GTA 5: Check Out This PS3 vs. PS4 Video Comparison

As you might expect, the current-gen version of Rockstar Games' open-world game looks impressive.

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An eye-opening new comparison video from Digital Foundry reveals the differences between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Rockstar Games' open-world action title Grand Theft Auto V. As you'd expect, the current-generation version--due out this fall--looks noticeably better.

When Rockstar Games announced the new version of GTA V for PS4, Xbox One, and PC last week at E3, the company promised "across-the-board graphical and technical improvements." This will include, as we see in the video, increased draw distances, new wildlife, and better resolution overall.

Image Credit: Eurogamer

Digital Foundry's detailed assessment goes on to note that street traffic is increased and you'll find more NPCs walking around Los Santos than on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. In addition, water should look more realistic, trees will appear fuller, and fields of grass have been added to bolster a feeling of vibrancy and life.

Rockstar Games has not announced an official resolution or frame rate for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC versions. However, Digital Foundry suggests that the PS4 version runs in native 1080p.

GTA V launched for Xbox 360 and PS3 last year, going on to generate $1 billion in revenue in 72 hours. Rockstar Games continues to support the game's multiplayer mode, Grand Theft Auto Online, with new content, like this week's "I'm Not a Hipster" update.

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Discussion

618 comments
bk2fut
bk2fut

The comparison photo rocks....why do all other graphics comparisons lack the miracle that is the slidable photo, side-by-side with the option to slide to one or the other.....Sliding.....it's the way of the future :P

Jenova-Witness
Jenova-Witness

It would be nice if I could transfer my single player game save from my PS3 to my PS4.

marlobc
marlobc

I don't think any of these comparison video really make sense until they are done by same capture device , there is significant difference in colors, brightness, contrast , gamma between different capture cards . Also after capturing the video was not uploaded in raw quality ,it was rendered on different softwares , which adds to the difference .

Sato2099
Sato2099

Well this comparison is manipulative. First of all, the setting, colors, saturation, sharpnes on PS3 is really bad(well i mean the TV settings). Somebody did that on purpuse. Second, little details, like walking on empty streets, showing the same car but without xenon lights. 


I agree that you can see the difference in details and all looks better on PS4, but GTA V doesn't look like that on PS3 and on ma 50 inch screen. I looks a lot better that this crappy capture from this comparison.

metallinatus
metallinatus

O.o I didn't expect it to look THAT bad in the old gen *jaw dropped*

The current gen graphics are nothing impressive, though, it is just in pair with other current gen games....

crix01
crix01

Rockstar is never going to port GTA V to PC pirates because.........no wait.....

oddsnake
oddsnake

O.o I didn't expect it to look THAT good *jaw dropped*.


My personal game of the generation is coming back with a vengeance. 

dolchi21
dolchi21

GTA V sucks, better wait for WatchDogs NextGen to be released


:)

skidmarkmike11
skidmarkmike11

Have they mentioned if the game will have an improved frame rate. GTA V as it stands dips down into the 20 or so FPS range on the regular.

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

exclusive content on ps4 thats why they showed ps4 also sony may get it first.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Hard to believe people will be dumb enough to buy this game again this gen when it looks the damn same.No thanks there will be a hell of alot better games out by then.

xdluffy
xdluffy

Already played it on the 360 so unless its cheap for new gen (fat chance) ill pass. Looks great though but therell be alot of new games out by then i imagine

maximo
maximo

One thing is for sure GTA looks better on the 360 than the PS3 judging by that video. I just hope that the Xbox One can maintain the better graphics over the PS4.

I am sure it will

swimbearuk
swimbearuk

I don't see the point in getting the game on current gen. consoles.  I played it enough already on the 360.  If you haven't played it already then it's worth picking up for the new consoles, but doing the same thing over again with better graphics doesn't appeal to me.

prime_l
prime_l

Also, denser traffic != more fun. I hope it doesn't make the driving too hard. On 360 I got it down and could get around quickly without crashing. I hope I don't get stuck in traffic just because the next gen can handle more cars.

prime_l
prime_l

Getting for Ps4, then will add to the Steam library after a decent sale and the modders have had some time to work their magic.

