Grand Theft Auto 5 “feels next-gen” to Rockstar, says firm

Friday, 6th September 2013 17:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Grand Theft Auto 5 may not be releasing on next-gen consoles but the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions feel next-gen to Rockstar.

Speaking with IGN, Rockstar North associate technical director and combat designer Phil Hooker said part of the reason it feels next-gen to the developers is the team was familair with the hardware after developing GTA 4.

“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,” said Hooker.

“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, compared to GTA 4 this definitely feels ‘next generation’ to us.”

Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released on September 17.

Thanks, MCV.



  1. Lengendaryboss

    Are they, are they trying to tell us something with those words?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. fearmonkey

    @1 – probably

    I will say the videos and screens of GTA5 have been just beautiful. I want a PC version or PS4 version please.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Hcw87

    Completely agree. The amount of hype i have for this game is far greater than any next gen title atm.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. FeaturePreacher

    Can’t wait to see GTA 6 go to a realistic, much less flat shaded style on PS4. Really can’t wait to see what the strippers look like then.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. undermyrules

    feels next gen on the PC version of the game….console version feels current gen with low textures no AA nothing but still great nontheless.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Hcw87

    Except there are no PC version.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. undermyrules

    @6 Except there are no PC version annaunced* let me correct you dear sir….PC version is in dovelopment you like it or not…*mad reply incoming*

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Bomba Luigi

    Next Gen has nothing to do with the Quality of a Game. It just means it comes for the Next Generation of Consoles, so no Rockstar. No.

    And you know what? As soon as the Consoles are out, its all Current Gen. And GTAV is last Gen. Still Great and probably better then everything on PS4/Xbox One, but Last Gen.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Hcw87

    Just like Red Dead Redemption then.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Phoenixblight


    No not at all because Rockstar has said more than once RDR is not coming to PC where GTA has been on PC the entire time as have every Rockstar game after RDR. We will see a PC version just not for 6 months to a year.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. undermyrules

    @9 Red Dead Redemption doveloped by R* San Diego
    GTA V doveloped by R* North

    hmmm let me sseee….no

    #11 1 year ago
  12. kezwar

    @5 How do I put this…NO ONE CARES. God damn PC brigade.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. spoffle

    This misappropriation of the phrase “next-gen” and “generation” is really getting out of hand.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. JackTheFaux

    Stephany, I believe that last line is “…compared to GTA IV, this definitely feels ‘next-Gen’ to us”. Just thought I’d point that out.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. spoffle

    @12 If no one cared then the PC folk wouldn’t care, ergo people do care.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. kezwar

    @15 such a clever individual.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. silkvg247

    I tried GTAIV last night. It was awful.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. kezwar

    @17 How and why?

    #18 1 year ago
  19. spoffle

    @16 If you think that’s clever, I’d be surprised if your doctor didn’t advise you to wear a helmet on a daily basis.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Lengendaryboss

    Oh snap! LOL :P :D

    #20 1 year ago
  21. kezwar

    @19 Hilarious

    #21 1 year ago
  22. NocturnalB

    Good. Since they know how to handle the hardware better I fully expect the frame rate to be MUCH more stable. Sorry, I just can’t get past GTA 4′s frame rate on consoles. It was and still is atrocious. Sub 30 FPS is unacceptable, even for the 360 and PS3.

    Don’t get me wrong I’ve always loved the GTA series, and I love GTA 4, this is just a pinpoint complaint about the console version. The frame rate on that game when I attempt to play on consoles makes me want to throw it out the window.

    But this is good news. I’m excited.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. NeutralBlade

    I plan to wait the extra 6 months or so, and play it on PC with my X360 controller. Seeing as all the previous GTA games went to PC, I’d say there’s a 99% probably that GTA V will land on PC as well. During that time, there will be more content for the game available as well, and I prefer the mod capabilities and visual enhancements that will be granted to the PC version.

    There are plenty of other games for me to play in the mean time. For those who are getting the game soon, enjoy.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Keivz

    “Feels next gen” is code for “not coming to next gen consoles”. GTA IV was a 10/10 for me but I won’t get the console version of V unless I’m certain no PC version is going to be released.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. CaptPierce

    The only benefit I saw from GTA4 on PC was playing as cartoon character skins and a mod or two. I played for 6-7 months on high settings and literally saw no benefit or advantage whatsoever for the computer version. Maybe it’s just me.

    Either way. Still hype. And this game has me more excited than any game for the PS4/XB1 I’ve seen all year, and I don’t even know 20% of the game’s true content yet.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. silkvg247

    @18 Cars handle like a trolley full of cement, characters are dull and predictable, minigames to keep friends are the worse, most boring, repetitive time sink I’ve ever seen, Niko is the dullest character I’ve ever played, Niko himself handles like he’s always a few seconds behind my controls, graphics look dated even for a 5 year old game, firing a gun once in your own apartment gets cops on your ass, no freedom to drive like a maniac and have fun without getting police helicopters on you – which would be fine if it was fun to shake them but it isn’t; it happens so often that it becomes a fucking chore, no character progression or upgrades – just guns (which get boring fast), crap and uninspired side quests.

