The announcement trailer for “Grand Theft Auto V” on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was one of E3 2014’s most spectacular, and this comparison video sets out to discover just how big the generation gap has become.
The team at Digital Foundry put sections of the announcement trailer up against game footage from the PlayStation 3 edition — granted, the least capable of last gen versions — to see what differences players can expect to experience. Indeed, “GTA 5 simply didn’t run very well on PS3 or 360,” DF’s John Linneman reminded readers in a column for Eurogamer. “Sure, for those particular platforms, it was an incredibly impressive game, but frame-rate rarely managed to stick close to the 30fps target leading to a rather inconsistent experience.”
Showing footage from the announcement trailer next to a PS3 recreation supplied by YouTube channel GTA Series Videos, it becomes apparent that numerous improvements have been applied across the board. “Rockstar could very easily have updated the game with a simple resolution increase and a performance jump, but all the indications are that the studio has decided to go the extra mile and deliver a significantly upgraded experience, and provided that the final game matches what we’ve seen in this trailer we should be in for quite a treat,” says Linneman. Noted improvements range from increased volumes of traffic and population counts to new forms of wildlife, even more realistic waves and water, grassy fields that replace flat textured ground, and a range of new atmospheric lighting effects.
The firm’s analyst remained positive in terms of an accompanying PC version, based on the performance of 2012’s “Max Payne 3,” and expressed interest in testing out the Xbox One edition once it arrives, alluding to not only the architectural and hardware differences that put PlayStation 4 ahead in like-for-like comparisons, but also the risk of using carefully curated marketing material as a benchmark. “Obviously the question of performance remains a mystery at this point and one we’re eager to answer when the time comes.”
Here is the trailer comparison: