Rockstar Games Launcher is a new Windows desktop application that allows you to quickly and easily access your PC game collection in a single place, across both digital and disc-based titles including ones purchased from various other digital stores. You can also use the Launcher to shop for new Rockstar Games PC titles to add to your collection.
Not one to be left behind in the launcher business, Rockstar has gone ahead and developed one of their own, predictably called Rockstar Games Launcher. Released in September 2019, it came along just before the Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement for PC, suggesting that the developer wanted to take advantage of this highly anticipated release to popularize its new launcher.
This idea is backed by the fact that only seven of Rockstar’s games are currently supported by the desktop app, RDR 2 included, and it’s also pretty light on features. Nevertheless, it works well enough, as much as we hate having to split our games between even more desktop clients.
While it isn’t too surprising that a developer as successful as Rockstar would want to have their own launcher, gamers aren’t going to be happy about adding another one of these clients to their ever-growing collection. Steam, Origin, Epic, Uplay, Battle.net, the list goes on.
Most of these launchers are at least used for a larger number of games, but Rockstar has a fairly limited selection on offer, and only seven of them are currently supported by the client. While Battle.net may not offer a lot more titles, it’s been around well before Steam or Origin were a thing, and it comes with quite a few more features.
Rockstar Games Launcher comes with a host of features including the addition of cloud save functionality to all supported titles, the ability to keep your Rockstar Games PC library updated automatically, and ways to follow all the latest Rockstar Games news from directly inside the Launcher.
You won’t be impressed by what it brings to the table. You can download and launch your games, buy new titles, manage cloud saves, and that’s about it. Social features are already managed by Rockstar Social Club, which is installed alongside the launcher.
The UI layout is oddly reminiscent of Battle.net’s, but the interface just looks empty. You have a collapsible games sidebar on the left, the launch button and game-specific news on the right, and a few buttons on the top-right for switching between the library, store, and the settings menu.
For a limited time, install the Rockstar Games Launcher and claim a free copy of the classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on PC within the Rockstar Games Launcher, to permanently add it to your Social Club account’s library.
System Requirements of Rockstar Games Launcher
|Operating System||Windows 7/8/10|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz|
|Memory||2 GB of RAM|
|Storage Space||1 GB Hard Disk Storage|
|Video Card||DirectX 11 Supported Card|
|Software Name||Rockstar Games Launcher Software For Windows V 126.96.36.1998|
|File Size||71.3 MB|
|Languages||English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese|
Rockstar’s new launcher works well enough, it is simply unnecessary. It offers nothing new, aside from requiring you to install yet another application just to launch games. It doesn’t even support many of the company’s own games at the moment, so you’ll probably end up installing it only to be able to run RDR 2 or GTA 5, even if you didn’t buy them from Rockstar’s store in the first place.
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