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On 24 March 2015 (there’s been another delay), history will be made as Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V launches for the PC. With the game being available on ex-gen and current-gen consoles for almost a year and a half now, PC gamers have had to wait patiently for the release of the game on their preferred platform, salivating every step of the way as they eyed the mods that appeared on the Xbox 360, or the glorious first-person view that changes how you experience the game on Xbox One and Playstation 4. Now, it’s the PC Master Race’s turn to show everyone how it should be done, so hit the jump to see how much this is going to hurt your system.

In a press release to the public on their blog, Rockstar apologised for the delay of the game, now moved to March 2015, saying that they made the decision purely to focus on polish for the game. Sadly, this also means that the much-anticipated heists update for GTA Online also takes a knock in delivery times, as Rockstar hoped to get it ready for a PC release later this month.

Still, that’s forgiveable considering how long this game has been in development (the PC version has been rumored to be in development since 2012) and how massive the world of GTA V really is. I greatly enjoyed the game’s atmosphere playing it on PS3 and on the PS4 it only got better with the finer detail. The PC version is set to be even more involved thanks to the modding community who can’t wait to get their hands on the game to shoehorn in some crazy customisations to it.

If you’re wondering how much this is going to tax your PC, check out the system requirements below. Keep in mind that optical drives are only required for the retail copies of the game that come on DVD disc. For those of you going fully digital… you may want to sit down for the new record-holder.

Grand Theft Auto V Minimum Requirements

 Operating System  Windows Vista SP3, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 64-bit
 Processor  Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 or AMD Phenom 9850 or better
 System memory  4GB
 Graphics card  Nvidia Geforce 9800GT 1GB or AMD Radeon HD4870 1GB or better
 Sound card  DirectX 10 compatible
 Free storage  65GB free

And for the recommended requirements…

Grand Theft Auto V Recommended Requirements

 Operating System  Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 64-bit
 Processor  Intel Core i5 3470 or AMD FX-8350 or better
 System memory  8GB
 Graphics card  Nvidia Geforce GTX660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD7870 2GB or better
 Sound card  DirectX 10 compatible
 Free storage  65GB free

You know, I thought that seeing Titanfall require 50GB of free drive space was impressive but this honestly takes the cake. 65GB? And there will still be updates incoming for it? I feel sorry for anyone installing this on a 256GB SSD because you’re really going to run out of space quickly.

Focusing on the actual requirements, though, GTA V is a big turnaround from GTA IV. Looking at the minimum specs alone, the game is going to be mostly focused on multi-threaded performance and will likely only use up about four cores (focus on more if you’re going to be fiddling with the AI amounts and extra mods). Graphics-wise the game is also set to be pretty easy to run well, but don’t be fooled – running this game with a multi-monitor Surround/Eyefinity setup, at UltraHD 4k and 5K resolutions, or even hooking up an Oculus Rift will require quite a lot of GPU horsepower and that’s where the main system bottleneck will be.

While we wait for the game’s launch (again!) and hum and haw over potential upgrades for our system, check out these UltraHD 4K screenshots of the game. This is going to be good.

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Source: Rockstar Newswire