Skip to content

How to install GTA on PC

Rate this post

How to install GTA on PC: You are a person who defines himself as particularly fond of PC video games and by now you have played and know all the most famous ones by heart. However, you would like to take advantage of a discount to buy and play the famous saga of Grand Theft Auto, one of the longest-running sagas by Rockstar Games, since it is missing from your collection. Unfortunately, however, even if you consider yourself an expert videogame player, you cannot say that you are just as well versed in technology: you would therefore like my help to understand how to install GTA on a PC .

How do you say? Are things actually this way? Then it is a real luck that you happened to be on this guide of mine; you have nothing to worry about because I am able to explain to you in detail how to carry out the technological procedure you need. But you must know that there are several versions of the popular saga of Grand Theft Auto; in fact, several chapters are available for purchase on PC, from the moment in which it is a successful series of video games. In any case you don’t have to worry, if you therefore need a hand to install one of the titles of the saga, you will find in this tutorial a valuable help.

Are you ready to start? All you need is some free time; I suggest you carefully read the steps contained in this guide of mine. You will see that with a little patience you will be able to understand how to install GTA on your PC. Without these premises, I would say that we can start to get to the heart of this tutorial; I wish you a good read and a lot of fun.

The chapters of the GTA saga

When we talk about GTA (Grand Theft Auto), we are referring to a saga consisting of many chapters, expansions and spin-offs that accompany the gamer from 1997 to today. If you don’t know which chapter of GTA you are looking for, I can list the ones that have been published so far:

  • GTA 5 (or GTA V) is the most recent chapter in the saga, which offers remarkable longevity and a huge amount of playable content. It was first released in 2013 on Playstation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Later it was also published on PC. The peculiarity of this title for which it has been highly appreciated, in addition to the engaging storyline, is its online multiplayer mode which represents, in all respects, a game in its own right. Through the menu panel it will be possible to exit GTA 5 to access GTA Online and interact with other players, thanks to the many contents that are continuously introduced.
  • GTA 4 (or GTA IV ) was released in 2008 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. It also received a review to be played on Xbox One as well. It is the first game in the series to feature an official multiplayer mode. The game has received two expansions: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay. These expansions can be purchased separately or you can receive them all with the purchase of the Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition package.
  • GTA: San Andreas is the fifth chapter set in the state of San Andreas, which has aroused a truly positive reception of the public for the originality of the elements introduced and for its original plot. It was released in 2004 on PlayStation 2 and then later on Xbox, PC, Mac, Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8.
  • GTA: Vice City is the fourth chapter of the saga which, unlike the other chapters that had a modern setting, has a plot located in the city of Vice City of the 80s. Furthermore this chapter offers, compared to the previous ones, more game modes enriched, with the possibility of driving two-wheeled vehicles and piloting aircraft. It has been made available since 2002 on PlayStation 2, to then be released compatible versions for Xbox, PC, macOS, Android and iOS.
  • GTA 3 (or GTA III ) is the third chapter of the saga which, unlike the previous chapters, was designed with three-dimensional graphics. It was released in 2001 and distributed on PlayStation 2. Subsequently, versions compatible with Xbox, PC, macOS, Android and iOS were released.
  • GTA 2 is the second installment in the saga that came out in 1999 on PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, PC and Game Boy Color. It is set in a fictitious American city called Anywhere City. Also this chapter has a 2D view from above.
  • GTA is the first chapter that debuted on PlayStation, PC and GameBoy in 1997. It is set in the fictitious cities of Liberty City, Vice City and San Fierro. It has a 2D top view. This first chapter has received two expansions: Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 and Grand Theft Auto: London 1961.

However, the GTA saga does not end here. Other content that can be called spin-offs has also been published. Below I list the spin-offs published to date:

  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a chapter released in 2009 on portable and mobile devices, set in the city of Liberty City. The game has graphics inspired by the first two chapters of the saga, but much more modern and adapted to the devices on which it is distributed. It has been published on PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Android and iOS.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is a spin-off of GTA Vice City released in 2006 exclusively on PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is a spin-off of GTA 3 released in 2005 on PlayStation Portable. It was later also distributed on PlayStation 2, Android and iOS.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Advance is a GTA spin-off developed exclusively for the Game Boy Advance platform. Just like the first two chapters of the saga, it also has 2D graphics with a top view.

How to install GTA on computer

You can download GTA from several stores. In this tutorial I will focus on Steam , but it is possible to find it, for example, also on Epic Games Store , which by the way has granted the free download of GTA 5 as a promotion in May 2020 (always keep an eye on these offers!) . Here, then, how to proceed.

