GTA V has always been praised to be one of the most graphically impressive games of its time. Even before the launch of the Xbox One and PS4, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game were lauded as the first “truly next-gen” game experiences in the industry.
The game got a visual boost with the next-gen enhanced editions and again with the PC version, which when maxed out still stands among the most visually impressive games on the market today. This comes at a cost though, as it also happens to be one of the most hardware intensive games too – the newest 1080 nVidia cards can’t run it on maximum settings at 4K with steady 60 FPS.
Using certain graphical mods, it is even possible to achieve near photo-realistic visuals. However, without mods, even at ultra, while GTA V is impressive, the differences between it and photos can be easily noticed.
Which makes it pretty embarrassing when a stock screenshot of Los Santos makes it up on a hotel’s website attempting to represent downtown Los Angeles. We get it, Los Santos is based on LA, but seriously, it isn’t a carbon copy and that image isn’t exactly easy to mistake for a photo.
However, things become more clear when it is noted that the hotel in question is the Hotel Figueroa, which advertised the game with massive billboards on its sides back before GTA V was initially launched.
This is probably just a little prank or joke that the site admin pulled for fun. If anything, it might be a publicity stunt, in which case it’s working. Several GTA V related online communities have shared this finding, probably causing a spike in the traffic of that website.
Props for inventive marketing. Do you ever plan to stay at the Figueroa, if only because you’re a GTA fan?