Grand Theft Auto 5's latest PC update hints at a future Enhanced Edition upgrade
Is Grand Theft Auto V getting a free Enhanced Edition upgrade on PC?
Published: 26th April 2022 | Source: GTANet - Twitter |
GTA V's newest PC update adds Enhanced Edition files to the game
According to GTANet, Rockstar's latest PC update for Grand Theft Auto V has added Enhanced Edition files to the game, suggesting that an Enhanced Edition patch is planned for Grand Theft Auto V's PC version.
So far, Grand Theft Auto V/Grand Theft Auto Online's Enhanced Edition versions have only launched for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles, leaving PC gamers without an updated version. This has denied PC gamers access to Rockstar's new GTA Online+ subscription service, limiting the service's potential userbase.
On PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, Grand Theft Auto V Enhanced Edition supports new visual features, including improved motion blur, upgraded anti-aliasing, and support for Ray Traced Shadows and HDR. On PC, adding support for hardware accelerated ray tracing will require Rockstar Games to move Grand Theft Auto V's PC version to a new graphics API like DirectX 12 of Vulkan, as DirectX 11 cannot support hardware accelerated ray tracing.
The references to Gen 9 consoles within Grand Theft Auto V's latest PC patch appears to verify that an enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V's PC version is in the works. At this time, it is unknown when the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V will be updated to become a "PC Enhanced Edition", which means that we will have to wait for Rockstar to make an official announcement.
Will the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V Enhanced Edition receive further upgrades?
On PC, it is also possible that Grand Theft Auto V will support additional ray tracing features like Ray Traced Reflections or ray traced ambient occlusion. After all, future graphics cards will have more headroom for these new graphical features. Beyond that, PC gamers can also utilise features like Nvidia DLSS, FidelityFX Super Resolution, or XeSS to upscale the game to higher resolutions.