GTA V on PS5 is the latest and final format in which the game is being released… or, so I said in relation to the PC version when that came out in 2015. Here we are, seven years on from that, and almost nine years on from the original release on PS3 and Xbox 360 – on September 17th 2013 – and this is DEFINITELY the final format!
Well, until the PS6 and Xbox Something X come out.
I still play GTA V on the PC, from time to time, these days, and it does feel a bit odd in that we’re playing the same game across three generations consoles as well as PC, but that aside, it’s still a fantastic game to play, although initially, the new controls do take a bit of getting used to on PS5, and don’t feel as fluid as when I’m using my Xbox one S controller on my PC. That feeling doesn’t last for too long, and I’m not quite sure why it would affect things, but don’t worry if it also happens to you. However, I will give that the blame for my shooting in the opening level being a bit off 😉
One of the most notable improvements, is that the story mode certainly loads in a lot faster on the PS5 with the SSD, whereas on the PC, it seems to take forever, as that’s loading from a regular hard drive. Here, character-switching is also much faster.
As a game overall, after nearly two weeks of checking this out – with a number of gameplay videos already up, and more to come – GTA V on PS5 certainly looks stunning, but the faces of the three main characters – Michael, Franklin and Trevor – could do with a little remodelling, given that we’re two generations on from the PS3.
In 2015, the PC I used back then felt decent for the time, and now I use one for games that’s better, but I still would’ve loved to have been able to buy a new one with a RTX3080 or AMD equivalent, although for a lot of reasons I won’t get into, they’ve just not been available. However, on PS5, I don’t have to worry about any such restrictions regarding graphics cards or any other bottlenecks, since this will be custom-engineered for the console in question.
While the PC version had a 21:9 mode for Ultra-wide monitors, I can’t see that on here (not that I have any need for such a monitor), but the PS5 version does have three modes, all of which will give 4K resolution on this console: Fidelity mode gives 30 frames-per-second, and a native 4K resolution; Performance mode is 4K and 60fps, while Performance RT also allows for Ray Tracing.
GTA Base also confirms there’s improved lighting quality across shadows and water reflections, increased vegetation density, increased population and traffic variety, and platform-specific features such as advanced Haptic Feedback, adding new sensations to weather effects, directional damage, rough road surfaces, and explosions.
So, it’s all new and improved, but they also state there’s “Immersive 3D audio”. As someone who has all the speakers around my room, and have done for many years, I’d say that’s as ‘3D’ my audio can get.
In my PC game review, I listed a ton of observations that also apply here (so, you can read them on there), but one thing a lot of people still seem to champion is the first-person view mode. Personally, I’ll stick with the traditional third-person mode, as that’s what I’m used to with this game. I wouldn’t want to play the Hitman series from a first-person view, either, since in both cases, you need to be able to see all around, so you’re fully aware of how next to proceed, whether on foot, in vehicle or anything inbetween.
Overall, I’m really enjoying playing this game on the newest console in my house, and note, that this release also includes GTA Online, but while I’ve tried that on PC, I’m generally just a Story Mode kind of guy. As such, I don’t go in for online gaming on my PS5.
Note that I have made more gameplay than is currently online at the time of posting this, but am releasing it regularly, so please subscribe to my Youtube channel, and look forward to more!
Thanks to our friends at Rockstar Games for the review code for this game.
- Developer: Rockstar North
- Publisher: Rockstar Games
- Players: single-player, multiplayer
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