Just in case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the last couple of days and were unaware; Sony made kind of a big announcement on Wednesday. OK, they actually made a giant, earth-shattering, the-universe-may-never-be-the-same-again announcement. No exaggeration. Not even a little.
Yes, they unveiled the PlayStation 4 after months and months of speculation and after months and months of waiting (kind of like all the waiting we still have ahead of us for GTA V). And while it didn’t come as a giant surprise or anything, we all knew the PS4 was coming eventually.
That said, there’s nothing quite like hearing for the first time about the next box of gaming goodness that will take up residence in our homes, and play our favorite games (unless you’re an Xbox fan). And boy is it a thing of power (and possibly beauty – we haven’t seen the actually console yet!), one that would no doubt run Grand Theft Auto 5 quite well we must say (hint, hint).
Sony has taken a dramatic shift from the PS3’s CELL architecture, which everyone and their uncle who knows nothing about gaming admitted was a pain in the butt for developers and overly complex. In its place will be an x86 64-bit 8-core (or octuple core) CPU with unified CPU and GPU. This makes the PS4 not only a personal computer for all intents and purposes, but one that will be more adept at running games than most modern PC’s. While each new console generation has made some bold claims about its power in comparison to PC’s, this may be the first time they actually live up to those claims.
Now of course the question is, will the Playstation 4 run GTA 5 one day? That of course depends on Rockstar on the one hand. We have to think it’s more than likely, especially if there is indeed a PC version in the works, which would now appear to be the easier version to port to the PS4, as opposed to the PS3 version. While a PS4 version would be unlikely to have any major impact on overall sales of GTA V, we tend to think Rockstar would love to show off the best version of their game they are putting so much effort into. And that would undoubtedly be a PS4 version at this point (not to forget our Xbox readers – we all know Microsoft are yet to unveil their next gen console).
At the very least however, and despite the PS4’s substantially different architecture compared to the PS3’s, it will most certainly contain backwards compatibility – Sony detailed in their announcement cloud services which will be able to host (and more importantly, play) PS3 games.
One way or another, the PS4 announcement should be exciting news for all of us playing the waiting game in respect of GTA V. Share the news with your friends, just as you’ll one day be able to share your GTA V exploits directly from your PS4 controller. Oh, you didn’t know? You really should get out from under that rock now!