Preliminary phase: Steam installation

It is possible to download the chapters of the saga (but not all) through the Steam platform. This is a service made available by the Valve company to be able to purchase many video games on Windows, macOS and Linux. Steam allows you to purchase digital copies of your video game that you can always download at any time, through your library of purchased games.

You could also purchase and install your GTA chapters through the Rockstar Games website , which has the latest Social Club titles for download or the disused Games for Windows client, but I do not recommend following this procedure. Instead, I recommend Steam because it offers you a much more advantageous service, also thanks to the discounts that you can often take advantage of to buy your games. In fact, for every occasion, for example the Christmas sales, the summer ones, the Black Friday, Halloween and many recurring sales during the year, you can buy the GTA chapters at really discounted prices, with reductions of even 70%.

In order to download Steam, you will need to reach the official website and download the software that will manage the purchases, downloads and installation of GTA chapters. You will find the button used for downloading Steam in the upper right corner, in green color that says Install Steam . After clicking on the button, you will be taken to a new page, where you will need to click on the Install Steam button now to start downloading Steam. You can also download the version for macOS and Linux on this same page.

Once the installation file has been downloaded, double-click the SteamSetup.exe file and click the Yes button in the Windows User Account Control window. The installation procedure will open, on which you must first click Next and then put the check mark on the box to accept the license agreement. Then click Next and then Next again and then the Install button . Once the installation procedure is complete, click on the Finish button .

Wait a moment now, for Steam to initiate its start, downloading the necessary files from the internet and, in the login screen, click the Create a new account button , to create a new Steam account. If you already have one, click Sign in to an existing account .

After completing the registration procedure (which requires validation of the email address, by clicking on the link that was sent to you by Steam in your email box) and logged in, you can finally access the shop and buy, download and install the chapters of GTA you prefer.

How to buy GTA on Steam

To search for a chapter of the GTA saga within Steam, you can use the search engine within the software. Click on the item Store , located in the horizontal bar at the top left and click on Highlights . On the right you will see a search bar indicating Search in the shop . Click inside it and type the title of the chapter you want to buy, entering the word GTA or, even better, Grand Theft Auto , followed by the Enter key on the keyboard.

If you want to quickly search the chapters of the GTA saga I mentioned before, you can click on one of the links below. You will be directed to the website of the Steam store, where, after logging in, you can make the purchase. The latter will then be automatically available in the Steam software, ready for automatic download and installation.

GTA 1 and GTA 2 , although available on Steam, are no longer available for purchase. However, you can download a demo of GTA 1 at this official link or a demo of GTA 2 from this other link .

By accessing the links of the Steam store, you will probably be asked to enter your date of birth to verify that you are of age. Then enter the day, month and year and click the Enter button .

Before buying any game on Steam, I recommend that you always check these two parameters: language and system requirements. In the product sheet, the languages ​​supported are always indicated and which elements of the game they refer to. In fact, you will find a check mark on any translated elements, such as the interface, the audio and the subtitles. In addition, scrolling through the product sheet you will see the minimum and recommended requirements. If you don’t meet them, you will probably have difficulty running GTA on your computer. It is important to also check the supported platform. Computers with macOS may not be supported by all GTA chapters.

If you are sure of your purchase, click on the green Add to cart button to be taken to the shopping page. Click the Purchase for me button and select the payment method among those indicated in the drop-down menu.

After selecting the payment method and entering the relevant information, complete the purchase by clicking on the Continue button . Your game will then be available in the Steam Library .

How to install GTA via Steam

Now that you have successfully completed your purchase on Steam, click on the item Library , located in the horizontal bar at the top, and click on Games . From the list on the left you will see all the games you have purchased or purchased through Steam. Then select the chapter of GTA and click the Install button , which will appear in the right tab.

An automatic game installation window will then appear. You will simply have to confirm the data that will appear on the screen by clicking on the Next button . If you don’t want to create a shortcut on the desktop or in the Start menu, you can disable the corresponding boxes. If you want to change the installation path, click on the drop-down menu of the suggested path and select the item Create a new Steam library on the disk .

When Steam has downloaded and installed the game, you can start it through the link that Steam will have created on your desktop and in the Start menu (if you have not disabled the boxes) or you can reach the Steam Library again by selecting the chapter of GTA and clicking on the Play button which will appear in the right tab. Good fun!