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Grand Theft Auto V is looking like it'll be one of the biggest game launches of this year when it arrives September 17 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately though, Rockstar Games have kept their lips sealed about a possible PC port of the game, despite every other major title in the series eventually hitting the platform, leaving eager PC gamers guessing at its status.
It may not be an official announcement, but Nvidia senior director of investor relations, Chris Evenden, has given a good hint at when GTA V might be released on PC. In an earnings call, Evenden was speaking about the evolving state of the PC market, and mentioned that gamers are preparing their rigs for a range of games coming this fall, including Grand Theft Auto V.
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.
If GTA V is coming to PC around the same time as the next Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed games, that would put the release just a few months after its launch on consoles. This is unusually early, considering previous GTA games were released on PC around six months after the consoles, but not impossible. Rockstar may simply be leaving an announcement until the last minute.
Nvidia having knowledge of GTA V on PC makes sense, as the company often works closely with game developers to ensure graphics card drivers are optimized for a game's release. The company may have pre-release PC code for GTA V in their labs, or, to the disappointment of many PC gamers, it may have just been mentioned erroneously.