'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' System Requirements

What You Need to Run 'GTA: San Andreas' on a PC

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas screenshot
Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games has provided a set of minimum and recommended PC system requirements that are needed in order to play "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." The information detailed includes operating system requirements, CPU, memory, graphics, and more.

In order to get the most out of your gaming experience and PC, review these requirements prior to purchasing and installing the game. The website Can You Run It also provides a plugin that will check your current system against the published system requirements.

'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' Minimum PC System Requirements

Spec Requirement
Operating System Windows XP
CPU 1GHz Pentium or AMD Athlon
Memory 256MB RAM
Hard Drive 4.7GB of free hard disk space
GPU DirectX 9 compatible with 64MB of Video RAM
Sound Card DirectX 9 compatible sound card
Peripherals Keyboard, mouse

 

'Grand Theft Auto San Andreas' Recommended PC System Requirements

Spec Requirement
Operating System Windows XP or newer
CPU Intel Pentium 4 or AMD XP Processor (or better)
Memory 384MB of RAM or more
Hard Drive 4.7GB of free hard disk space
GPU DirectX 9 compatible with 128MB of Video RAM
Sound Card DirectX 9 compatible sound card
Peripherals Keyboard, mouse

 

If you check the free hard drive space and find that you have very little remaining, use a disk space analyzer to see what's taking up all of the storage.

About 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'

Release Date: Oct. 26, 2004
Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Genre: Action/Adventure
Theme: Crime
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer

"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" is the seventh title in the "Grand Theft Auto" series of games and the third and final release in the GTA 3 era of games. These three games use the same underlying game engine and have a similar look and feel.

In "GTA: San Andreas," players take on the role of Carl "CJ" Johnson, who has recently returned home to Los Santos, the fictional city in the "Grand Theft Auto" universe that is based in Los Angeles.

The game takes place in the early 1990s and has Carl Johnson taking on odd jobs for a corrupt policeman in order to avoid being framed for a murder that he did not commit. Included in the "jobs" that CJ must complete are bank heists, drug deals, assault, and much more.

Similar to other games in the GTA series, "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" takes place in an open game world where players have the ability to complete the main story-based missions at their own pace while taking on side quests. Side quests are useful for Carl in order to increase his reputation and obtain new items and vehicles that can be used in all phases of gameplay.

At the time of its release in 2004 "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" featured the largest game world in the series. In addition to Los Santos, missions will have characters traveling to other cities, including San Fierro and Las Venturas, which are based on San Francisco and Las Vegas, respectively. The name San Andreas represents the fictional state that mirrors California.

"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," like many in the "GTA" series, was not without controversy. Shortly after the PC release, it was pulled from store shelves after a fan-created mod titled "Hot Coffee" was released. This mod, specifically for the PC version, unlocked previously hidden sexually explicit scenes. These scenes were soon found and unlocked in the Xbox and PlayStation versions of the game as well.

As a result, the game's rating was changed from M for Mature to Adult Only and forced out of stores. After some weeks in development, it was re-released without the sexually explicit content and its 'M for Mature' rating was restored.

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