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Screenshot Comparison: GTA V on PS3 versus PS4


Want to know just how the recently confirmed Playstation 4 version of Grand Theft Auto V will compare to the currently available Playstation 3 version? Just check out these animated GIFs made up by some helpful people over at the GTAForums…

Simply click each image in order to open up the animated GIF version and see exactly the sorts of enhancements that the next-generation PS4 version of GTA 5 will bring us.

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The Evolution of GTA Set to Continue


Graphics and realism have come a long way since the early days of video games and the Grand Theft Auto series is a great example of that. Each of the individual GTA games themselves are actually split into categories (2D, 3D, and HD) that reference changes in the series style and appearance. These changes also reflect the overall progression and advancements made in the world of video games over the past decade or so.

When images from Grand Theft Auto V were first released, fans were stunned by how much better the game looked than previous tiles – particularly Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto 4. Some fans even re-created scenes from the GTA V images with the older games, to better illustrate the differences (as can be seen at the bottom of this article).

With technological advances and more powerful consoles, the developers were capable of things far beyond what the previous entries in the series could handle. Grand Theft Auto fans were stunned by how vivid, detailed, and realistic the characters and environments were.

Now, roughly one year after GTA V launched for the Xbox 360 and PS3, fans can look ahead to the upcoming remastered versions of the game and say the same things. As amazing as GTA V looked, it looks even better on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. All three of those systems are much more powerful than the Xbox 360 and the PS3, so improvements were expected, but the new trailer and screenshots still blew fans away. Comparison shots show the increased detail, and the effect is unbelievable. It makes the original version of GTA V look as outdated as GTA V’s predecessors did a year ago!

There’s no denying that video game graphics have progressed even further with the advent of the new generation of consoles, which makes the remastered GTA V look more realistic than ever before. We can only imagine what GTA VI will look like!

How excited are you by the prospect of improved visuals (amongst other things) in the remastered versions of GTA 5 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One?

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One GTA V Version to Rule Them All?


Whenever there’s a major multi-platform release, tongues inevitably waggle as to which platform version will be the best one to get. And when tongues waggle about consoles and their capabilities, fanboy flame wars usually follow, accompanied by all the destructive insult-hurling you can shake two consoles at.

With the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 having been locked in mortal kombat for some years, they’ve had quite a few head-to-head battles, with each side coming out victorious in some cases, and humbled in others. One of those great and mythic battles was courtesy of Grand Theft Auto V’s predecessor itself, GTA IV. As one of the most hyped (and ultimately best-selling) games of all-time, there was fierce debate over which console version was better. In the end, while both versions did a superb job of running the game and were very close technically, most tech and gaming experts gave the edge to the Xbox 360 version (fanboys – you may commence battle in the comment section below).

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At the time however, the PS3 was still in its relative infancy, the game was developed and optimized for the 360, and given that the PS3 was a particularly challenging system to learn on top of that and was no simple task to port a 360-based game to, the results did have to be accompanied with a proverbial pinch of salt. Now years later, as each console nears the end of its glorious gaming lifespan, the battle appears much more even.

Rockstar will definitely be making a more concerted effort to develop the game for both platforms, in such a manner that they may end up being virtually indistinguishable from each other. In fact the early screens and gameplay footage were courtesy of the PS3 version of the game, which tells a good deal about the differences between this new GTA version and the past one.

In the end, the PS3 vs. Xbox 360 battle may be a moot point, as the rumored PC version would have the potential to trump both of them. GTA IV’s PC version was able to deliver vastly superior graphics, sharper textures, render more objects on screen at once, and provide a much greater viewing distance. Of course unlocking that full graphical prowess required a sizable amount of computer horsepower (at least for the time) that not every gamer was able to tap into.

The PC port of GTA IV also came loaded for battle with additional features courtesy of its later release date; an occurrence that will likely repeat itself yet again if (or more likely when) the PC release rumors are proven true. Such features included a replay editor and traffic density control.

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The wildcard is the possible Wii U port. While a Wii U version is unlikely to exceed the PS3/360 versions by much (if anything) graphically, the game could take advantage of the Wii U’s unique hardware to produce additional and creative ways to explore and battle through Los Santos. Grand Theft Auto has not made an appearance on a Nintendo home console to date (however, there have been versions made for the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS).

It’s safe to say that no matter which version of GTA V you snag, it’s going to be an amazing, good looking time. As to which version may technically be the best however, that we’ll have to wait (grrrrr!!) and see.

Second GTA 5 Trailer All Game Footage


If you thought the most recent GTA 5 trailer looked too good to me true, you are not alone. The detail, draw distances and sheer scale of the entire GTA 5 world seems next-generation, and not something that could be achieved on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3.

So, were some parts of the trailer pre-rendered then? Absolutely not according to Rockstar, who posted the following on the official Playstation blog in response to a reader question on this exact topic:

As with all our games’ trailers, it was made entirely from in-game footage and nothing was pre-rendered.

I guess Grand Theft Auto V is what you get from releasing a game that has been so long in development at the very end of a generation of console’s lifetimes. Rockstar look like they will be getting every last drop of performance out of the Xbox 360 and PS3, right down to the last pixel.

We can’t wait to get our hands on the game!