It’s fair to say that GTA V looks like one of the most graphically superior titles ever seen on a console. When the world saw the very first screenshots for the game, many thought that GTA 5 could land on next-gen consoles such as the Sony PS4 or Xbox 720. We obviously know now that this won’t be the case with the game releasing next Spring. However, Rockstar has admitted in a recent interview that it was always their intention to make GTA V playable on current-gen consoles, with the team now more knowledge with the PS3 and Xbox 360 than ever before.
We have to say, there were times when we too pondered on the possibility of Rockstar skipping current-gen consoles, to bring out Grand Theft Auto 5 on next-gen consoles instead. The months went by with complete silence from the developer and we thought that Rockstar may have decided on making GTA 5 the ultimate launch title for next-gen consoles if they were announced next year.
In a revealing interview though, Rockstar’s Dan Houser has said that next-gen development wasn’t in their minds for GTA V, adding that now (Spring 2013) is the perfect time to release GTA V with the hardware now at a mature stage where ‘all the best games are releasing’. Houser stressed that development on GTA IV was difficult at times due to a learning curve with the Xbox 360 and PS3 hardware, but as a result they are now better equipped to deliver an enhanced game on the same hardware thanks to previous experience.
We wouldn’t have complained if GTA V did end up as a next-gen PS4 or Xbox 720 title, but Houser does make a valid point to say that all the best games are releasing at the end of the PS3 and Xbox 360 lifecycle. Halo 4 looks like the best Halo game in the series to date, The Last of Us is probably going to be the defining game for the PS3 before the PS4 and Ubisoft has saved their best Assassin’s Creed game till the very end with the graphically stunning multiplatform title in AC3.
Has Rockstar made the right decision in your opinion to make GTA 5 their last Grand Theft Auto game on current-gen consoles, or would you have actually preferred to see GTA 5 a next-gen title instead? It now means that if the Xbox 720 and PS4 arrive at the end of 2013, we could be waiting another 5 years until GTA 6 is ready for release – that is an awful long wait for the first Grand Theft Auto game on a next-gen console – think about that for a second.
If they chose to keep GTA 5 underwraps until next-gen, then we could have seen the game in 2014 instead, assuming that they would be working on the next-gen dev kits now as rumors suggest. We have waited a long time indeed for GTA V to land compared to GTA IV’s release in 2008. Are you prepared to wait another five years for GTA 6 on next-gen?
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