GTA 5 System Requirements [all]. Can I Run GTA 5 on my PC?

Playing GTA V is undoubtedly a lot of fun. Sadly, not every PC can handle the game. So, what are GTA V system requirements? Can you run it? Let’s find out.

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I bet you own a personal computer. And it’s sitting somewhere near you right now. But you’re wondering if you can install and play GTA 5 on that PC.

Your curiosity about GTA 5 PC requirements has led you to just the right place. I’ll discuss all that in this article.

Your PC must at least meet the GTA V minimum requirements before you can install and play the game.

To help you find out if your PC meets the benchmark, we’ve prepared this detailed guide.

Here’s everything you’ll find in this article:

  • Key question answered: Can I run GTA 5 on my PC?
  • How to know your system specifications
  • GTA 5 system requirements [minimum and recommended GTA 5 PC requirements]
  • FAQs on PC requirements for GTA 5
  • What to do if you want to play GTA 5 on Android

Let’s get down to business…

First, I’ll answer the most important question of this article.

Can I Run GTA 5 on my PC?

No one can give you a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to that question. To effectively answer it, you have to first, find out your system specifications.

I can easily list all GTA 5 PC requirements, but it’ll be useless to you if you don’t know your core system specifications.

How to know your system specification?

There easy steps to checking your system specs on PC:

On Windows PC:

 

Type “dxdiag” in the Windows search bar and run (select) the program that pops up. It’s called the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.

You should see an image that looks like this:

GTA 5 system requirements - how to check your specs

Take note of the details in the red rectangle.

To find out what graphics card is installed on your system, your display memory (VRAM) and shared memory, simply click on the ‘Display’ tab at the top left.

GTA 5 PC Minimum Requirements

Before proceeding, you should understand that playing the game at GTA 5 minimum requirements isn’t really ideal. Here’s why.

GTA V runs at 1080 and 60fps with up to 4K resolution. If you don’t understand all that jargon, it simply means the game demands a lot of graphics and processing power.

In fact, you need something like an NVIDIA GTX 1660 graphics card if you’re running GTA V on a Full HD screen.

Can my laptop run GTA 5?

If you don’t own a high-end laptop, your device could struggle to run the game. Really.
What you’ll notice are some frame-rate delay and dull graphics. In that case, your gaming experience can be adversely impacted. Unless you tweak your game settings.

Anyways, here are the Grand Theft Auto 5 PC minimum requirements you’re itching to see.

These details were released by Rockstar Games (makers of GTA 5)

Operating System: Windows 10 64 Bit, Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
GTA 5 file size: 72GB

If you can meet that GTA 5 requirements, you should be able to install and run GTA 5 at the medium setting.

If you want to get more out of the game on medium settings, open your ‘Task Manager’ and kill apps and processes eating up your processor and video memory.

GTA 5 PC specs - Task Manager

You can play GTA 5 without installations or tweaking any system setting. The game will be streamed directly from an efficient cloud server. You won’t have to worry about gameplay issues. Download the app and play GTA 5 now (in the cloud and on Android).

If you want to fully enjoy the graphics of GTA 5 on your PC, you’ll have to have a computer that meets the recommended system requirements.

Can your PC run GTA 5? Let’s check.

GTA 5 Recommended System Requirements for PC

If your computer meets the GTA V recommended specs, you can play the game at the highest settings. And you won’t experience any gameplay issues. 

These are the officially recommended system requirements from Rockstar: 

Operating System: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB RAM
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
GTA 5 file size: 72GB

As you can see from the recommended PC requirements, GTA 5 can be a demanding game on your system hardware.

If you noted your system specifications like was suggested earlier, you should be able to tell if you can play GTA 5 on your PC.

You’ll be interested to know GTA 5 can also be played on your phone [Android]. But what are the requirements?

GTA 5 for Android Requirements

You can’t download GTA 5 online to your phone because it’s too big [as large as 72GB]. And there’s no Android version of the game. Rockstar didn’t make one.

But you can play GTA 5 on your phone today without experiencing any frame rate delay, just like on PC.

Here’s what you need:

  • An Android device running on OS 4.4 or higher
  • Steady internet connection [speeds of at least 4Mbps]

With that, you can connect to the cloud and play GTA 5 on Android.

If you want to learn more about playing GTA 5 on Android, check this post (click).

Do you still have some questions about GTA 5 system requirements?

FAQs

Gamers are constantly asking varying questions relating to whether their PC can run GTA 5.

Let’s answer a few of those questions here.

Can I run GTA 5 with 4GB RAM?

4GB RAM is the minimum amount of memory required to run GTA 5. But your RAM size isn’t the only requirement for deciding whether you can run GTA 5.

You must have at least a 1GB NVIDIA 9800 GT graphics card or the NVIDIA GTX 660.
Your hard disk should have at least 80GB of free space.

Can I run GTA 5 with 2 GB RAM?

No. Irrespective of the amount of space on your hard drive and the graphics card installed on your PC, you can’t install and play GTA V with 2GB of RAM.

The only way you can play the game with such a low memory is to play it in the cloud (download the app).

Can I run GTA V without a graphics card?

Without an integrated graphics card installed on your PC, you can’t play GTA V. Most PCs come with an integrated graphics card, especially if you’re using an Intel computer.

With an integrated graphics card, you may not enjoy optimum gameplay of GTA 5.

But you can play the game at medium settings if you have an Intel HD 600 series graphics card.

The bottom line is, you need a graphics card to run GTA 5.
A discrete graphics card is what works best.

You can upgrade from an integrated graphics card to a discrete graphics card by plugging in a display adapter into one of the empty PCI slots on your motherboard.

You may need a technician to help you with that upgrade.

Can I Play GTA 5 Online?

Yes. But you need to install the game on your PC first. After buying the game from Rockstar, you need an activation code to play the game online.

There are two other ways to play the game online:

You have to Mod the game. You will need to download and install some files to do it. Watch the video below to learn how:

Just as you can play GTA 5 online on your mobile phone without installations or downloads, you can also play it online on your PC with cloud gaming. No downloads or pricey hardware required.

Can I play GTA 5 without internet?

Yes. If you install GTA 5 on your gaming PC you can play the game without an internet connection. But you’ll be playing it on single player mode.

Takeaways

Now you know all the GTA 5 system requirements. You even learned how to run the game in the cloud.

Remember, if your PC does not meet the minimum requirements, you can’t run GTA 5 on PC.

With minimum requirements, you can’t play GTA 5 at ultra-settings. You have to tweak your graphics settings to avoid frame rate problems. At medium settings, you can play the game at 720p or even 1080p resolution.

Cheer up, if your PC doesn’t meet GTA V minimum or recommended PC requirements, you can still play the game on the cloud without any frame rate delay.

It all bores down to the type of computer you have. Can you run GTA V on your PC or laptop? I’ll love to know what you think about playing GTA 5 in the cloud. Have you tried it before? Let me know in the comments below!

Kingsley Ukpai
Kingsley Ukpai
Guest blogger
I'm up to speed with everything Technology and digital marketing. Writing stuff worth reading is my pride and joy. Bar writing, I'm also an addicted gamer, my gaming console always takes a beating. Watch this space, there's so much I want to show you.

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