So, did you pre-order GTA V for PC? Did you? Because it’s currently more Grand Test Alpha 5 than anything else. While the game definitely sparkles on PC if you can get it to work, the much anticipated title has launched with several issues. If you’ve not installed it yet, I highly recommend reading on, as there are some issues which are irreversible; especially if you’re transferring online progress from Xbox 360 or PS3.
Those looking to move their progress over from one of the last-gen consoles but who haven’t played since December 2013 will need to first log in to your console character before transferring it to PC. You can read the details on what to do here. Not doing so will cause you to lose any progress (and vehicles) you’ve accrued along the way.
Of the issues, the most notable is if your Windows user name uses non-standard characters – characters that fall outside of this list that Rockstar has provided – you won’t be able to connect to their servers for the mandatory day one update. Those unable or unwilling to use different characters will need to create a new Windows account for express purpose of playing GTA V.
Installation and access of the Social Club, which is Rockstar’s own DRM platform, is also troublesome with several errors being reported:
- “Social Club failed to initialize.”
- “Social Club failed to load due to an incomplete installation. Please exit the game and re-install the latest version of the Social Club.”
- “A newer version of Social Club is required. The updater may have failed. Please exit the game and install the latest version of the Social Club.”
You can check out the following instructions from Rockstar here to get it working.
If you somehow have avoided having Windows Media Player installed, you’re going to need to install it, otherwise GTA V‘s installation won’t proceed.