Nvidia confirms, then denies, incoming GTA V PC port

August 14, 2013 | 09:45

Tags: #console-gaming #grand-theft-auto #grand-theft-auto-5 #gta #gta-5 #gta-v #pc-gaming #playstation-3 #xbox-360

Companies: #nvidia #rockstar

Nvidia has seemingly confirmed that Rockstar's upcoming crime-'em-up Grand Theft Auto V will be coming to the PC, only to claim its unauthorised announcement was made in error just days later.

While Rockstar has announced a September launch schedule for the latest entry in the long-running GTA franchise, it has done so only for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 versions - stating only that it was 'looking into' to possibility of a PC port. A job listing from July hinted that a PC port was on the cards, but there has been no official announcement - and with fans still waiting patiently to see Red Dead Redemption freed from its console exclusivity, PC gamers are understandably antsy.

Now, however, Nvidia appears to have collapsed the probability waveform with the announcement that the company is looking forward to GTA 5's PC release this autumn - a tasty titbit of information that Rockstar itself has not yet seen fit to share with its audience.

The apparent confirmation came during the company's second-quarter earnings call, a full transcript of which is available on the investment site Seeking Alpha. During the call, Nvidia's senior director of investor relations Chris Evenden made the following statement concerning this year's blockbuster releases: 'Gamers are preparing their systems for a strong roster of games coming this fall, including blockbuster franchises such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin's Creed IV.'

Made in the context of the evolving PC market, the announcement would appear to confirm that Nvidia is working with Rockstar on the PC port and has insider knowledge that the game will hit desktops and laptops around the world before the end of the year. Sadly, the company is backtracking on Evenden's declaration, claiming that it was simply an enthusiastic yet badly-phrased vocalisation of support for the games industry as a whole - console and PC alike.

'This statement was made with the intent of expressing enthusiasm for the games industry in general, and was not intended to represent specific knowledge possessed by Nvidia,' a company spokesperson told bit-tech when pressed for clarification regarding Evenden's comment. 'Nvidia does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error.'

Given the context of Evenden's declaration - which was about the evolving PC market, and how gamers are investing in ever-more-powerful graphics hardware to ready their system for the next generation of PC games - that denial seems somewhat disingenuous. With Rockstar refusing to comment on the matter, however, Nvidia's apparent confirmation must be taken as just more grist for the PC-port rumour mill.
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