Rockstar games has released images for the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto V on PC.
As we all know, PC gaming is where you go if you want high-resolution, graphically rich graphics and a decent frame-rate. Anyone looking to new-gen consoles for these things will almost always be sorely disappointed.
So Rockstar has released a bunch of new screenshots in stunning 4k resolution (fully four-times that of a 1080p display.)
And they look great. Really great. Detailed and colorful and beautiful—oddly beautiful for a game that’s so often ugly, at least in its narrative and characters.
Look at this one for instance. It’s stunning, the way the light cuts through the trees, the amount of vegetation surrounding Trevor, perhaps even keeping him out of the prying eyes of the nearby police:
Or take this one, a shot of an airplane flying above a train as it passes through beautiful rolling hills. In the distance, a city hugs the shore of a rippling ocean. It’s almost peaceful:
I mean, just look at these cars! At that billboard!
Or these cars!
Or this scenery!
Actually, those last two are screenshots Rockstar released prior to the launch of GTA V on PS3 and Xbox 360 way back in 2013. They look pretty good, too. Not as good as these high-res PC ones, but pretty good. Good enough, that’s for sure.
Everything is marketing, in one form or another. The screens for GTA V preceding its release made the game look, overall, better than it actually would on your TV. They’re tailor-made to make the game look good. That’s what marketing is for, it’s why cheese-burgers look so much better in commercials than they do when you actually go through the fast food drive-thru.
Rockstar isn’t unique in this, either, but I figure there’s never a wrong time to send out a little reminder that much of what we engage in when we discuss video games is just one type of hype or another. I’m sure GTA V will look great on PC, much better than on any console. But screenshots can be deceiving.
Read my Forbes blog here.