A comment made by Chris Evenden, Nvidia’s senior director of investor relations, has stoked rumors that Grand Theft Auto V will receive a sooner than expected PC release. The highly anticipated crime and tennis simulator is scheduled for an explosive console release next month but the game has, as of yet, to secure an official PC release date.
However, during an earnings call transcribed by Seeking Alpha, Evenden indicated that GTA V would be looking at fall release for those of a PC persuasion:
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. 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.
A fall offering of GTA V would be highly unusual, considering that previous ports of GTA games have been excruciatingly late and rather shoddily knocked together. At the moment nothing has been made official but it is clear that Nvidia believes a fall drop is possible and are optimizing their GPU drivers in the event of an earlier than expected release.