Rockstar Games Launcher: We install it on Windows so you don’t have to

Currently, the app includes zero exclusives or apparent discounts compared to other retailers, so why should gamers install it?

For now, there’s one carrot-dangle: a free copy of 2004’s (currently $14.99 on rival services like Steam). Rockstar did not confirm exactly how long this freebie offer will last. For now, once you install the launcher, it immediately advertises your ability to claim a free  license.

(This only works within the Rockstar launcher, as opposed to providing a code that can be loaded into another service.)

As far as a good reason for the launcher’s existence, I can’t help but read between the lines. Ever since the launch of on Xbox One and PS4 consoles last year, rumors and speculation have pointed to an impending PC version of the game. And like before it, includes a massive, microtransaction-fueled online mode. Rockstar may very well believe that a game as big as is convincing enough for fans to skip existing launchers and install yet another EXE on their Windows machines to play the company’s most recent open-world adventure.

The below gallery explores exactly how the launcher works as of today’s launch. In terms of native game launching, it includes positives like cloud save support and simple “move files to new directory” options (features that the Epic Games Store is still fumbling). But it has negatives, too, like a lack of an easily selectable “downloads” management tab. The launcher also includes a full-fledged store with a variety of global payment systems, but as of press time, it only offers Rockstar’s catalog of PC games—and it’s missing a significant number of Rockstar classics, including 1, 2, and 4,, and 1 & 2.

Rockstar Games did not immediately respond to our questions about whether to expect other developers’ games on the service or whether Rockstar will launch any games exclusively on RGL in the future.

Sam Machkovech Sam has written about the combined worlds of arts and tech since his first syndicated column launched in 1996. He can regularly be found losing quarters at Add-A-Ball in Seattle, WA.
Email[email protected]//Twitter@samred

You must login or create an account to comment.

Channel Ars Technica

Related Stories

Sponsored Stories

Powered by

Today on Ars

CNMN Collection
WIRED Media Group
© 2019 Condé Nast. All rights reserved. Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 5/25/18) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 5/25/18) and Ars Technica Addendum (effective 8/21/2018). Ars may earn compensation on sales from links on this site. Read our affiliate link policy.
Your California Privacy Rights
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast.
Ad Choices

Latest Articles

Related Articles