Next-gen GTA on PS4 and Xbox 720: Too realistic?

By Daniel Chubb - Jul 13, 2011

Putting aside the swearing in Grand Theft Auto and focusing more on the visual side of this controversial game, players know that GTA takes gaming to the extreme and is not shy to show us what life is really like. While most of us haven’t picked up a prostitute before, GTA will let the player explore that hidden desire if you so wish, and it’s pretty realistic to a certain degree on the PS3.

Then we’ve got the option of not following the rules, and instead choosing to become a rebel by finding guns, running over people, and doing everything that you shouldn’t, this is where the real fun can be had in GTA. While children should not play this game, we can almost certainly agree that there are some children that do play GTA, even with the realistic violence. If we forget the idea of children seeing this kind of violence and focus on those that are allowed, which are adults. How much is too much in terms of realism?

This question has been asked for many generations of game consoles, even back when graphics where more blocky. Today the Xbox 360 and PS3 can produce a game that is more realistic than ever before, which means the games are more lifelike. The photos you see on this page are taken from a video that showcases what could be possible on the next-gen games system, namely the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 (as it’s known). The graphics are amazing and the video, seen in this article, explains that the mod was real gameplay with extreme graphics in GTA, giving you an idea of what to expect on the next-gen console.

It’s very likely that the PS4 and Xbox 720 will produce graphics closer to reality than before, and with the PS3 still featuring many games with almost PS2 type graphics, the next systems will be miles ahead in terms of realism. What does this mean for the GTA franchise? Can you imagine playing a game with these type of graphics, picking up a bat and hitting someone in the head 10 times, how real will it be? The blood and damage to a person in GTA on a PS4 or Xbox 720 will be more lifelike, but what should be seen as acceptable with the leap in graphic realism? The current GTA lets you use cheats to get the women to take clothes off in strip clubs, how would this look in the next-gen GTA? If the game is rated 18+ should it always be ok, no matter how real?

Share your thoughts on the level of realism you’ll be happy with on the next-gen systems, and if the age rating is there should it be unlimited to show what real life is really like?

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  • errrr….the guy hitting the other guy photo is from the Unreal 3.9 demo. It was run on a PC with a triple SLI GTX580 cards. And yeah, the city photo is from THAT GTA 4 mod. So it’s possible on the future consoles but already available on the PC. If you need an uber PC to play that mod then why haven’t seen such a thing on console GTA  (should be easy since a lot of the people said their consoles are still more powerful than a PC). A DLC or a  patch from Rockstar should do the trick.

    Which why I  assume that console gamers are DELIBERATELY ignorant. Ignorance is bliss, so the saying says.

    Those beautiful consoles games that aren’t on the PC are EXCLUSIVES. Designed from day 1 or mid development not to be released on the PC in fear of low profit and that a better looking PC version might disturb the console sales. Early in the life of current gen consoles, some developers actually admitted releasing the PC versions several months later than the console version. Now, such practice would cast a bad light on the developers so they decided to make the PC version not to exceed the console version’s quality. Skyrim is 2011’s prime example.

    Look at Red Dead Redemption. It looks great but doesn’t mean the PC can’t play it. Even the developer admitted that it wasn’t their decision not to make a PC version, it was the publisher’s. Alan Wake and Heavy Rain were developed with a PC version but cancelled at the last minute, Sony and Microsoft needed some horror survival exclusive to throw at each other. The unfinished PC version for both games are still lying there on the developers’ PCs somewhere..

    They said Star Wars The Force Unleashed was too powerful for any PC but a year later a PC version was silently released. They also said that Battlefield Bad Company was also too powerful for the PC.
    Then we suddenly we have Bad Company 2 for the PC.
    So, if you say that there are excellent looking games on the consoles that the PC can’t play. Stop it. The PC can’t play them because the publishers won’t let them to be made for the PC. Console gamers are actually hiding behind exclusivity, not the sheer power of their platform.

    You know it’s true.

  • those screenshots r from GTA on the PC from a mod, so if you can have those kind of graphics now, then why not go and buy a PC now lol does not make sense to wait another few years for a console to produce those kind of graphics when they r already available, and anyhow when these next gen consoles come out the PC is going to be even further ahead lol

    for graphics buy a PC or use Onlive

    • Perhaps it’s because most people don’t regard graphics to be the most important aspect of a game unlike childish pc fanboys like yourself. I’d rather save £2000 and wait a couple years and get the next gen console for a fraction of the price of a high power pc. The longer the consoles wait, the better and more superior they will be. Everyone knows consoles are more powerfull than pc’s when they release, as they are designed to run games. Pcs have cpu/ram intensive programs running on them (windows etc).

      Either way most people are happy with current consoles, are their are some quality games out for them that aren’t avaliable on the pc. Gameplay over graphics any day

      • Actually, every console to date is equal to current market PCs if not inferior. Better, graphics, gameplay, mods and service on the PC.

        • Lucas Burk

          it wasnt like that when they released. it took pc’s a couple years to catch up to ps3 and xbox

        • The 360 was dated upon release and the PS3 was equaled and beaten within a year. 

        • 1080p/60fps or bust

          x1900 and 7800 GTX (give or take)…end of story. 🙂