Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
DEC 03
Widespread reports of GTA IV PC problems

Grand Theft Auto IV - Community News | @ 01:00 PM MDT | By Neil
ProblemsBack in 2002 Rockstar Games released a port of Grand Theft Auto III for PC. The game's system requirements weren't especially taxing for the time, but gamers (myself included) experienced issues with the game's performance.

Fast forward six years and it seems like history is repeating itself. Message boards around the web are littered with stories from gamers who have realised that their machines aren't quite up to the job of running GTA IV.

The most critical part of the system for playing GTA IV seems to be the graphics card and the game box recommends at minimum a GeForce 7900 or Radeon X1900 chip. However, even cards from the generation above these are struggling - by far the most vocal group seems to be those who own nVidia's GeForce 8800 series of graphics cards. It seems that people using this hardware aren't getting the performance they expected.
Most users using current PC hardware as of December 2008 are advised to use medium graphics settings. Higher settings are provided for future generations of PCs with higher specifications than are currently widely available.
-- Rockstar Games, 2nd December 2008
Thankfully back in the old Liberty City days a patch was swiftly issued and performance was improved drastically. Whether we'll get a repeat performance this time around remains to be seen, although SLI support will be coming according to Rockstar.

If you're on the fence at the moment about buying this game, and if you've got anything less than a GeForce 8800 then it's probably advisable to hold out on your purchase and see if the situation develops further.
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Registered User

Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 101
At first I was pissed that you PC people would have

A) Better graphics

now? I just feel sorry for you guys. Not in a "Ha ha, look at that!" kind of way but in the, "Damn....that sucks," kind of way.

But, I'll be damned if this doesn't make me want to pick up GTAIV for the first time in MONTHS. I mean, I haven't even downloaded the patch for Trophies yet, and now I'm excited about doing that. So...kudos.
12-03-2008 02:16 PM
Registered User

Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 22
Yeah, I'm hoping things get patched up soon. But since this is my first time playing GTAIV, it's still a blast, performance issues not withstanding. Right now, my biggest annoyance is the cramp in my wrists from playing for sessions that are way too long. lol

I'm looking into picking up an XBox360 controller now since apparently that's the only kind that GFW games like.
12-03-2008 02:51 PM
Registered User

Registered: Sep 2004
Posts: 375
I got my copy today. Im not experiencing any graphical issues, just the really really poor performance is annoying. Game really shouldn't be using the amount of the resources it is.
12-03-2008 03:51 PM
Registered User

Registered: Nov 2002
Posts: 6,210
At least you got that far. The DVDs won't even read for me.
12-03-2008 03:52 PM

Registered: N/A
Posts: 0
I would of never bought this game if i knew it would run so bad! i did the test to see if it would run and it said all fine but the frame rate is really bad to the point its more or less unplayable. Ive only got 10 days to take it back so if there is no patch by then im taking it back
12-03-2008 05:11 PM
Registered User

Registered: Jul 2005
Posts: 4,492
this reminds me of when Halo 1 got ported from Xbox to PC, the latest hardware at the time that game came out struggled on that game as well.

Why do some game developers do this anyway? make the game more taxing than todays systems can handle?
12-03-2008 07:53 PM
Registered User

Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 2
People would've killed me for saying this before the game was released, but they should've taken the proper development time to fully optimize the game for PC. It seems like R* just rushed development from obvious demand, but then they shouldn't have given an arbitrary release date when it obviously wasn't enough time. And yeah, Halo 1 ran like crap on the extreme high-end PC I had in 2003.

Anyway, if history is in fact repeating itself, a very welcome patch will be released soon enough.
12-03-2008 11:57 PM
Registered User

Registered: Oct 2007
Posts: 5
I got an HD4870x2 Crossfire with 2Gb of dedicated RAM and it lags on maximum settigns! that is so so so lame! all drivers are up-to-date and I also got 8Gb of RAM and a C2EXTREME 3.2Ghz and it still lags, stupid porting problems...
12-04-2008 08:36 AM

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