Games really don't come much bigger than this. Grand Theft Auto V is the fastest selling entertainment product on the planet, breaking seven Guinness world records and shifting more than 38 million copies in the process. Now the most successful game in years is at last coming to PC, where finally PC gamers can step into the psychotic shoes of Trevor, Franklin, and Michael, as the epic crime saga at last finds its way home.

Bringing with it massively revamped graphics, support for up to 4K resolution, and potential for some absolutely insane modding support, GTA 5 on PC is set to be the definitive version of one of the highest rated titles of all time. Before you hand over your hard-earned cash to Rockstar though, you're going to want to know if your PC gaming is a smooth criminal or a bumbling fool, so read on to check out the official GTA V system requirements...

Grand Theft Auto V Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz  or AMD Phenom 9850 2.5GHz
  • RAM: 4GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 4870
  • HDD: 65GB Free Hard Drive Space
  • DX: DirectX 10

Grand Theft Auto V Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB

These minimum requirements for Grand Theft Auto V aren't too bad at all, and are in factor quite a bit lower than we were expecting. Both the CPU and GPU demands are pretty low-end for modern gaming and are pretty representative of a last-generation of console ports. As it stands most PC gamers should be alright with playing GTA 5, at least on the lower settings, where it will likely look similar to the console original.

One caveat is that absolutely massive download size - support for extremely high-res textures and the abundance of video and audio tracks for the radio are likely to blame for this, but it's going to be a massive download if you go the digital route. Hopefully we'll be able to pre-load GTA 5 nice and early, but if not then a physical copy from the postman could be the way to go.  

GTA V's recommended requirements are a pretty massive leap up, suggesting there's a lot of scalability with the settings which is nice to see. Despite this there's nothing here that's a patch on the system requirements pumped out by the likes of The Witcher 3 and Assassin's Creed Unity. A decent gaming rig from the last two or three years should be able to really crank up the graphics options in GTA5. If you want to max it out though and capitalize on that advertised 4K resolution in Grand Theft Auto 5 then you're going to need a GPU above and beyond what's outlined here, which is for 1080p gaming.

One thing to bear in mind is that Rockstar has said that due to downloadable content for the Grand Theft Auto Online portion, and programming changes, the system requirements for GTA 5 are likely to change over time, so keep your eyes peeled on Game Debate for updates. 

In other, unfortunate news, Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC has been delayed a couple of months - check out the full story here

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run Grand Theft Auto 5 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to Grand Theft Auto 5 benchmark chart. 

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