GTA V Cements PS3 As Lead Platform
Posted on Tuesday, July 9 @ 11:43:04 Eastern by Daniel Bischoff
By the end of this console generation, you likely have two pieces of similar hardware, you've probably played tons of exclusives on each, but now it's time to make a decision. Amazing third-party games push every last ounce of power out of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V is no different. Its massive open-world, with intricate and incredibly varied gameplay, and sure-to-be-insanely popular multiplayer that will be awesome no matter what platform you play it on. Still, it's important to draw comparisons because even small details can affect your experience.
Short of waiting for the inevitable PC port or an off-chance next-gen console version, your choice for Grand Theft Auto V falls between Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. Here's the breakdown of pros and cons for GTA V on each platform:
(Note: your preferences might differ, and honestly if you only have one console you don't really need the list do you? Some of these might be non-factors to you, but we count them because Rockstar Games won't say explicitly which platform is better for GTA V and its all fodder for the console war. As with many third-party titles, it's left to us to feel out which platform will be better based purely on speculation.)
The first indicator that your GTA V experience might be just a teensy bit better on PS3 is the system's Blu-ray technology, enabling Rockstar to ship the open-world epoch on just one disc. The entirety of GTA V's data will be in the drive, ready for the open-world engine powering Los Santos to pull from the disc and installed data.
Every PS3 since launch has come with a sizeable hard drive, and certainly later models come equipped with much larger drives. If you bought your PS3 in the past 3 years, you're guaranteed to have at least a 120 GB hard drive as the second line Slim Model shipped with no drive less than that. If you bought your PS3 recently for a killer exclusive like The Last of Us, your drive is probably much larger still.
+Pulse ELITE Headset
Sony is releasing a GTA V-branded version of their Pulse ELITE headset. The cans come with a large V on the side, but more importantly the Pulse's preset audio modes will have a GTA V-specific soundscape, making for the best possible in GTA V audio experience.
+PS3 Console Bundle
Rockstar Games and Sony Computer Entertainment announced at E3 that Grand Theft Auto V will be features in an exclusive PS3 console bundle that would be available day and date with the game. This isn't exactly and indicator on the quality of the gameplay, but it does speek volumes about which piece of hardware the developers have been working with most.
+Gameplay Video On PS3
Today's gameplay debut of Grand Theft Auto V ran on PlayStation 3 hardware as evidenced by button prompts, as have previous trailers. If the full gameplay unveil's preference for PlayStation hardware isn't enough for you, I don't know what is.
Like it or not, the PlayStation Network has had a rocky road throughout this console generation. Whether you were a victim in the hacks or want to engage in cross-game chat while you enjoy Grand Theft Auto V, the PlayStation Network just doesn't stack up against the competition's online environment, though that is very likely to change in the next-generation. Still, we don't care about the next-generation because GTA V is on Xbox 360 and PS3. There are no bones about it, Xbox Live presents a more robust and stable environment for online play.
Grand Theft Auto V's retooled shooting mechanics give greater focus on sticks and triggers, and the Xbox 360 controller has definitely won out over the Dualshock 3 in those areas. If you're anticipating the controller wars for next-gen consoles, check out our hands-on with the Dualshock 4 and the Xbox One controller.
My Xbox LIVE friends list is already populated with tons of friends made in Grand Theft Auto IV multiplayer. This might not be true for you, but it is for me, which is why I'm including this factor on my list.
Microsoft's online infrastructure is heading into its third-generation and onto its third console. As the originator of online console gameplay, the Xbox brand has greater experience and knowledge in supporting massive influxes of new and returning players. If you plan on hopping online, chatting with friends regardless of segregated single-player experiences, and generally enjoying the full breadth of Grand Theft Auto online, Xbox LIVE will provide that stable, connected environment.
Grand Theft Auto V's refocused mechanics by establishing a responsive and entertaining core of gameplay for players. That means the controls will be more important than ever. If you've played Max Payne 3 on either Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll have a good idea of how shooting will feel in Grand Theft Auto V. Tuned triggers and fine manipulation of your aim will be required, so it seems clear that if you can't handle the Dualshock 3 and feel more comfortable with the 360 pad after hours and hours of shooting gameplay (in Call of Duty and the like), then the Xbox 360 is the version for you.
My hard drive is full of Halo 4 right now, and I'd rather not take Microsoft's flagship multiplayer shooter off just to put Grand Theft Auto V on. Despite the incredible open-world multiplayer teased in today's gameplay reveal, I know I'll want to go back and continue my Spartan's career on the UNSC Infinity. My case may be special. I still have my Xbox 360 from Halo 3's launch and its 20 GB hard drive has proven prohibitively small, forcing me to make choices between games I'd like to keep in regular rotation.
The situation is not as grim as you might think for Xbox 360 gamers, but subtle prods from the PlayStation and Rockstar Games marketing machines have cemented my decision to purchase GTA V on PS3. Which platform are you getting the game on? Does it even matter when the title looks as good as it does?
Shit, I might not be able to resist playing GTA V with GameRevolution's Xbox 360 community either. Better pick up two copies.
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