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GTA V plans PC breakthrough – but how popular is it on console?

by Dave Elliott

With it looking increasingly likely that Rockstar plan to extend the domination of their flagship title Grand Theft Auto V into PC territory following the 600,000 strong online petition, a release date in the first quarter of 2014 seems to be an almost certain bet.

Director of marketing for Intel’s premium notebooks Chris R Silva recently went on record as saying: “I don’t think it’ll be console exclusive very long”.

His is not the only voice suggesting that the massively popular title will soon be competing in the PC marketplace.

Currently GAME sell the GTA 5 Exclusive Special Edition and the standard edition is also available on Amazon. Any subsequent releases for the PC platform will be available from all the usual outlets.

Rockstar has released new patches for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA V aimed at killing off some online bugs that blighted what is now the 12th biggest selling game of all time in the UK.

Although some issues are caused by what can be called ‘rage quitting’, the updates have yet to address further complaints by gamers that progress can be lost in some specific instances where players purchase a vehicle and cloud issues meant that saves fail. Rockstar have announced that a fix for that particular issue is being worked on.

Small issues and bugs have not stopped sales of GTA V in the UK already surpassing the previous version’s lifetime total. In fact, the latest version managed to race past that particular landmark after only the first three weeks of release.

The latest release from Rockstar was snapped up by more than 2.6 million people in its first two weeks and accounted for half of all boxed games sold in the UK in the month of September.

The revenue generated means that it is currently the fifth biggest money spinner standing just behind four Call of Duty games and almost equaling the total amount of revenue generated to date by 2010’s Call of Duty: Black Ops.

In what might be a further sign of the country’s exit from a prolonged recessionary period, UK sales of boxed games in September rose for the first time since December 2008.

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