GTA V on PC has the same plots as it had on the consoles. But, some extra added to the PC version of the game is 4k display support format and Rockstar Editor.

Also, we’ll discuss here some elementary requirement of the computer to play GTA V on PC.

GTA V for PC - intro image

A bit knowledge of GTA V on PC

GTA V actually Grand Theft Auto V is basically a multi-generation action-adventure game. Developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games the game was initially released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Later the same was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and finally made its way to Microsoft Windows.

The plots of the game are very same without any changes or updates. Players still play as three basic characters:

  • Franklin
  • Michael
  • Trevor.

GTA V for PC - the characters

The entire series of the game is full packed with comedy, action and at times some eccentric situations. The mesmerizing story of the game keeps players deeply engaged with the game.

The players live the life of all the three characters.

The players of the game get the exclusive opportunity to travel the extensive world of Los Santos and Blaine County. Accompanied by resolution of up to 4k and beyond gives players an amazing experience while playing GTA V on PC.

Players of the game are offered with a wide range of customization preferences that are very much PC specific. GTA V on PC comprises of GTA Online, that in turn support for 30 players at a time and 2 spectators.

And the one that stands above all is GTA V on PC comes along with Rockstar Editor, an authoritative recording and editing suite.

GTA V for PC - Rockstar car

Concept of Frames Per Second

GTA V on PC gives the players an opportunity to experience the very game that runs at a speed of 60 FPS. Frames Per Second(FPS) gives an idea of the number of images that the PC produces in a second.

GTA V for PC - FPS

A higher FPS implies a greater number of images being displayed per second. To put the thing more simply a greater FPS means the users are able to see a smooth animation.

On the other hand, lower FPS causes the images to sputter, which is in general not comfortable for the players.

Some gamers are convinced with 30 FPS, but to have the crop of the game it is best to have 60 FPS.

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Gaming is always Better with Higher Resolution

Resolution of the screen specifies the number of pixels that appear on the screen of the PC. In general, high resolution implies greater pixel, implying more detailed and spacious picture.

While, when it is low resolution, that implies lesser pixels and generally occupies less space.

GTA V for PC - 4k resolution

It is always better to see the pictures with a higher resolution since with higher resolution we happen to get pictures that are sharper. Hence, the clarity of the picture increases.

 Hardware Requirements for GTA V on PC

A point that must be noted is that there is a range of PC factors that have an impact on the players’ performance while playing GTA V on PC.

We will now have a glance at the merest and endorsed system requirements, suggested by Rockstar Games.

Merest Requirements of the System Declared Officially:

  • Hard Drive: Hard Disk Drive must have at least 40 GB free space
  • Memory: The RAM should at least 4GB RAM
  • Graphics Card (AMD) – AMD HD 4870 1GB
  • Graphics Card (NVIDIA) – NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB
  • Processor – Intel Core 2 Q6600 @ 2.40GHz or AMD Phenom 9850 @ 2.5GHz

Some System Specifications Endorsed Officially:

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 40 GB free HDD space
  • Graphics Card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB
  • Graphics Card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 or AMD X8 FX-8350

Next, we will be analyzing how the performance of GTA V on PC is determined by each factor.

Graphics Processing Unit for GTA V on PC

Unlike many other games, graphics card of the computer has an extreme impact on the very conduct of the game.

Since the game was basically created for consoles, so its appearance has not got that creativity that other PC games of these days have. Another important fact is that GTA V on PC is an open world game.

That means the game imparts objects that are at a pretty good distance from the player. And for that matter, the game requires a sound graphical power.

Although the publisher of GTA V on PC, Rockstar Games specifies graphics card with 2 GB of VRAM. But to run the game on maximum settings of 1080 pixels it will always be better if the GPU has 4061 Mb of VRAM. To put the thing more simply, the better performance of GTA V on PC demands the GPU to have 4 GB of VRAM.

While the game is being played at high settings of 1080p, then the most feasible graphics card giving smooth FPS has to be either the RX 480 or the GTX 1060.

Again if the player is playing at 1440p on high settings then the graphics card requirement changes. In this case, the player will get best results with a GTX 1080 or 2* GTX 1070s.

