Rockstar Explains Why GTA V Won’t Be On PS4

Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V will arrive just a few weeks and months before everyone expects the next generation PlayStation and Xbox to be formally announced. They’re pushing the current generation of consoles hard, that’s for sure, but why? Why aren’t they just aiming at next generation?

Why? Numbers. “We feel we can do some very impressive stuff and do it for a large audience,” said Dan Houser to IGN. This felt like the way… “There’ll be a much larger audience on PS3 than there will be on PS4.” And yes, he said PS4.

[videoyoutube]And in terms of technology? “Some other people talk about the limitations of the [current] hardware,” said Houser.


“We don’t feel there are that many limitations. At a creative level, which is the most important for us, we could say everything we wanted to say and do everything we wanted to do on these machines.”

“We didn’t sit there saying, ‘We’d like to do this in the game, but we can’t.’ There’s plenty of power in these machines.”

So why not target the PC, or the Wii U? “Everything else is up for consideration,” came the reply. “That’s all I can give you. We’re not Nintendo, we’re not Sony, we’re not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there’s the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market.”

“If that’s on Apple we put something on Apple. Wherever it might be. I think that’s the fun in what we do. We see ourselves as a content company that uses technology. We don’t make it; we use it to make the most fun stuff.”

GTA V is expected next Spring, for PS3 and Xbox 360.



  1. Hmm, he said PS4.

  2. Short version: We want to make as much money as possible.

  3. I’m just gonna say I think the way he said PS4 was inconsequential, and simply to explain a point in a relatable way. Stop trying to stir speculation! :)

  4. Probably they playing it safe & want to prove themselves after what they did to GTA4 on ps3 time for redemption get it lol

    Not related to the article but did anyone else receive an early invite to that ps vita app called [email protected] am about download it now

  5. Just thought about why it’s not on a simultaneous PC release, the 360 and PS3 are limited machines (each 360 and PS3 has the same architecture) so the optimisations are pre-done before going gold. Whereas each PC has an unlimited range of power (CPU, GPU and RAM), so optimisations will have to be adjustable on each machine to make the most out of it. So the rendering engine will need to be dynamic too.

    It’s simple really, just not sure why I didn’t think of it. Although if it’s using basically the same engine (as GTA IV and other R* sandbox titles), not sure why it usually takes 6 months.

  6. Well said.

  7. Maybe R* have seen the specs of the PS4.

  8. I’m glad it’s on current gen, ever since IV I’ve been wondering what a well optimised GTA could do on the PS3.

    • It won’t be well optimised on the ps3. It’ll be well optimised on the 360 and ps3 will be an afterthought.

      • It’s being developed side by side for both systems, meaning no lead platform. Or so says R*.

      • Just remembered, previews so far has been done on a PS3. So I guess it’ll be good.

  9. I wonder which AAA titles are planned for PS4 release as console shifters, we knew that GTA wouldn’t be one of them. Gran Turismo will be one of the likely contenders I’d have thought.
    Anyway, Vive le PS3 !

  10. I wonder if Red Dead Redemption 2 will be used as a console shifter for next gen. I loved that game, more so than any GTA game, (although Vice City comes close). If they do, then i’d be tempted to by a PS4 as soon as it’s released.
    That being said tho, I’m still happy with my PS3, and still have plenty of games to play on it.

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