Grand Theft Auto's enhanced PS5 and Xbox Series X/S version might soon be coming to PC
Will GTA V's updated PC version be a free update or a new (paid for) version?
Published: 19th April 2022 | Source: GTA Series Videos - Twitter |
Is the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V about to get a major update?
Grand Theft Auto V has recently been re-released on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, enhancing the game with new graphical features (including ray tracing), and additional content for GTA Online. Now, it looks like this new version of Grand Theft Auto V will also be coming to PC.
Grand Theft Auto V has been re-rated by the ESRB, listing new versions for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 and PC. This listing suggests that a new PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is on the horizon, offering the same content as the game's Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 versions to PC gamers.
Alongside numerous graphical enhancements and other tweaks, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions of Grand Theft Auto V give gamers access to a new subscription service called GTA Online+, which gives GTA Online players several perks. Should Rockstar's new version of GTA V come to PC, PC gamers should be able to subscribe to GTA Online+. Currently, this subscription service is only available on the current generation console versions of GTA Online.
What to expect from GTA V's new PC version
If Rockstar's current-generation version of GTA V comes to PC, gamers should expect several things. First, PC players will receive the new GTA Online content that is exclusive to the game's current-generation console versions and access to GTA Online+. Visually, PC gamers should expect to see support for ray traced shadows, a new options for GTA V's Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 versions, and other graphical enhancements like improved motion blur, upgraded anti-aliasing, and more.
Since the new version of Grand Theft Auto V supports ray tracing on consoles, PC gamers should expect Grand Theft Auto V to move from DirectX 11 to DirectX 12 or Vulkan, as Rockstar needs to support a more modern graphical API to support hardware accelerated ray tracing on PC. At this time, a move to DirectX 12 appears to be more likely.
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.
Moving Grand Theft Auto V's PC version to DirectX 12 will not be easy. and it is possible that Grand Theft Auto V's new PC version will not be a free upgrade for existing players. The new console versions of Grand Theft Auto V were not free for owners of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions, and PC gamers might be treated the same way.
Right now, Rockstar has not revealed a new PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, but it is likely that something is in the works. Rockstar will want PC gamers to subscribe to GTA Online+, and that will require Rockstar to release, or at a minimum update, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V.
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