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GTA 5 on PC: five things we want to see

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Article by Nathan Brown.

With the current-gen console versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 now on shelves, and the launch of GTA Online just days away, the time is surely nearing for Rockstar to drop the pretence and confirm what everyone suspects: that the game is heading to next-gen consoles and, more importantly, PC. We're confident a Rockstar team is beavering away on a Windows version right now, and we’re sure the famously, um, self-effacing studio is open to our ideas. Here, then, are the five things we most want to see from Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC.

GTA 5 release date officially set for "Spring 2013" on consoles, PC not mentioned

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Rockstar have announced that GTA 5 will be released during springtime next year "for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3," confirming that the GTA 5 posters that leaked out earlier this week were correct. Unfortunately, there's no mention of a PC version on the posters or in Rockstar's post.

This doesn't mean that GTA 5 will go the same way as Red Dead Redemption, it took Grand Theft Auto 4 eight months to make it onto PC and we had to wait six months for LA Noire. GTA IV shipped with an extra video editor on PC, Noire had “increased resolution and graphical detail” on PC and Max Payne 3 didn't look too shabby either. We may get a PC date yet. Here's hoping it's a better port than GTA 4 was.


GTA 4 iCEnhancer mod version 2.1 released, GTA games super cheap in Steam sale

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The iCEnhancer has been beautifying GTA 4 for players for more than a year now. The mod uses custom shaders and post-processing effects to massively improve GTA 4's visuals. Images like the one above from Ducan Harris' Dead End Thrills demonstrate iCEnhancer's power. Eurogamer note that version 2.1 has now been released, which is great timing. You can grab a pack of every GTA game for just £4.99 / $12.49 as part of the Steam Summer Sale.