Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V cover
Rockstar North
Rockstar San Diego[1]
Rockstar Leeds[1]
Rockstar Toronto[1]
Rockstar New England[1]
Rockstar London[1]
Rockstar Games
Release dates
Windows April 14, 2015
Grand Theft Auto V at Wikipedia
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 1997
Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
Grand Theft Auto III 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2003
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2005
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City 2010
Grand Theft Auto V 2015

Key points

Single player mods are allowed and are not a bannable offence. Disable any mods before going Online.[3]
Ability to import your music for your own custom radio station.

General information

PC Report
GeForce Graphics Guide
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Requires online activation
Comes with 7 DVD's, Product key also unlocks access to a digital download.[4]
Requires online activation
Requires online activation
Developer website
Requires online activation
Requires online activation
Requires online activation
Green Man Gaming
Requires online activation
Humble Store
Requires online activation
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Requires online activation
All versions require the Rockstar Games Social Club in order to activate the game and play online[5] and Arxan Anti-Tamper DRM.[6]
Console players can redeem exclusive content in the PC version, including weapons, vehicles, events and money bonuses.[7]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA V\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA V\Profiles\<user-id>\
Rendered Rockstar Editor videos are saved in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Rockstar Games\GTA V\videos\rendered

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Uses Rockstar Social Club's savegame cloud sync function.

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
More video settings.
More video settings.
Even more video settings.
Even more video settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are pillarboxed 16:9. Use Flawless Widescreen.
Cutscenes are pillarboxed 16:9. Use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Cutscene Black Bars Fix on 4K TVs
Field of view (FOV)
45-55° vertical. Use GTA5FoV or Flawless Widescreen to change FOV, may be bannable if used online.[8]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 270 FPS.[citation needed]

Chromatic aberration[edit]

Chromatic aberration is forced on by default. Use Chromatic Aberration Disabled to disable.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
All control options must be bound, including redundancies.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Must use the Raw Input option, otherwise mouse sensitivity is framerate-dependant.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Supports both XInput and DirectInput controllers.
Full controller support
Rockstar Social Club launcher emulates LS of gamepad as mouse cursor. Opens virtual keyboard when you click in input area.
Controller remapping
Can only switch between pre-set layouts.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock prompts use the PS3 Gamepad Icons mod
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Use GTAVSteamControllerNative Mode. Rapidly changes button prompts.[9]
Steam Input API support
Official Steam Controller bindings only.

Mouse stuttering when moving with the keyboard[edit]

Ease of Access Center[citation needed]
  1. Start > Control Panel > Ease of Access > Change how your keyboard works
  2. Click 'Set up Filter Keys'.
  3. Select 'Turn on Filter Keys' and 'Turn on Repeat Keys and Slow Keys', uncheck 'Beep when keys are pressed or accepted' and apply.
  4. Click on 'Set up Repeat Keys and Slow Keys'.
  5. Set 'Avoid accidental keystrokes' to 0.0 seconds and select 'Ignore all repeated keystrokes' and apply.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.0 output.[10]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Under the Audio menu.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, Download. Doesn't contain translation for Online part.
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Includes localization for Spain and Latin America, but it depends on Windows Language preferences (for Latin America, Windows language must be on Español (México) or Español Latinoamérica, for Spain must be on any configuration of Spanish).

Adding custom music[edit]

Adding Music[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open User Music.
  3. Add any desired tracks.


Windows shortcuts can be used for the desired music.
Only the WAV, MP3, WMA, M4A formats are supported.
Some users have reported slower-loading textures when using the Self-Radio station.[11]


Online features require a Rockstar Games Social Club account.
Online characters can no longer be transferred from the console versions since March 6, 2017.[12]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
30 Co-op, Versus
Cooperative campaign requires a separate mod.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Steam version only. Type "steam://connect/[IP]" on Command Prompt or Browser (Recommended on Command Prompt)[citation needed]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 6672, 61455-61458

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Native support for up to triple-monitor setups.[5] See also Helix Mod: GTA V.
TriDef 3D
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Use GTA:V OpenVR Mod.
Oculus Rift
Use GTA:V OpenVR Mod.
Windows Mixed Reality
Use GTA:V OpenVR Mod.
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Use GTA:V OpenVR Mod.
Controller Full support See Input settings for details.
Play area Native Notes

Issues unresolved[edit]

Unable to start game on laptops with Intel-AMD switchable graphics[edit]

3 possible fixes[13]
  • Start game with gtav.exe set to "Power saving" and change it back to "High Performance" at right time when main game launches
  • Use Windows 10 Technical Preview with Windows Update drivers
  • Seems to work for most people: hotfix that simply ignores the exception when launching game YouTube video with link and explanation

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash when using Dxtory[edit]

Run as administrator[citation needed]
  1. Open GTA5.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Enable Run this program as an administrator.


