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GTA 5 ‘feels next-gen’ despite continued Xbox One and PS4 omission says Rockstar

Luke Johnson



Ahead of the imminent GTA 5 release date, publisher Rockstar has claimed that the game ‘feels next-gen’ despite no GTA 5 Xbox One or PS4 plans being confirmed.

Set to go on sale on September 17, now just a little over a week away, GTA 5 will be made available for Xbox 360 and PS3 at launch, with Rockstar even failing to bring the high profile title to PC users, much to the dismay of many avid gamers.

Compared to GTA 4 this [GTA 5] definitely feels 'next generation' to us,” Phil Hooker, Associate Technical Director of Rockstar North said in a recent interview.

"When we started we knew the scope of GTA 5 was huge and incredibly ambitious," Hooker said speaking with IGN. "Fortunately from completing GTA 4 we had a team that was already very familiar with the hardware.

He added: "Every aspect of the game had to be better, richer in gameplay and more fluid and knowing we were launching on the same platforms meant we could focus on extracting the most out of those consoles and making the game as fantastic as possible.

"In the end we surpassed our own expectations and during development I think everyone working on the game has been astounded by improvements to the graphics, or new mechanics, or AI, or mission scope along the way. Hopefully the gamers will see all of these improvements at once in one go.”

Earlier this week it emerged that GTA 5 pre-orders could miss release date arrival as Rockstar imposes new shipping restrictions. In a bid to stop gamers getting their hands on the game early, Rockstar has requested retailer do not ship GTA 5 pre-orders until September 16, the day before the game is available in shops. This last minute shipping has caused concerns that some might not arrive in time for release day.

Although claiming that the game ‘feels next-gen’ on current consoles, Rockstar continues to remain cautious on it intentions to bring GTA 5 to Xbox One and PS4.

Series producer Leslie Benzies recently stated that the company will see “what happens in the future” but at the moment it is focused on getting “the current gen version out first.”

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September 7, 2013, 7:03 pm

It's just marketing. Of course gtav will be on next gen, if it was common knowledge that its on next gen a lot of the people who want to hug it will wait. The majority will buy it on both, I know I will!! But there's no point announcing it until everyone has bought the game at least once.


September 7, 2013, 11:39 pm

Rockstar won't announce a next gen version until next year probably. They wouldn't want to lose current gen sales for people waiting until Nov. They've said they want Sept 17th to be the biggest game launch in history.

Sean Boehm

September 8, 2013, 7:59 am

Go with the PS4 you can't go wrong.


September 8, 2013, 1:58 pm

except you won't get titanfall


September 8, 2013, 3:23 pm

Wow, yet another GTA game. GTA IV was a snoozefest. I imagine this one will be more of the same.

Derrick Ford

September 8, 2013, 3:36 pm

For those who understand "New Money vs Old Money" economics. It would be smart for Rockstar to not disclose their plans on GTA 5 for the new consoles.

I am sure some of you have heard that some vendors like Game Stop are betting on the "double dip" and encouraging it by offering a "trade up" option. This option is to buy the current gen version now then trade up to next gen version for $10 more.

So, we will see!!! Perhaps Rockstar is banking on the full price being spent twice and curtail not making money on Game Stops resell of the current gen trade ins?

David Brymer

September 8, 2013, 3:55 pm

Why thank you...oh wait, you werent talking to me? LOLOLOL

Joe Gil

September 8, 2013, 5:18 pm



September 8, 2013, 6:47 pm

Joke's on them. PC users can get an Xbox 360 or PS3 emulator and... poof, no money for Rockstar. I'd say they made a huge mistake by keeping it away from the next gen, because I'm selling my Xbox 360 to put money toward a PS4, like many others. Despite how great of a game it looks, I don't think it'll be worth it to buy it for a console just so I can play for 3 months until I get my PS4.


September 8, 2013, 7:12 pm

It doesn't matter what it "feels" like. I don't wanna buy a $400 dollar PS4 and have go back to PS3 to play GTA.

titanfall dev

September 8, 2013, 7:16 pm

yes he will.

Walter White

September 8, 2013, 10:01 pm

I would wait for a new gta on the next consoles, I still play san andreas sometimes and they didn't upscale it...Which would have been easier than it is now; given the difficulty that lies in running it on completely different architecture

Tony Montana

September 9, 2013, 12:51 am

That's the thing, no one said you had to buy a Ps4...personally Im gonna wait it out until I see if It's actually WORTH buying..meantime, Hello San Andreas :)

Tony Montana

September 9, 2013, 12:54 am

Boo hoo . They will make up for it in PS4 GTA5 console specials..and plus, with High performance PC'S being so damn costly, I don't think they deserve great games

Tony Montana

September 9, 2013, 12:55 am

Sadly you're the minority


September 9, 2013, 3:40 pm

You don't need a "high performance PC" to run new games; if you spent $500 on a computer 2-3 years ago you'll run it on low-medium graphics perfectly.

I personally hate consoles because I find the controllers disgusting, I see no logic on not bringing the newest GTA to PC.

James Russel

September 9, 2013, 6:09 pm

potato/10 Would read again.

Simon Kristall

September 10, 2013, 5:01 pm

Gta 5 will more than liley hit next gen. But given the fact that next gen does indeed run on a completly diffrent arctutecture, it would take at least 18 months to develop a workable port.


September 12, 2013, 7:05 am

It will but with changes and they'll call it GTA VI ;)


September 12, 2013, 4:38 pm

I love that we can take out so much inner anger in such a wonderful game! Cheers to you Fred!

shane the Shan shan

September 12, 2013, 9:38 pm

You are very evil


September 13, 2013, 2:34 pm

Fred looks like a douche

Lars Anderson

September 13, 2013, 6:26 pm

Compared to GTA4, Pacman feels next gen.


September 13, 2013, 11:34 pm

They aren't confirming it because they want to sell you 2 copies of the game. One for your XBOX/PS3 now and one for your XBOX1/PS4 in time for Christmas. It's the same story with COD and Battlefield, but at least they are being honest about it. The games won't even play any differently, with the exception of slightly better graphics. I'll be waiting for the PC release.


September 13, 2013, 11:37 pm

I'll bet you a copy of GTA V that it will be available for the next gen consoles at their release.

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