Obviously, when the HD re-release of GTA V hits, that means a whole lot of current players are going to be transferring over to either of the current-gen consoles, or PC...
...which, for GTAO, means that a player-base split between two platforms, will effectively get re-split five ways (three new, two existing).
Question is, how is that going to affect each platform's respective 'populations'? Are the older-gen console versions going to be left as virtual 'ghost towns'? Is PC too niche for a sizeable portion of players to move to it? Etc., usw, and all that.
Figured it was worth doing a quick poll (and maybe drawing up some quick charts based on the results) to give people an idea of how the numbers are going to be affected.
Granted, that's only based on Gtaforums members (and then, only those who vote!) - it can't take into account the larger game population, nor such factors as:
- PC/XBone/PS4 gamers who aren't currently playing GTAO, but are going to buy it when it hits those platforms.
- Likewise people who may well start playing on the existing two consoles down the line (for instance, people who don't want to splash out for new console or a gaming PC).
As for 'who's going where, from where', that's not trackable either (without manually checking who voted what on each part of the poll, at least), but that's not really relevant - the main aim is to get an idea of the current console populations, and how having the existing online player-base spread more thinly is likely to end up.
Note: if you're not sure about whether or not you're going to transfer to a different platform or not, go with what you're realistically going to do come the re-release.
For example, if you'd like to switch to PC, but probably won't have the money for a bespoke gaming rig in the forseeable future, better to vote 'staying on whichever console you're on', rather than 'moving to PC'.