But when the player plays GTA V for PC with 60 FPS at a 4k resolution, the need then changes to 2* GTX 1080s.

Role and Requirments of CPU for GTA V on PC

It is a fact that the CPU plays an important role in how GTA V on PC performs but the very role is not as significant as that of GPU.

Nevertheless, when compared to other PC games the role of CPU is a bit more significant while playing GTA V on PC.

Gamers can easily notice the difference while playing with a budget CPU and the high-end one. The big difference in the performance of the game can be seen by upgrading the system from an i3 to an i5. It gives almost 20% performance hike.

So for a better game playing it is always better to have an Intel Core i5 at least.

RAM Requirements for GTA V on PC

According to Rockstar’s specs, the RAM recommended for the game is 4 GB, but for most of the PC versions of the games, it is always better to have at least 8 GB of RAM.

GTA V for PC - system requirements

Settings of GTA V on PC

It is a very user-friendly part of GTA V on PC that the players can tweak a huge range of settings that comes along with the game.

Here, in this episode, I will provide a list of settings adjusting which accordingly players can add more punch to the game:

  • Anti-Aliasing
    • TXAA – Temporal Anti-Aliasing
    • FXAA – Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing
    • MSAA – Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing
  • Texture quality
  • Tessellation
  • Long shadows
  • Shadow quality
  • Shader quality
  • Grass quality
  • Water quality
  • Distance scaling
  • Population variety
  • Population density
  • Post FX
  • Soft shadows
  • Particles quality
  • Reflection quality
  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Anisotropic filtering
  • Motion blur strength
  • High-resolution shadows
  • Extended distance scaling
  • Extended shadow distance
  • Pause game on loss of focus
  • In-Game depth of field effects
  • VSync or Vertical synchronization
  • High detail streaming while flying

How to Workout With These Settings?

As a PC game, GTA V on PC happens to be really a demanding one. It is well and good if keeping all the other settings at their maximum level the PC can somehow manage to maintain a steady 60 FPS.

But, again if somehow the PC cannot manage a steady 60 FPS then one has to tweak the settings. I will tell how:

But before that one more thing that must be mentioned is that adjusting multiple settings at a time is not going to give cumulative effect on the framerate.

What I am trying to imply is that, suppose, adjusting a setting gives 5% improvement and adjusting the other one gives 5% again. Descending both the settings, in this case, will not give a 10% improvement.

But can improve the situation somewhere between 5-7% at most.

To get an improved framerate, players may try the following plans, but even here the primary thing to be focused is the visuals of the game. Settings can be tweaked only up to that point where the visuals of the game are not disturbed.

Plan A

You can turn down the Anti-aliasing setting to get a higher framerate. But I advise players to check it constantly that the game has some great visuals.

Plan B

You can work out with the shadow and reflection settings till they mind the visuals of the game:

  • Shadow Quality – Gamers can lower the same to either high or normal
  • Water Quality – You can lower it to normal level
  • Distance Scaling – Users can decrease this up to 30%
  • Reflection MSAA – Gamers can lower this from 8x MSAA to somewhere at 4x MSAA.
Plan C

To get better FPS users can alter some settings in addition to the ones mentioned above:

  • Shader Quality: Users can lower this very option to normal
  • Reflection Quality: You can adjust it to high or normal
  • Extended-Distance Scaling: Users can adjust this one below 30% to get good FPS.
Plan D

Moving ahead to those adjustments that can improve FPS by a huge amount with very minimal effect on the visuals:

  • Population Density: Try to keep this in between 25 and 0%.
  • Post FX: You can try lowering this one to normal or high.
  • Grass Quality: At times in heavily forested areas users get a drop in the frame rate. Users can adjust it and bring a huge improvement. Try to set it at the normal level.
  • Last but not least, you may try turning MSAA off.

Towards the End

We have now reached the platform from where we find the hardware requirement to play GTA V on PC. GPU plays a major role in adding punch to the game. The system should have a power-packed GPU.

Also, go for checking if the CPU is feasible with the open world version of the game.


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