Last week, GTA V was officially announced for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. We got to see a trailer and some comparison screenshots, but thanks to DigitalFoundry, we can get an even better look at the extent of the visual changes.
This video re-creates the announcement trailer with footage from the PS3 version of the game, and places it beside the PS4 trailer for a comparison. Check it out.
As you can see, the changes go beyond mere polish. The wildlife and more dynamic environments are two aspects that really stand out. What do you think?
We know GTA V will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime this fall, but no official release date was given with the announcement. However, some users caught a glimpse of a potential release date on Amazon.
Yesterday, Amazon listed the games with a release date of October 28, 2014, although the date has since been replaced with the generic placeholder date of December 31. October 28 would make a lot of sense, as it’s in the fall and on a Tuesday. Still, consider this a rumor until the date is made official.
The retailer listings also let us know that the game will cost $59.99. Are you planning to get GTA V for the PS4/X1/PC?
By now you’ve probably heard that GTA V is coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. So far, we haven’t heard about any version-exclusive bonuses… but apparently there is at least one on the way.
In an interview with Kotaku, a PlayStation representative hinted that there might be more incentive to buy the game for the PS4 than for other consoles.
Kotaku: I there anything to that particular deal or that particular offering that will make it better-suited to play on PS4 instead on any other platforms?
Koller: I don’t think we announced anything publicly on that, but there will be.
That’s about as specific as it got. His next statement was even more vague, as when Kotaku attempted to clarify that there was an unannounced PS4 bonus for GTA V, he just said GTA V “will be something very special on PlayStation.”
This could mean just about anything. An item, DLC, a special bundle, a PS+ trial… the possibilities are wide open. What do you think it is?
It’s taken a long time and a lot of rumors to reach this point, but at last we can discuss the official release of GTA V on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. At Sony’s E3 press conference last night, it was finally announced. Check out the trailer to see what it will look like on a more powerful set of systems.
As you can see, there is more to the visual appeal of this new version than just shinier graphics. More details and depth allow for more vivid and realistic environments, and there will be new animals (so far fans have discovered cats, pugs, and hammerhead sharks), weather effects, and more. The PC version of GTA V will include a video editor.
GTA Online is also a part of this enhanced experience, and will have new weapons, properties, vehicles, jobs, and customizations. Best of all, if you’ve already played GTA Online on the PS3 or Xbox 360, you can transfer your data to one of the new versions.
We’ve spent a long time waiting for the announcement that GTA V will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and/or PC. There have been plenty of rumors and random retail listings, but nothing concrete. Well, if Rockstar is going to announce it, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll be at E3.
Rockstar doesn’t usually go to E3, but as pointed out by gaming site Rockstarturk, Take-Two Interactive is going to be there. Now, Take-Two is responsible for many more series besides Grand Theft Auto, but don’t forget all the rumors that place a PS4/X1/PC release in the middle of June. Some even marked out June 13 as the release date, and what would be more dramatic than for Take-Two to announce that the game is not only on its way, but will be available immediately after E3?
Then there’s the mysterious game Rockstar will release for the PS4 and Xbox One before March 2015.
We have just over two weeks to wait until E3. If GTA V isn’t announced for more systems then, we’ll be back to the waiting game.
Yes, we have yet another retailer listing the unannounced PS4 and Xbox One versions of GTA V. This time, it’s Altex, a large Romanian retailer. Both the PS4 version and the Xbox One version can be found on the website with an estimated release date of June 15…2015.
If this is accurate, GTA V won’t hit the next-gen consoles for over a year. Still, that’s sooner than the current official word, since Rockstar has yet to say anything. This wouldn’t be the first time Altex listed an unannounced game that was later announced, but we’ve seen this rumor so many times now, we have to be skeptical.
What do you think? Will GTA V ever come to the PS4 and Xbox One?
It’s another rumor from a retailer, but this one has more credibility than most, because it’s more than just a listing for GTA V on the PC, Xbox One, or PS4 found on a retailer’s website. The German retailer Saturn.de Tweeted:
We understand your skepticism at the title of this article, because rumors of Grand Theft Auto V coming to PC and next-gen consoles keep circulating without anything coming of them. This time, while we still don’t have official confirmation of anything, we’ve got a little more than a store listing the game for preorder.
It started that way—a Portuguese store called Worten listed GTA V for PS4 for sale. When questioned about it, the store’s representative said it isn’t a mistake. Customers can preorder a PS4 copy of GTA V from them, although there is no known release date. SuperGamer Czech, on the other hand, has GTA V preorders available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and believes they will release on June 13.
There really isn’t much we can say at this point. Worten certainly thinks the PS4 version of GTA V is a reality, but Rockstar has remained silent on the matter. You can add this to the collection of rumors and join us in waiting for an official announcement.
We’ve been getting a lot of non-answers and evasions from Take-Two and Rockstar on the topic of GTA V being ported to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two’s CEO, has at least given some insight on what will make up their minds.
According to Zelnick (who spoke to MCVUK), Take-Two will release their games on any system, as long as that system has players who want those games, saying “If that is where consumers are, absolutely [we will release our games on it]“. He also drew a distinction between releasing a game on a new system to “drive [the consumers] there” versus seeing that a system has consumers for the game and then releasing it.
With all the excitement and anticipation for a PC release of GTA V, we’re pretty sure the consumers are there, but have Take-Two and Rockstar realized this? What do you think?
A lot of players are anxiously waiting for Rockstar to announce the release of Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox One and PS4, but Wedbush’s analysis of Take-Two suggests a next-gen release would result in low earnings for the company.
Analyst Michael Pachter believes that most players who intend to buy GTA V have already done so, and that a Xbox One/PS4 version of the game would mainly appeal to a tiny percentage of players who both bought a next-gen console and did not already buy GTA V.
He also doesn’t believe GTA Online will result in high earnings, because it is only available to players who purchased GTA V. Of the $132.8 million Take-Two made in digital revenues this past quarter, Pachter estimates only $27 million came from GTA Online, and suggests the game would be more profitable if it were free.
We can’t deny that he has some valid points—for one thing, there is no question that there are more Xbox 360/PS3 players currently than Xbox One/PS4 players—but a lot of current GTA V players would probably buy a next-gen version anyway. The clamor for PC and next-gen ports certainly suggests there is still an eager market for GTA V.
We’ll just have to wait and see if this analysis has any impact on Rockstar’s decisions.