Huge caveats with this one. We don’t know if this is a well done fake or if there’s some other kind of trickery going on to make this appear to be GTA V running on a PC. Also, we’d be inclined to think that it’s not all that important – lots of rumours seem to suggest it’s happening and we won’t be able to be 100 per cent sure until Rockstar releases a statement, screenshot, trailer or something.
But if you’re eagerly awaiting news of GTA V on PC then all of this is a bit of fun, at least.
The short video, which the YouTube poster claims to have gone to considerable risk to secure, shows Franklin and friends near his house and a nice piece of gang-style graffiti. It’s claimed that this is from an early developer version of the game (whatever that means) and that it will be released in Q1 2014 which is some time before the end of March. Or before the end of June if it’s Q1 fiscal 2014. So basically “at some point this year.”
The pause menu is probably the most pertinent part of the video. Despite a glacially slow mouse icon seeming out of place, there are a number of video-card options that the user changes. Those options would only appear on the PC version, of course. It’s difficult to tell for sure but the changes do appear to make some differences when the game is unpaused.
It’s often assumed – although it is only an assumption – that GTA V’s potential PC release will coincide with a release for next gen consoles. Even if that’s not the case, a PC release would potentially offer the opportunity for mods and things to extend the life of the game even further.