UPDATE: Nvidia denies knowing anything about a possible PC port
Rockstar Games has a habit of making PC gamers wait for ports of its popular Grand Theft Auto franchise, and given the publisher's lack of information regarding its upcoming Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) release to Windows, we weren't really anticipating an exception. Until now, that is. After reading some comments Nvidia made about upcoming titles, we're optimistic that GTA V will crash the PC party sometime this fall.
The comment originates at Seeking Alpha, which transcribed Nvidia's earnings conference call earlier this month. It was then spotted by Forbes and our sister site PC Gamer. After following the white rabbit down the rabbit hole, here's the nugget that was waiting at the bottom:
"The PC market is evolving. As entry level laptops face pressure from tablets. Yet sales of specialty PCs like gaming systems and work stations continue to grow. The disparity reflects how consumers use these different classes of PCs," said Chris Evenden, Senior Director of Investor Relations at Nvidia. "Many consumers look for PC as a general purpose device they can use for browsing, email, social media video. But much of this can be better served by a tablet. In contrast, 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."
Part of the last sentence is bolded by us for emphasis. It's the first confirmation of its kind that GTA V might be coming to PC this fall, though we're a little weary of anything that's not an official announcement from Rockstar Games. It's also interesting that a PC release would fall so close to the console versions.
In any event, we're crossing our fingers that Nvidia just let the cat out of the bag.
UPDATE: Nvidia has contacted Maximum PC to clarify its GTA V slip up, the email reads, “Please note, during our Thursday’s earnings call, our investor relations team provided a list of important games that gamers are looking forward to on PC this fall, and included Grand Theft Auto V on that list...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. Nvidia does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error.”