Hark! Do you hear that? That’s the deafening echo of the GTA V release date being announced, confirming that the PS4 and Xbox One version of the game will indeed be coming out this Autumn as promised. We were a bit worried for a second there though as total silence in public from Rockstar gave us all night tremors about GTA V’s new gen release date being pushed back and the fact that they were only showing it off to retailers (and not the rest of us) continued to scare us silly. We’ve got a date now though, along with some details about what GTA V will be bringing to PS4 and Xbox One later this year. And did we mention that we’ve also got a new GTA V trailer? You can see that and more after the break.
GTA V Release Date and Trailer Nonsense
So November 18th is the confirmed GTA V release date. Finally. If you’re on PS4 or Xbox One you can scribble that down in bright blue ink and rejoice that we’re getting some ultra hi-def crime caper action before old Father Crimby falls down our chimney. But for PC gamers? The luck isn’t quite so abundant.
Rockstar haven’t given a specific reason for the PC version’s delay but as unlike the usual case with big name releases, I don’t think this is just console users wielding their privilege, there’s potential that the PC version just genuinely needs more work. Looking at that beautified trailer above, it’s not unreasonable to say that the PC version of GTA V will push the hardware more than the PS4 and Xbox One versions (the consoles are somewhat limited in comparison to a PC’s power) and therefore needs a bit more love in Rockstar’s oven. I’d understand if you felt unfairly shafted but that’s something to keep in mind before we start burning our houses down.
How GTA V on PS4, Xbox One and PC Will Be Different to PS3 and Xbox 360
And it could very well be worth the wait too! While Rockstar say that “Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades”, we’ll be getting more than beefed up draw distances and higher resolutions (the screenshots are taken from the PS4 version, Rockstar say) when the game rolls around as GTA V on PC and new gen will feature some tangible upgrades too.
As you could probably tell from that snazzy new GTA V trailer that Rockstar uploaded just minutes ago, we’ll be getting new weapons, vehicles and activities including access to vehicles like Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane, activities like wildlife photography and shooting range challenges presumably to suit each type of trigger finger along with the following.
- Additional wildlife
- Denser traffic
- New foliage system
- Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more
Meanwhile, Rockstar is even flexing their perfectionist tendencies adding “100 additional new songs and new DJ mixes from returning DJs across the game’s 17 radio stations” and buffs to Grand Theft Auto Online too. There’ll be an online player count of up to 30 players now, “all existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content” that’s been released will be included in the PC, PS4 and Xbox One version and anyone who played GTA V on PS3 or Xbox 360 will be able to import their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progress to PC/those new consoles so they can keep on shooting, looting and co-op heist mission-ing away.
Furthermore, anyone who pre-orders the new version of GTA V will get $1 million of in-game cash ($500k each in the story mode and in GTA Online) so details on how to get the game are below.
The GTA V release date is November 18th, 2014 for PS4 and Xbox One, while it will be out on January 27th, 2015 for PC . Click here to pre-order.