If the launcher does not work, untick Run this program as an administrator for GTAVLauncher.exe.

Broken benchmark[edit]

At the end of the second mission, you will arrive at Franklin's house. Sleep in the bed to save your game and do the benchmark in the options menu from there[citation needed]

Heavy game stutter/stutter in general[edit]

Open the task manager and close, or either directly delete, the "RzSurroundVADStreamingService" service. Only viable if you have Razer Synapse installed[citation needed]
If you have a monitor that has higher refresh rate than 60Hz (like an overclocked monitor) you might want to set the refresh rate manually in the settings menu in game and then switch VSync on. Also go into the Nvidia Control Panel and turn off Shader Cache, set Maximum Pre-rendered Frames to 1, Threaded Optimization to On and put on Single Display Performance Mode. This fixed the remaining stuttering I had[citation needed]


Switch DirectX version[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open settings.xml with your text editor of choice.
  3. Find DX_Version and change the value to 0.
  4. Save your changes and run the game.
You might need to force write protection on settings.xml if the value resets after launching the game.


The error message usually means corrupted data files. A manual action is required to solve the issue.

Redownload the game, verify the game's cache or follow this guide[citation needed]

Game does not open ("Grand Theft Auto V has Stopped Working" generic Windows error)[edit]

The game makes it past the launcher. However, when the main game loads it crashes instantaneously leaving you with a black screen, or the Windows error prompt.
Unplug your USB controller. If that doesn't work, try launching with just your mouse OR keyboard[citation needed]

Unplug other USB attachments. The Mayflash DolphinBar will cause this problem.

Delete gamepad/controller driver or library[citation needed]
  1. Launch the game with the gamepad plugged in. Let it crash and close it.
  2. Go to Windows Event Viewer.
  3. Go to Applications.
  4. Look for the Error that corresponds to GTA, it should be recent since our game just crashed.
  5. Identify the problem in the Error description. For example:
    Faulting application name: GTA5.exe
    Faulting module name: 811EZFRD64.DLL
  1. Taking 811EZFRD64.DLL as an example (it may be different for you). It is located at %WINDIR%\USB_Vibration, which is a folder that contains gamepad related files.
  2. Delete the file (you may want to backup it, just in case).
  3. Try running the game with your gamepad plugged in. It should work fine now.

Game crashes during missions[edit]

The game crashes at random, with no error code, during cutscenes and missions where the game automatically switches between characters.
Enable Landing Page[citation needed]
  1. In the game settings on the Saving and Startup tab, set Landing Page to ON[citation needed]

Stuttering during gameplay[edit]

Disable the custom radio[citation needed]
Keep the graphical settings under the video memory limit[citation needed]
Play in offline mode (see below for instructions)[citation needed]
Change Windows sound quality[citation needed]
  1. Open Start menu, search for "mmsys.cpl" and open it.
  2. On the Playback tab, click on your sound card and click on Properties.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab and change the default format to a lower setting (16bit, 48000hz should stop stutter entirely).
  4. Apply and hit OK.
Set Graphics settings in Nvidia Control Panel[citation needed]
  1. Right click on your desktop background.
  2. Select Nvidia Control Panel
  3. Go to Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings tab.
  4. In the select program field, select GTA5.exe.
  5. Modify the following settings.
  6. Maximium pre-rendered frames=1
  7. Power management mode=Prefer Maximum Performance
  8. Threaded optimization=On
  9. Vertical sync=Adaptive
  10. Hit Apply to save.
Use "-framelimit 1" command line parameter[citation needed]
Use update 5 (1.0.350.1) of the game[15]
It is one of the latest versions without game files crypting/decrypting - with less load on CPU.[14]
Playing online is possible only with newest updates.
Change settings of page file

For 8GB/16GB RAM users it suppose to be set in field min. for game partition - 400, in max - 16000, for 4GB RAM - 8192.

Further instructions here

Unable to play Offline[edit]

Use the -scOfflineOnly command line argument[citation needed]

Missing mfreadwrite.dll[edit]

Some players reports missing mfreadwrite.dll error[citation needed]

The issue is due to N versions of Windows, because it has no built-in Media Features Pack.

Black Bars during Cutscenes on TVs with 4K Resolution[edit]

Follow this Guide on Steam[citation needed]

Cutscene Black Bars Fix on 4K TVs

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 10, 10.1, 11
Shader Model support 4.0, 5.0
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Bullet, Euphoria
Interface Scaleform v3.3.94
Cutscenes Bink Video v1.994a

Command line arguments[edit]

See Rockstar's list of available command line entries.

System requirements[edit]

A 64-bit OS is required.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) AMD Phenom X4 9850 2.5 GHz
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz
AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 72 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 4870
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 10/10.1 compatible
AMD Radeon HD 7870
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 10 compatible


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