    On the plus side the TV in the apartment is entertaining.

    After Saints row went to cuckoo land, we have a gap in the market for a decent, not too realistic serious and boring sandbox game. Like Saints row 2. Hell they should just remake that in HD with extended content.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. InhaleDaHerbHomie

    PC people just chill… Don’t just assume that just because all the past titles have been available on your jizz stained keyboard doesn’t mean rockstar will just automatically just make the game easily available for PC. Sorry to disappoint you but making a game on PC will rob money from companies like Rockstar with the loads of mods and easily available download sites that will host the next hottest thing for free. There is a lot more money to be made on consoles. #23 shut up you sound like a prissy little bitch. #7 who says like it or not? No one gives 2 shits whether your precious PC will have gta 5. If so, cool its already on ps3 and 360.. If not, hah go buy a console.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. InhaleDaHerbHomie

    #26 obviously you get it. Have you recently gone back and played a game like Mario on the super Nintendo and said “Wow, that must’ve been great for its time period.” we’ll its the same with gta4 and gta5 . When gta4 first came out the developers only had an idea of what potential a console can fully produce. When gta 4 first came out it was the shit. Realistic gameplay great graphics compared to gta sa and a very compelling story. Going back and playing it in anticipation of what lies ahead for rockstar really just kills it. Best way to put it. You should’ve played it when it first came out. You prolly woulda loved it.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. monkeygourmet

    Fully agree with @Silk on this one. GTA 4 was shitty, even on release.

    Graphics were awful on consoles, characters dull, gameplay sluggish and boring. The best thing was the multiplayer was fun with friends.

    Other than that, it was severely overrated and I think many people scored it so well because they have a hard on for R*.

    RDR was infinitely superior and it looks like they have taken onboard improvements that featured in RDR and MP3 while creating GTA5.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. undermyrules

    @27 butthurt console fanboy…dont be mad and play the fucking game on your 8 y old can…here we talk about superiour versions..full hd 60 fps+ ultimate textures AA x16 direct x11 graphic settings all high…well that is something that even 10 ps3 combined cant run it…

    #30 1 year ago
  31. InhaleDaHerbHomie

    Wow callin someone 8 look who really mad. Is that the best you got? So why does the military buy ps3′s and xboxs?
    Xbox’s for soldiers to play and ps3 to disassemble to use the core as a super computer. Anyway if you look at it from a company point. Why sell on PC when it rcould really profit more from consoles? Your reply completely ignored what I had stated in my previous comment. Console fan boy? Was that really supposed to be an insult. Go sit back down on your thumb in your mothers basement and think of something else to say. Pshhh…. My IQ dropped in fragments of 10′s reading your response.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. InhaleDaHerbHomie

    @29 solid point… I personally liked gta 4 overall but you can’t really compare it with rdr I mean I still play that to this day. I have to admit that the gta4 radio sucked ass…

    #32 1 year ago
  33. InhaleDaHerbHomie

    #30 your mothers al whore I wore her as my pinky ring! If your name is undermyrules than you live under someone else’s rules in someone else’s roof and are someone else’s bitch. I bet your mother leads the westboro church. Trololololololollol

    #33 1 year ago
  34. InhaleDaHerbHomie

    Oh I just realized your the I’ll bitch I called a prissy lil bitch ain’t yah undermyrules? Ahah!

    #34 1 year ago
  35. Clupula

    @32 – How dare you disparage LCHC, the best station that has ever been in a GTA game!

    #35 1 year ago
  36. CyberMarco

    @Clupula, sorry bro but the only GTA radio that rocks is V Rock! \m/ \m/

    #36 1 year ago
  37. Clupula

    @36 – V-Rock had some great bands with songs that were better than the ones that they put on the station (“Jesus Saves” and “Angel of Death” are way better songs than “Raining Blood,” I don’t know why they’d use something Spreading the Disease instead of Among the Living for Anthrax, and “2 Minutes to Midnight” is so overplayed, and I say that as someone who loves Maiden). I also could done without the Loverboy, Autograph, and Quiet Riot.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. The Brazilian

    I Think next year on E3, they will announce the Game for the new generation
    (Xbox one and Ps4)and PC…

    #38 1 year ago
  39. Hcw87

    Funny thing is that GTAIV didn’t look noticably better on PC (without mods) compared to the 360 version. Pretty much the only thing it had going for it was mods.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. kezwar

    @26 Ah, I mis-read your original comment. I thought you said you played GTA V last night. I wholeheartedly disagree with your comments though.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. InhaleDaHerbHomie

    Lil bitch ass nigga fuck you I bet you stay watching porn on you fucking pc

    #41 1 year ago
  42. NocturnalB


    I don’t understand any of your posts, you’re name calling and arguing but I can’t decipher who you’re actually arguing with, everything you’ve said is bizarre and random. Besides that, the childish overuse of profanity is unwarranted and unwanted here.

    Learn how to conduct yourself like an adult.

    #42 1 year ago

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