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Premium priced title now available for Apple devices, boosting its viability as a games platform

GTA hits iPhone

Rockstar Games has released the iPhone version of its Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars game.

It’s available today on the App Store for $9.99 (App Store link), with a price point of £5.99 for UK iPhone and iPod touch owners.

The price is significant: if any iPhone game had a shot at breaking the ten-dollar price ceiling for premium titles, it was GTA.

A version of Assassin’s Creed II appeared on the App Store earlier this month with an $11.99 price point, but turned out to be an early leak, with publisher Ubisoft saying that pricing wasn’t final.

Even so, the release of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will bolster Apple’s claims of providing true competition for Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP, since the game debuted on the former before being released for the latter.

It’s not Rockstar’s first iPhone app though. In December, the publisher ported its PSP music creation tool Beaterator to iPhone.

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