|QUOTE (Rachinator @ Nov 9 2008, 02:35)|
| Now... i love my PC, i own an original Xbox and played my previous GTA's on it, i was never intending to buy an Xbox 360... i play all my games on the PC... but why is it that it takes about 7 months to upgrade graphics and put in a video editor for GTAIV. This is just rockstar thinking that by gaining the anger of almost every PC owning, GTA lover, they will gain more money on the release if they drag it out. I love this franchise so dont get me wrong but why is it that the PC... the ORIGINAL gaming outlet has been given the crap end of the stick... again. |
It's all about money. Licenses with Microsoft and Sony prevent Rockstar from releasing a PC version.
It is supposed to work like this:
In the last gen, GTA would release on the PS2 first, so fans would need to buy a PS2 or wait a half a year to play GTA. This maxes out profits for Sony because people need to buy their console and Rockstar also receives a signing bonus for signing a contract that makes GTA temporarily a Sony exclusive.
Thus Sony makes tones of money and Rockstar benefits from longer lasting sales and a signing bonus.
The current gen is the same sh*t, except it is only the PC gamers waiting this time. The idea is that most people would buy consoles to play the game. And if they don't then Rockstar still maintains a continuous income once they release the PC version.
Also, since the Windows software already has huge sales, there is no need for Microsoft to promote the game on PC when they should be maximizing their Xbox sales instead. It is also in the best interest of Sony to have the game out on the consoles, because there is a 50-50 chance a gamer may buy a PS3 instead of a 360 to play GTA. Sony would lose even more profits if the PC got the game the same day as PS3 because there would be no motivation for PC games to go out and buy a PS3.
These factors and more contribute to the fact that the PC gamers need to wait to play the game.
Edited by avsrule247, 09 November 2008 - 03:41 PM.