Grand Theft Auto 5 In 4K Is An Eye Opener – Rockstar

4K aims to “transform” how you experience GTA V on PC.

Posted By | On 12th, Apr. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @@Martintoney2012


A few days ago we told you about what you’re going to need if you want to play Grand Theft Auto V in the highly sought after 4K resolution that, frankly speaking, makes the console resolution and frame rate debate seem like a crying child begging for attention. PC Gamer recently sat down to talk with Rockstar developers, director of technology Phil Hooker, director of engineering Klaas Schilstra and technical director Adam Fowler, to ask them about 4K.

When they asked about how 4K will “transform” a players experience in the game world, the developers said, “Do you think it’ll transform the way they experience that world? 4k is an eye opener when you see if for the first time, it really does make you look at the world differently and in greater detail as you would expect.”

“That said, you could probably say the same thing about a lot of the other high-end graphical options and ultimately it will be personal preference which particular resolution and graphical settings that each player decides to settle on.” 4K may not be the norm just yet, but that’s a glorious future worth looking forward to..if you can support it that is.

Grand Theft Auto 5 will launch on PC next week and will most likely be the final platform the game will launch on. The popular and multi-million selling game is already available on PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Norm on PC 2 years later. Norm for consoles 5 years later.

    • HammadTheOne

      I really doubt it’ll be the norm anytime within the next 2 years on PC. As it is, the most popular games on PC are LoL, Minecraft, Counter Strike etc., games which don’t really push the limit on graphics and are playable on any standard modern PC. PC gaming itself isn’t the norm right now, much less 1080p or 4k gaming.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      That last part is especially true sadly. Manufacturers shouldn’t even have the gall to offer sub 1080p to consumers when they know that or higher is gonna be a better buy. Because of this practice many still keep their old computers since companies continue to support them. Mainstream really has hindered the advent of technology.

    • Ndustry

      What are you saying? You prefer the practice of companies forcing you to upgrade technology rather than produce products that last? Like I know this is common in the PC industry becoming more and more inefficient, program szes becoming larger and larger with accumulated rather than efficient code, tasking your computer more and more to produce the same results so you go and upgrade. Kinda like how car companies make cars to break down to get more money out you. But it is bad practice and any industry that puts their mind in the gutter like that isn’t going to “advance”, plus it’s evidence they are NOT advancing as you wouldn’t resort to these “tactics” if you actually were. To be perfectly honest I was happy at 480i, and that I got 1080P you can call me again when you get to 20K, plus as I hear it 8K is where all the new high end broadcast gear is at so 4K is kinda like 720P was anyway.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      Didn’t ever say I wanted that. I don’t want a product if I will never use it much. It may not work in other industries like it does for PC but PC that’s what’s making companies like AMD or Intel money and until they find a different way that benefits them and the consumer they’ll continue it. PC constantly keeps changing forcing consumers to upgrade more than they’d like it really can’t be helped. When you put it like that it all makes the current situation of technology adoption even worse. I don’t think anyone has the dexterity to even simultaneously focus on 5 multi monitor 4K screens. However I think if the products were cheaper people would have the luxury of the technology and we wouldn’t be discussing this. The economy really has made it harder for people to adopt new technology. Growing up I was happy with 480p until I discovered the HD difference. There’s less difference between 4K and 8K than there is 720p and 1080p but I suppose you do have a point on that.

    • DarthDiggler


      At the moment not many of the 4K televisions have adequate display lag for gaming. Likely that played a role in the design of the PS4 / XBOX ONE.

      Don’t let these facts get in the way of your rant. BTW if it will be 5 years before Sony and MS implement 4K, I would guesstimate Nintendo is 10-15 years out. 🙂

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      4K adoption wasn’t that high at the time PS4 and X1 were released I believe is the bigger factor in that decision. My 4K is crisp and clear though not the best. I’m not ranting I’m trying make sense to you people and for some reason we’re not seeing eye to eye. No, Nintendo is behind on 4K gaming, they will be done. They have to have it by the time the other two do or sooner. By then it will be affordable and Nintendo can’t refuse it. Nintendo must adapt to that single fact if they are to remain relevant.

  • Preston Scott Grimes

    I wonder who can actually see these in 4K quality considering 98-99 percent of people don’t have the tech to do so (phones and computers).

    • Amith Thomas

      Lots of people will get 4k over time.

      For now, let those few lucky bastards enjoy what they paid for 🙂

    • HammadTheOne

      I wouldn’t say lots, most people dont even have gaming PC’s right now.

    • Amith Thomas

      When I say lots of people, I am ofcourse referring to the PC gaming demographic.

    • SomeGuy

      Ya, not lots, and not soon.

    • Amith Thomas

      ‘over time’

      I didn’t say soon.
      So, over time, lots of people will indeed get them 🙂


      lol why even mention phones in relation to a PC game

    • Preston Scott Grimes

      Because most people are looking at them on their phones…..for example I’m on my phone right now..

  • Obi Alfred

    Some forget that a lot of people bought 4K Tvs last holiday season.

  • PixelOmen

    Resolution is crazy overrated, even in the context of graphical fidelity. Display tech, Image processing, and render quality are the only things that really matter.

    Obviously the higher resolution the better, but people act resolution alone makes things look amazing, when all it really does it make things look slightly sharper.

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