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It was only a few hours ago now that we reported the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V on the PC was delayed, but it was the PC requirements that caught my eye.
The biggest point of GTA V on the PC is that it requires a huge 65GB of free HDD space. Yes, 65GB! Most will shout back that HDDs are cheap these days, but SSDs aren't. Sure, SSDs are definitely cheaper than they used to be, but they still aren't cheap enough where you can just throw 65GB installations of games - and not just one, but multiple - without worrying.
On top of that, you'll need a quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM minimum with 8GB of RAM recommended, and modest GPU requirements. The HDD space is definitely a shocker, with even the biggest game installations on PC maxing out at around 50GB these days.
The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed from January 27 until March 24, Rockstar Games confirmed on Tuesday morning. When the game finally does launch for the PC, there will be a customized GTA Online mode available, so gamers will be able to compete in online competitions against one another.
"Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be," Rockstar Games noted in a statement. "Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March."
The Microsoft Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game were released in September, and recently updated for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers.
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced Forza Motorsport 6 will launch exclusively for the Microsoft Xbox One game console later this year.
The Ford GT, Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor will also make appearances in the video game, and 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the game franchise.
"Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, 'Forza Motorsport 6' will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date - offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers," said Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios. "We're excited to unveil gameplay at E3 in June."
Minecraft: Pocket Edition has topped 30 million downloads, as the paid premium game reaches an impressive milestone. The mobile version of the game is available on Google Android, Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows Phone and Amazon Kindle Fire for $7.
To help celebrate the milestone, Minecraft fans are welcome to visit this reddit thread and submit questions, which will be answered during a live question and answer session later this week.
Also, more than one million desktop gamers played Minecraft simultaneously, Mojang noted, with the milestone reached at a non-peak time.
Launching popular titles into China isn't quite as easy as you may think. Counter Strike created their own game that mimics something similar to Counter Strike 1.6 but with rocket launchers - called Counter-Strike: Online and now Call of Duty are having to travel a similar route. With Call of Duty Online, a free-to-play game, launching in China as an open public beta.
Announced on Monday by Activision, this game has been specifically designed for the Chinese market in collaboration with the internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings.
Last year, China's gaming population was reported as 300-million strong, meaning the recently approved release of Xbox and PlayStation consoles in this region saw CEOs and shareholders alike giggle with glee. Unfortunately for Sony, their PlayStation launch was held back a little - but that hasn't stopped the advancement as a whole.
The US Army Game Studio is currently creating video games, comics and mobile apps that help highlight what the Army does both in the US and overseas. Its biggest success was "America's Army," a free online game which focused on battlefield maps similar to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other active conflict zones.
The studio will continue to create interactive media for those interest, while making entertaining products that still utilize realistic, authentic environments. Furthermore, the Army is interested in having the Army Game Studio create better training environments and simulations that can be used before soldiers are deployed in combat missions.
"Inside the game, a lot of Army values are portrayed, like selfless service, courage, and teamwork," said Lt. Col. Joseph Crocitto, Army Game Studio subject matter expert developer, in a published statement. "Within the game if you don't stick together, you're going to have a hard time winning against the other team. That whole teamwork concept builds on all the Army values that make us successful in combat and successful as an organization."
After delays, the hyped multiplayer shooter from Turtle Rock (the developers behind Left 4 Dead) are preparing for the full launch of Evolve. Before that, we are being introduced to the official specifications of the game.
The minimum system requirements:
- INTEL CPU: Core 2 Duo E6600
- AMD CPU: Athlon 64 X2 6400
- SYSTEM RAM: 4GB
- NVIDIA VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 560
- ATI VIDEO CARD: Radeon HD 5770
- VIDEO MEMORY: 1GB
- HARD DRIVE: 50GB
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
And the recommended specs:
- INTEL CPU: Core i7-920
- AMD CPU: A8-3870K
- SYSTEM RAM: 6GB
- NVIDIA VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 670 or GTX 760
- ATI VIDEO CARD: Radeon R9 280
- VIDEO MEMORY: 2GB
- HARD DRIVE: 50GB
A couple of screenshots for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V have surfaced, showing the difference between low and high settings. The screenshots are coming from NfoHump user 'Neon' who is surely going to have most of the Internet talking with these GTA V screenshots.
The two shots are in-game shots from the PC version of GTA V, but it was only a few days ago that the same user posted some shots of the Settings menu of GTA V on the PC (above), as well as a few other screenshots of the game. Now we have a a low quality, and high quality screenshot to see if we can spot a big difference in quality.
Above, we have the low quality and high quality screenshots (low is the top one, high the one below it). Both of these screenshots were reportedly taken on a GeForce GTX 970 with 4GB of RAM. As you can see, there is quite a large difference between the low and high quality settings in the game, such as draw distance, shadowing, reflections on the car, and much more.
Video game retailer GameStop has teamed up with Microsoft to use the Azure cloud platform to stream video game and promotional content to user mobile devices while they are in-store. Customers will be able to view video game catalogs, trailers, promotional materials, and other data.
"Microsoft has always been a fantastic and innovative company for GameStop to collaborate with, both in the technology space as well with their video game consoles and titles," said Jeff Donaldson, SVP of GameStop Technology Institute. "We are continuing to work closely with them to discover and aggressively elevate ways to enhance the retail experience for our customers today and in the future."
GameStop has become more creative in how it approaches gamers, as streaming and digital downloads continue to alter the PC and console gaming markets.
People often refer to slow PC's as a potato or a toaster, so what better to do than make a spin-off of someone playing the beloved original Doom title through a few toasters hooked together?
Created by YouTuber Vexel, this programmer has set out to use his families toasters for a new purpose. Utilizing them as a form of gaming controller, he has apparently hacked them to enable full in-game support.
As seen through the video, quick hands are a must - so sit back and enjoy.