Nvidia Mentions Grand Theft Auto V On PC – Wait, What?
As we know, there is no official confirmation of a PC version of Rockstar’s upcoming Grand Theft Auto V. Sure there is that petition going around where, last time we checked, it had over 250k signatures, and sure Amazon Germany and GamesOnly listed a PC version, and sure there was that job listing in which Rockstar was looking for those experienced in PC ports, but nothing is confirmed yet.
Well, Nvidia seems to know otherwise. With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One set to include AMD chips, Nvidia doesn’t seem to be too worried about being left out. The company actually believes that a lot of PC users will invest in new hardware to play the games of the future.
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Chris Evenden, Senior IR Director of Nvidia, said during a recent earnings call (transcribed by SeekingAlpha):
The PC market is evolving. As entry level laptops face pressure from tablets. Yet sales of specialty PCs like gaming systems and work stations continue to grow. The disparity reflects how consumers use these different classes of PCs. Many consumers look for PC as a general purpose device they can use for browsing, email, social media video. But much of this can be better served by a tablet. In contrast, gamers are preparing their systems for a strong roster of games coming this fall, including blockbuster franchises, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed IV.
As you can see, the man mentions Grand Theft Auto V just like that. So either he knows something we don’t, he’s trolling, he made a mistake or he genuinely believes that it’s inevitable and a no-brainer that GTA V lands up on PC. And I would agree fully with that.
Going on, Nvidia also claims that PC games make more than both PlayStation and Xbox revenues combined:
Open platform such as PC and Android are outgrowing the world gardens of the traditional console market. They benefit from more innovation. Nearly half of the developers surveyed at GDC recently who are working on PC games compared only 11% on Next Gen consoles. PC game revenues are expected to reach around $20 billion annually by 2015, whereas the total for both PlayStations will be less than $10 billion and Xbox is only around half of that.
With the mod community and global enthusiasm of PC gamers towards a project like Grand Theft Auto V, it would be a pretty silly move not to put it on the platform. I mean, I completely expect it to be there, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a delay of a few months or so. Grand Theft Auto IV took its sweet time to land on PC, and I fear we may see the same thing here.
I wonder if we’ll see a next-gen port of the game in the future.