GTA 5 isn’t next-gen as ‘now is the best timing of all’, says Houser

Wednesday, 14th November 2012 11:43 GMT By Dave Cook

Grand Theft Auto 5 is launching Spring 2013, and that’s awfully late in the current console life cycle, but Rockstar’s Dan Houser has argued in the pages of Famitsu that all of the best games come out at the end of each generation, stating that the time has been spent getting the most out of current tech.

Polygon reports on Famitsu’s interview with Houser, in which he responded to the interviewer’s surprise that GTA 5 isn’t a next-gen release.

“Rockstar is a content company, not a hardware company. 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.

“GTA 4 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.

“GTA: 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 lifecycle, right? So now’s the best timing of all.”


What do you think? Do the current GTA 5 screens suggest that current tech is being pushed to the limit? Let us know below, and check back at 4pm GMT today for the second GTA 5 trailer:



  1. SameeR_Fisher

    Yes, he speaks the truth, remember God of War one of the best PS2 games, same with Resident Evil 4 it was a great PS2 looking game, the last years are the best IMO.

    Also check how Halo 4 or The Last of Us look, just gorgeous.

    Granted that there are games that manage to impress regardless like God of War 3, Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, ………….etc

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Razor

    He speaks the truth for sure, but it probably means we’ll have to wait until pretty deep next gen to get GTA6.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. AmiralPatate

    Maybe they just didn’t want to wait forever for Microsoft and Sony to launch their next-gen.
    Also, there’s no next-gen on PC, so, you know, I don’t really care that much.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. MadFingerz

    “Do the current GTA 5 screens suggest that current tech is being pushed to the limit?”

    Screenshots alone won’t tell you that, it’s not just graphics that push a system to the limit, especially in a game like GTA. I can’t wait to explore every little detail they’ve put into the game. Yes, we all want a good looking GTA, but it’s the amazing little details that will make it memorable.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @1 & 2 yeah agreed. That’s why I’m all for giving platform holders the benefit of the doubt until devs have had a really good crack at squeezing out a console’s potential. Next year could be exciting for tech.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Fin

    Never trust interviews translated from another language, especially one that was presumably conducted in English, translated to Japanese, then translated back to English.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. twisted89

    ‘Now we know what the hardware’s capable of’
    Yeah, 720p max… great. announce the PC version already so I can play at a proper resolution along with some decent AA.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. KAP


    I agree with you all God Of War 2, Okami, Shadow of the collosus were all was insanely advanced campared to what the console was typically used to in visuals.

    With that said though, its clearly an “install base” answer too right, you wont get anymore people out there with the most conoles purchased now. Its common sense to release this now. Good on you Rockstar, play the market the way its meant to be played. Smartly.

    Because come june (E3) sales for this gen will plummet, and for good reason if the megaton news is obviously dropped at the show.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. CPC_RedDawn

    Really??? In past generations this statement is 100% true. But this time I don’t think so. Look at last years line up, the last quarter of 2011 was probably one of the best times to be a gamer in a long time. With top notch game after game after game coming out.

    This year, all we have had is ACIII (sorry not my cup of tea), Dishonored (really wanted it to be good, but its very average), COD7 (another dull shooter), MOH Warfighter (one of the worst shooters in history!

    I would of prefered GTA5 to have been launch THIS year, and I would of LOVED it to have been launched on the SAME DAY AS COD! Just for a laugh as we would watch both games fight it out, and I bet you my left nut that GTA5 would of destroyed COD and dethroned it!

    They would just rather release GTA5 at the end of financial year, to appease not the fans, but their sharholders. Its a money deal, nothing more.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SameeR_Fisher

    yup Dave, I was surprised how everyone wanted new consoles revealed in E3-2012, when we got tops notch games in 2011 like Uncharted 3, Batman Arkham City, Skyriem, Gears of War 3, these games showed that the consoles still got something to offer

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Gheritt White

    Um… this statement WOULD have been true if GTA V hadn’t slipped and made its original pre-Xmas 2012 release date. I’m sure it’ll still sell very well indeed, but they probably missed out on a few week one sales because of the delay.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. deathm00n

    @11 What delay? They never said the release date

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    @11 There was never a date so I don’t know where this “delay” comes from. We still don’t have one now other than in the spring.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. no_end

    Houser is right, but I’m buying it on PC.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Cobra951

    “Rockstar is a content company, not a hardware company. 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.”

    That deserves to be framed somewhere. It’s too long for a sig.

    The current consoles have lasted so long because they have largely solved the technological hurdles. Sure, you can add more memory, and up the speeds some more, but the results won’t be dramatically better. Going from 8 bits to 16, and then to 32 yielded fundamental changes in what could be seen and done. But at this point, advancements will be incremental rather than revolutionary. Diminishing returns come to mind.

    Let me put it this way. No one will feel obsolete playing GTA 5 on a current console even after getting into whatever follows it.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    That’s totally not what he’s saying though. He’s saying that the console generation is well established, the tech is well known and therefore they can get the most out of it. He’s not making a point about this generation in particular, he’s making a point about where we are in this generation.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Cobra951

    I understood that. I didn’t mean to confuse maturity in the current gen with the overall maturity of rendering hardware. What I said about diminishing returns is *my* point. Why hold off creating the game until the next gen hits, with all the growing pains that would take, when the current gen is more than acceptable even in light of its successor? Now is the best time to put everything they’ve learned and accomplished into one final big, beautiful game for this round of consoles. No need to fear that the next will quickly obsolete it. That will not happen.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    Don’t be shocked if alot of pubs put their new games on current gen system, even after next gen systems comes out. Adapton rates of next gen consoles could be slow if the prices are too high. Plus look at the sheer user instaled base for current gen hardware, why make a game for a new system that will cost more to make and has a fraction of the users?

    And Cobra +1

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DrDamn

    Ok no problem. I don’t completely agree. Visually there are diminishing returns. However there are a couple of things which will make a visual impact next gen. Proper support for 1080p, much better image quality for a start.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. TheOutcastWolf

    Kay they pushing the consoles to their edges BUUUUUUUT I wouldn’t say this is the end of the current gen, the softwares can be updated via online, the hardware seems preety solid on all parties, developers can adapt gaming to it’s maximum… and they can extend it…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. alinos


    The issue is less of the next console obsoleting it. And more the uncertaintly of whether the next gen will be backwards compatible. Likely a bigger issue for the PS3 than the 360 no doubt. But even the 360′s Backwards compatability isn’t perfect.

    #21 2 years ago

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