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Why Isn't Grand Theft Auto V a PlayStation 4 Game?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Maturity

Rumours suggest that the PlayStation 4 is set to launch as soon as Christmas next year, but Rockstar Games isn’t holding Grand Theft Auto V back for the next batch of hardware. The open world crime drama is set to release in Spring 2013, making it very much a PS3 title for the time being. But why is that?

"Rockstar is a content company, not a hardware company," studio co-founder Dan Houser told Famitsu, via Polygon. "We use the technology we have to create content, and we try not to let ourselves get beholden to the hardware. The fact that hardware's so mature right now is exactly why we're able to go on to the next level. Grand Theft Auto IV was our first attempt at a new platform and HD visuals, so the first part of development was seriously difficult. Now we know what the hardware's capable of, so it's become a lot easier to move things along and a lot more fun, too."

Houser added: "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas came out at the peak of the PlayStation 2's cycle, and we put out a really good game thanks to that. All the best games for a console come out at the end of the life cycle, right? So, now's the best timing of all."

If you haven’t watched it yet, you really should check out Grand Theft Auto V’s groovy second trailer. It's guaranteed to improve your mood.

[via polygon.com]

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Paranoimia

#2

Paranoimia said:

"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas came out at the peak of the PlayStation 2's cycle, and we put out a really good game thanks to that."

I remember things a little differently. Technically, San Andreas was actually the worst GTA game on PS2. One of the main reasons I disliked that game (aside from a very irritating main character and the stupid need to keep eating) was that it was quite jittery when driving at high speed, and suffered from a pretty poor draw distance.

Savino

#3

Savino said:

Really?! Well, I played on my old pc and had no problem at all... Didnt know the ps2 version was that bad...

And yes, the nedd for eating all the time was a pain in the ass! (I forget to eat when I am playing and those guys wanted me to eat in-game?)

get2sammybAdmin

#4

get2sammyb said:

To be fair, I had issues with all of the GTA games on PS2. San Andreas certainly pushed the platform to its absolute limits, though.

Savino

#5

Savino said:

I wanna play this on my pc just for the sake pf the visual... And I heard that GTA4 wasnt the best example of using the ps3 hardware...

I really hope that rockstar's make a superb game for ps3! (and a GTAV Stories for vita wouldnt be that bad)

get2sammybAdmin

#6

get2sammyb said:

@Savino Yeah, GTA4 was pretty poor on the PS3. I've heard that Rockstar's demoing GTA5 on PS3 hardware though, so that bodes well.

Scrible

#7

Scrible said:

There is a larger fan base on the ps3, not everyone will buya ps4, when it first comes out, larger fan base means more money

odd69

#8

odd69 said:

I thought the ps3 version of 4 looked good, was the ps3 version really the shoddy one?
The timing couldnt be better, ill be looking forward to it.

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