GTA 4 has officially been released for the PC today, but already users are having problems with their Ati graphics cards. PCGH did the test and we can confirm the crashes.
GTA 4 (PC): Radeons seem to cause problems (picture: PCGH) [Source: view picture gallery]
With the unpatched retail version we have in our office neither a HD 4870 with 1,024 MiByte nor a HD 4850 is running. GTA 4 is also denying to run with an HD 3870 or HD 3850. All four graphics cards were tested on two X48 systems with Windows Vista x64 and the Catalyst 8.11 WHQL. Right after the welcome screen GTA 4 crashes.
It is of course possible that GTA 4 (PC) will run under different conditions (operating system, graphics card, driver, motherboard). But there are reports of users in our German forum and in the 3D Center forum that describe similar problems. It also seems like Nvidia cards are also negatively affected; we had to run the exe file several times before GTA 4 started.
GTA (PC): Pictures from our German forum (Textures: medium) [Source: view picture gallery]
We are currently keeping in touch with AMD and Rockstar and try to find a solution for the problem. Possibly a patch or a driver update can help.
As soon as we receive any new details, we will inform you at once. In the meantime might want take a look at the ups and downs of the graphics effects
of the GTA 4 PC version.