GTA IV available on Steam to pre-order

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV is now available to pre-order on Steam, for $39.99, and will be available for download on December 3, 2008. Those who pre-order will also receive a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for PC, available straight after purchase. Grand Theft Auto IV was made available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 earlier this year, and received some of the best reviews seen for a recent game, scoring 10/10 from several popular review sites.

The recommended system requirements are higher than one might expect: an Intel Core 2 2.4 GHz Quad (or AMD Phenom X3 2.1 GHz) and 16GB of hard disk space will raise some eyebrows, but let's not forget that the largely improved graphics (mainly due to the Euphoria engine) will at least partially make up for this. It should also be noted that those are only recommended; there will be the usual settings allowing the player to turn off extra features.

The game will have support for both PC controls and the Xbox 360 controller, with the PC controls likely to be the same as they were for GTA: San Andreas. As far as downloadable content for the PC goes, there is no mention of it yet, with the only known content pack - "The Lost and Damned" - announced only for the Xbox 360, due for release in early 2009.

The game should be released in retail stores on the same day, although it won't be available in European retail stores until the next day.

Link: Grand Theft Auto IV Discussion Thread

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