interview of some Rockstar employees to GameSpot.
According to Rockstar, they have concentrated on adding flexibility to the game with lot of graphical and control options that will allow customisation.
Finally, the wait for the PC version of GTA 5 will end on 14 April, when the game eventually rolls out worldwide after facing several delays.
Five things to Look Out for in GTA 5 PC
Rockstar Editor: The addition of the editor will allow players to manipulate large parts of the game. It will allow players to capture and manipulate the game footage according to their will. There will be various kinds of options.
Director Mode: This mode will allow players to play and record their scenes using actors from the game's story, heist crew characters, pedestrians and animals. And as players play through the story mode, more options will open up. It will include options to change weather, pedestrian/traffic density, wanted status and more.
Sound Tracks: Players can have their own radio stations (Self Radio station) with music drawn from their computer files. There is also an auto scan that will identify new songs as they are added. The music can be played in sequence or at random. There is also new radio station that has been added to the game – The Lab.
GTA Online: The PC version will also be getting the multiplayer experience that was previously only on consoles. Though console users had to wait for some weeks before they got the multiplayer version of the game, PC version will have it at the same time as the game releases. Players already on other consoles can transfer their characters to the PC version.
Graphics and Resolution: The PC version of GTA 5 will be running at 1080p and 60 frames per second. It can also run 4K resolution and triple monitor configurations. It will also have a better draw distances in comparison to its console versions. It will also support NVIDIA's 3D Vision.
How to Pre-Load GTA 5 for PC
How to Pre-Load Via Steam:
- Select "Pre Load" option in Steam Client "Library-GTA 5" and start downloading.
- You are not required to manually enter your Rockstar Activation Code, it will be entered automatically and used when you run GTA 5 for the very first time.
- Pre-loaded GTA 5 will be playable on April 14.
How to Pre-Load Via Rockstar Warehouse:
- Check Email, there will be two messages from the Rockstar Warehouse, first one will link to the Social Activation Page, and second one will have Rockstar Activation code.
- All you need to do is enter your code on the Social Club Activation page and download the GTA 5 PC Setup Tool
- Your GTA 5 Pre-load will start.
PC Version Being Shipped with 7 Discs – More Disc Art
Reports have surfaced showing Rockstar has been shipping their PC version of GTA 5 with seven DVD discs as indicated on the Reddit forum. The GTA 5 will be weighing 65 GB while its last counterpart weighted only 16 GB. In 2008, GTA 4 shipped with only two discs.
So, seven discs mean more disc art for players. Rockstar is certainly getting cooler with every release.
— GTA News (@GTAonlineNews) April 8, 2015
[Read More: GTA 5 PC Minimum and Recommended Requirements]
GTA 5 PC Graphics Options
Based on a collection of the screenshots of the graphics options screens, the summary below lists all the options, reported VG247. The PC version will have better visual customization option.
- Video memory slider allows players to adjust video memory.
- Ignore suggested limits option will allow players to scan their rig that gives a preset option that they can ignore and change.
- Options for screen type, aspect ratio and refresh rate.
- DirectX Version Output monitor: 1-3
- Anti-aliasing option comprise: FXAA, MSAA and Nvidia TXAA supported.
- Pause game on focus loss.
- Scaling bars for population density, population variety and distance scaling.
- Texture quality: normal to very high.
- Shader quality: normal to very high.
- Shadow quality: normal to very high.
- Reflection quality: normal to very high.
- Reflections support MSAA
- Water quality: normal to very high.
- Particles quality: normal to very high.
- Grass quality: normal to very high.
- Soft shadows options: softer, softest, AMD CHS, Nvidia PCSS
- Post FX options: up to ultra.
- Motion blur strength: scaling bar.
- In-game depth of field effects: on/off.
- Anisotropic filtering: up to x16 .
- Ambient occlusion options.
- Tesellation options.
- Advanced graphics
- Long shadows: on/off.
- High resolution shadows: on/off.
- High detail streaming while flying: on/off.
- Extended distance scaling bar.
- Extended shadow distance bar.
- Benchmark testing.
Mods to Be Monitored
The modding community on GTA PC versions in the past has been one of the most active ones and many are waiting for the release of the PC version. However, Rockstar has said that it will be monitoring the mods being created by the community so that it does not have a "negative impact" on the multiplayer aspects of the game.
John Macpherson, in an exclusive interview to GameSpot said, "Since GTA Online has such a massive and vibrant community, our primary focus is making sure that nothing detracts from that experience or has a negative impact on the overall community of players."
Custom Video Editor
Macpherson also revealed that the company will be allowing players to create their own custom gameplay videos. So, Rockstar will have a video editor that will enable users to "capture and manipulate game footage at will." It will also have an advanced set of tools.
Players will now be able to "manipulate film speed, depth of field, different kinds of camera positioning and the various blends between them, filters, and more," he said. This editor will also allow them to add and edit multiple radio tracks in a single video. They can also "play and record their own scenes using any actor from GTA 5 including story and Heist crew characters."
As players play the story mode, there will be more character options that will be unlocked allowing them to add specific lines of dialog or contextual actions, and control over the time of day, "Wanted" status and weather and pedestrian density, Macpherson revealed.
Reports also suggested that Hayssam Keilany has been working to get the ICEnhancer mod tool to GTA 5, this tool allowed modders to increase the visual fidelity for the game.
Updates and DLCs to Roll out Simultaneously for All Platforms
Rockstar has assured players that it will be releasing updates and DLC simultaneously for all platforms – PC and consoles. Many players were anxious to know if the PC version of GTA 5 which will be rolling out shortly, will drag its feet when it came to updates and DLC when compared with console version.
But Rockstar was quick to clear any such doubts, with John Macpherson, lead gameplay designer saying, "There can be occasional variations in timing based on specifics from one console to another but PC will not be on a separate timetable to other platforms," GameSpot reported.
He also responded to the delay in PC version of GTA 5 release when compared with their console counterparts.
"We want each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be, and that means having the core members of the original GTA 5 team working closely with the best PC developers from across all Rockstar studios," he said.
"... A large portion of the team that worked on GTA 5 for PS3 and Xbox 360 also worked on the PS4 and Xbox One versions and all of the GTA Online content, including Heists."
"Since the new generation console versions and the PC version share similar architecture, the team also continued to work on the PC version. With each version adding features and requiring the focus of the same key people, that takes time," he added in the GameSpot interview.
Meanwhile, the company also said that currently it has no plans to bring in support for Virtual Reality, though it is an "exciting technology".
Exclusive Radio Station – The Lab
GTA 5 PC will be having an exclusive radio station titled The Lab. This is a new addition to the PC version and it will be hosted by The Alchemist and Oh No. The station will be having 14 songs, with three songs already out.
Reports revealed that a third track was revealed Tunde Adebimpe's "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece," featuring Sal P and Sinkane. Fans can listen to the track here.
Rockstar also have a new album called "Welcome to Los Santos" that will feature songs inspired by original scores in GTA 5. The album will be out on 21 April. It can be pre-ordered on iTunes.