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GTA 5 PC high settings to require 16GB of RAM?

Luke Johnson



Ahead of the upcoming GTA 5 release date, new reports have suggested that a GTA 5 PC release will require 16GB of RAM to fully utilise the game’s potential.

Although publisher Rockstar has yet to confirm any plans for a GTA 5 PC release, with the upcoming GTA 5 release date set to see just PS3 and Xbox 360 iterations of the game touch down, new reports have suggested that a GTA 5 PC offering is in the works with the title to be demanding on users’ systems.

Basing its rather speculative predictions on the system requirements for the PC rendition of Rockstar’s most recent release, Max Payne 3, gaming blog Bitbag has suggested that a GTA 5 PC release with require a whopping 16GB of system RAM to hit its maximum performance capabilities.

Whilst this puts the title’s full PC possibilities out of reach for many, latest reports have suggested that a stripped back form could be played with minimum system requirements as low as 3GB of system RAM and a 3GHz dual-core processor.

GTA 5 Rumours

With the GTA 5 release date now just weeks away, a number of questions have still yet to be answered about the latest addition to the iconic Grand Theft Auto gaming franchise, including the game’s exact date of arrival.

With Rockstar having yet to embellish on its promised ‘spring 2013’ GTA 5 release date, a number of retailers have started speculating on the game’s formal date of arrival. Whilst retail giant Tesco has offered a potential March 12 GTA 5 release date to those pre-ordering the upcoming game, further outlets have offered varying potential launch dates with a June19 arrival tipped by Amazon.

Although a GTA 5 release date has currently been confirmed only for PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers, it is widely expected the latest Grand Theft Auto iteration will touch down for PC and possible mobile platforms with publisher Rockstar stating “everything else is up for consideration.”

Dan Houser, Vice President of Rockstar Games added: “We are a third-party publisher. We're not Nintendo, we're not Sony, we're not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there's the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market.

“If that's on Apple we put something on Apple. Wherever it might be. I think that's the fun in what we do. We see ourselves as a content company that uses technology. We don't make it; we use it to make the most fun stuff.”

Would you like to see a GTA 5 PC release touch down alongside the confirmed Xbox 360 and PS3 offerings or are the title’s tipped specification requirements too demanding for your machine? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feed or through the comment boxes below.


January 18, 2013, 10:54 am

Where to start - the bitbag article assumes that GTA V on PC will require a next gen CPU & GPU. We know that GTA V is being targeted at the Xbox 360 & PS3, so it will be running on console hardware that's been out for 6-7 years.

Seeing that no current PS3/Xbox 360 conversion needs 16GB memory, then this is at best speculation, at worse pure fantasy. Not to mention, as the article states, Rockstar are yet to confirm any plans for a PC release, so I'd side with the latter.


January 18, 2013, 12:19 pm

What is your source for this information?

Maybe one of the joke type comments like the one found on this post?

Steven Langenheim

January 18, 2013, 10:38 pm

well i geuss thats what the cry babies who wanted the pc version get lol most people dont have a pc that powerful so rockstar is like " you wanted pc then here you go" good luck lol


January 19, 2013, 1:26 am

First off, your spelling/grammar is just not worth speaking about. I'd feel bad if I was a massive fan of GTA, saw the first trailer, waited almost a year to find out there won't be a PC release, and have fucking Rockstar give updates on GTA V on their Steam group despite Steam being a PC platform, rubbing it in our faces, and so on. Besides, this is not confirmed at all. In fact, I never even heard a 16 GB rumor. I know there will probably be a PC release but Rockstar killed my enthusiasm so I am not interested anymore.


January 19, 2013, 4:20 am

So, by trusted reviews, they mean total bullshit?

Diya Mohamad

January 19, 2013, 7:58 am

I want gta v for pc


January 19, 2013, 1:58 pm

If it does come on pc then I hope R* pleases up console users than the cheating users of the pc. It's about time that some1 showed these stupid people that copying games will only make matters worse so thanks R*.


January 20, 2013, 1:53 am

the moron that said requires 16gb ram is a total moron. to utilize video rendering for gta iv of creating game will take 16gb. not 16gb to play game. if that was the case there would be no current system even ps3 and xbox would not not work. trusted reveiwer ,my ***


January 21, 2013, 1:11 am

What? "all of the pc users cheat" that statement was based on opinion not on facts, and mods aren't cheats.

Graham Arthur

January 21, 2013, 11:01 am

Well his grammar does look terrible.

Graham Arthur

January 21, 2013, 11:05 am

Mods Usually add more adventure to the game or fix glitches.

Graham Arthur

January 21, 2013, 11:06 am

Yeah I don't understand why this game would need 16 GB of ram.

Chris Hatton

January 21, 2013, 11:08 am

LCPD:FR is a hugely successful mod that has also had (rumoured) support from rockstar, and although not GTA, the mod for ArmA:2 that converted it into DayZ was so well received it has now been adopted by ArmA's makers to create its own standalone game...

mark wood

January 21, 2013, 11:23 am



January 30, 2013, 5:50 pm

Wow, this will be an even more horrible port than IV, will take some crazy overlooked i7 to run with graphics no better than Crysis.

Nipun Sharma

January 30, 2013, 7:56 pm

By this i presume you think there is no piracy on consoles? And also, have a look at the sales of PC games on steam, when you get the time to get your head out of your ASS...


February 1, 2013, 10:33 pm

The 360 has Only 512MB Ram lololololololol

Definitelynot Andrew

February 9, 2013, 4:49 pm

He wasn't saying it requires that much RAM, but to reach full potential (e.g. fly up and view all of Los Santos living and breathing below you) the game will need 16gb to serve all that living information. GTA has always been based on scalability, and how much of the city you're willing to miss. I upgraded my PC for GTA4 as soon as I saw screenshots because suddenly there was life at the end of every street instead of the Xbox's blurry mess.

I'll be waiting for the PC release of 5.

Definitelynot Andrew

February 9, 2013, 4:59 pm

It's not a rumor. We already know GTA uses as much as you want to use. Look at GTA4's settings options. You can scale the city in real time based on your specs. If you have 16gb of RAM you can see all the way to the horizon. That's all this article is saying. Feel free to scale it down to 3gb and dual core to get the Xbox experience. The PC will probably still look better at that level because you can tweak what you don't want, like AA or texture resolution, to fit your tastes.

Or you could just wait for the inevitable Xbox 720 port at Christmas. :)

Don Totawatte

February 16, 2013, 6:00 am

hahah no probs for me!!! gud thing i can even customise mine hehehe


August 10, 2013, 10:19 pm

nah... 16gb ram? that computer might still rare in the world..... only programmers and software engneers own that kind'a desktop/laptop

Mohammad Ridwan

August 14, 2013, 4:34 pm

PS3 has only 256MB RAM.... lol


September 1, 2013, 6:13 am

I've a Core i3 3rd Gen 2.10 GHz, 4GB Ram and no vga. Will it run on this?


September 1, 2013, 9:26 am

Alienware, 16gb ram and Asus titan video card 6gb, six core processor 4.2 Ghz overclock, im ready , I cant wait for this game


September 15, 2013, 7:15 pm

No, programmers and software engineers don't typically need that much RAM. Video editing usually needs the most RAM, so you can edit the video quickly from RAM instead of from your hard drive. :)

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