My gaming rig is getting a bit old now being a 2nd gen i5 with 8gb RAM and a 560ti, so I doubt I'll be able to run it on Ultra settings. Also, Rockstar don't have a great track record with PC ports. A lot of the Pc guys seem to forget that...

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

The take home message is that since the PC version will look best and it will have mods, that's the one you should probably get.

BuggyTime
BuggyTime

It looks better but not "8 yrs of tech" better.

grin89
grin89

gonna buy for the xbox 1 and pirate on my pc.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

@marlobc Who cares, it's super obvious the difference between these two versions, just let it go.

JDFS
JDFS

@crix01 *Looks* at friend's PS3 copied version...  *comes back here*... yyyyyeaaaahh noooo

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

@skidmarkmike11 They said that the frame rate and resolution would be improved I'm pretty sure right after E3

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

@skidmarkmike11 you could see a frame rate improvement clearly when compared next to each other, watch the night time traffic sequence, it's obvious.

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

@jake198624 Well the new trailer did show the Playstation 4 footage so it actually made sense to compare it to PS3.  As of right now there is no footage for the Xbox One or PC version released publicly.  

metallinatus
metallinatus

@hahatchimmmmm YES! Let's hope Rockstar makes a deal with EA and Activision to help them make one GTA per year!

troyo90
troyo90

@swimbearuk Playing the game over with 5x better graphics and a more populated world sounds like much fun to me...

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

@swimbearuk If you are just talking about consoles, I see your point. But for PC with mods you not only get night/day difference in graphics (much, much bigger difference), but you also get massive new content and tweaks. 


Take Skyrim for instance. Modded Skyrim is a very different game then the console version (it is even a very different game from the un-modded PC version).

sabas10
sabas10

@prime_l With the GTA IV port to PC, the higher traffic density was much better. I believe the same will go for GTA V, I find the traffic density too low on my PS3.

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@prime_l every hacker and modder is prepared to hack gta plus exclusive content which could be hiest on playstation only could lead me to only get the ps4 version.

skidmarkmike11
skidmarkmike11

@prime_l Unless you're referring to their most recent "ports" like Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire. Those games ran and looked far superior to their console counterparts. 

sabas10
sabas10

@xgalacticax Mods haven't been confirmed yet as far as I know, but I am hoping for it...

sabas10
sabas10

@BuggyTime That's because GTA V didn't have the quality of the day-one games of the X360. There's no 8 years of tech difference between the games, just between the consoles. There's a difference.

yogibbear
yogibbear

@BuggyTime FYI the video is compressed and at 720p. These comparison videos always suffer. Real test would be seeing it on a 1440p monitor. The good things I did see where better dynamic shadows, lighting effects & draw distance. But otherwise you cannot judge any of the texture resolution bumps (which will probably be the biggest deal) from a video like this.

metallinatus
metallinatus

@grin89 Differently to the rest of the people that answered you, I will assume you are just trolling PC and their "bunch of pirates" with that statement.

troyo90
troyo90

@grin89 Which means you won't be able to play GTA Online which is half the fun of GTAV...

skidmarkmike11
skidmarkmike11

@grin89 Why not just buy for your PC...? Do you just like Xbox achievements better than Steam achievements? Or do you just like stealing stuff?


Oh wait, we're talking about Grand Theft Auto.

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

@grin89 You're taking a huge risk in exposing your PC to viruses by pirating the game. 

nosloandy92
nosloandy92

@grin89 why not just buy it on PC?  I mean, you'll be getting mods and better performance, by far.

FuzzyPancakes
FuzzyPancakes

@Gankstar_VX84 @skidmarkmike11 Not really, there weren't any noticeable fps drops on either screen, youtube plays back only at 30fps so you can't see anything above that, so its pretty hard to tell, and it depends what console you play on, or your PC specs to really determine if the fps was that much better

troyo90
troyo90

@jake198624 If it was about power they would have used a PC.         Fanboiii