The long-rumoured PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been mentioned by none other than Nvidia.
Videogamer reports that Nvidia’s senior director of investor relations Chris Evenden told investors in a conference call last week that: "The PC market is evolving as entry level laptops face pressure from tablets. Yet sales of speciality 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 and 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 5 and Assassin’s Creed 4."
This is not a confirmation, of course, and could be nothing more than a passing reference to a big IP.
Remember that Rockstar’s PC history is a mixed affair. Grand Theft Auto IV did make the jump to PC eventually, although gamers were critical of many aspects of the port. Other titles such as Red Dead Redemption have never been released on the platform.
UPDATE: Nvidia’s European PR manager Ben Berraondo has unsurprisingly distanced the company from the Grand Theft Auto V comments.
"During our Thursday’s earnings call, our investor relations team provided a list of important games that gamers are looking forward to on PC this fall and included Grand Theft Auto 5 on that list," a statement released to Eurogamer claims.
"This statement was made with the intent of expressing enthusiasm for the games industry in general, and was not intended to represent specific knowledge possessed by Nvidia. Nvidia does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error."