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GTA V PS3/Xbox 360 screenshot comparison

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Historically, Rockstar North’s games this generation have just been that teeny, tiny little bit better on the Xbox 360 than the PS3. It was true for GTA IV, and it true for Read Dead Redemption. while we’re all busy waiting for Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry to do an in-depth comparison to confirm our own platform biases, here’re some comparative screenshots (via Reddit) for you to scrutinise.

PS3

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Xbox 360

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PS3

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Xbox 360

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PS3

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Xbox 360

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PS3

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Xbox 360

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Maybe it’s because my eyes are a little slanty and don’t let enough light in, but I’m seriously struggling to tell much difference between the two sets. What do you think? which looks better to you? does it bloody well matter?

For me, it all comes down to frame-rates, and well, apparently neither versions is really up to the task – though I’m really glad that it seems Rockstar’s managed something resembling platform parity.

Last Updated: September 17, 2013

126 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 17, 2013 at 13:32

    Looks great on both.

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  2. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 17, 2013 at 13:32

    Why is the sun blotted out?

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    • Kromas

      September 17, 2013 at 13:38

      Everyone knows if you stare at the sun you go blind.

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      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 17, 2013 at 13:40

        You mean its so realistic it will burn your retina?

        😛

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        • Kromas

          September 17, 2013 at 13:43

          Oops I forgot it is not on pc. 😛

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          • M-m-m-monster John

            September 17, 2013 at 14:01

            Not yet

          • Kromas

            September 17, 2013 at 14:02

            When it arrives on pc you will have to get sunscreen lotion while playing it

          • M-m-m-monster John

            September 17, 2013 at 14:03

            Yes I will Kromas, yes I will.

            It’s the only sun I’ll get for a while anyway.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 17, 2013 at 14:06

            The women love a man with the LCD tan.

          • M-m-m-monster John

            September 17, 2013 at 14:07

            I know!
            Who wouldn’t?

          • sylent6

            September 18, 2013 at 02:49

            The best comment I heard as of yet.

          • Kromas

            September 17, 2013 at 14:21

            That is the way it should be.

    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 17, 2013 at 15:10

      How else do you think people like me and OVG get a tan? That shit can burn!

      Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    September 17, 2013 at 13:32

    LOL @ slanty eyes!

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  4. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 17, 2013 at 13:32

    Would there be traffic jams?

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    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 17, 2013 at 14:01

      Hopefully not like there are in the new SimCity.

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  5. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 17, 2013 at 13:33

    What is the frame rate then?

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  6. That Dark Twit

    September 17, 2013 at 13:40

    I don’t see much difference between the two.

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  7. oVg

    September 17, 2013 at 13:40

    GO BT GAMES CANAL WALK.
    Not only were the staff kind and jovial, but they went the extra mile to inform a very full shop about the Mature nature of GTAV and checked ID on some of the kids in school uniform. They then informed every 360 owner how to install the game for optimum results.

    Also some darn fine looking gamer chicks in the line 🙂

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    • That Dark Twit

      September 17, 2013 at 13:41

      Now that is service! Good job BT Games!

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 17, 2013 at 13:41

      WOW, awesome!

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 17, 2013 at 13:55

      And what was the reaction of the kids being carded? lol

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      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        September 17, 2013 at 13:56

        Their moms will most likely come and complain to the manager that the staff would not sell a 18+ game to their 13 year olds 😛

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      • oVg

        September 17, 2013 at 14:00

        They expected it, and then informed the staff that the school holidays start this Friday to a very dismayed looking staff member who suddenly started coughing as if to state “sick leave is coming”

        All in all it was a cool vibe and the people in the line were all grinning like the Cheshire Cat 🙂

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    • Anon A Mouse

      September 17, 2013 at 14:15

      That’s what I like about BT Games. I was in their Bloem shop over the weekend and the dude behind the counter went to great lengths to explain to the mom that the game her 10 year old chose were full of drugs and violence and wasn’t appropriate for his age. The mom actually thanked him for the info and let the kid go and choose something more appropriate.

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      • M-m-m-monster John

        September 17, 2013 at 14:16

        Respect

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      • oVg

        September 17, 2013 at 14:24

        Great stuff.

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      • SaintsRowLee

        September 17, 2013 at 14:33

        Wait? A parent involved in her child’s gaming???? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO??????

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        • M-m-m-monster John

          September 17, 2013 at 14:37

          Well, it’s not America.
          Suppose we have to be careful these days, just now your kid plays it and kills your family.

          Reply

      • Brady miaau

        September 17, 2013 at 14:35

        I up-voted.

        I hope the BT games employee lives vicariously through your internet profile!

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      • King_Anon

        September 21, 2013 at 20:45

        Yea… because video games make people wanna kill people! Yea! GET REAL YOU OLD FART. This debate has long since been proven wrong. You’re like how the 90’s media reacted to the original GTA. Cry me a river. Idiot.

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    • CypherGate

      September 17, 2013 at 14:33

      BT Games N1 City as well. Really cool bunch that side

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      • M-m-m-monster John

        September 17, 2013 at 14:36

        Seconded

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        • CypherGate

          September 17, 2013 at 14:38

          The one guy Ryan… damn his passionate about games lol Once he starts talking about Dark Souls be prepared to wait your turn to speak lol

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          • M-m-m-monster John

            September 17, 2013 at 14:39

            Challenge accepted.

    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 17, 2013 at 15:10

      Nice one!

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    • meerkat

      September 19, 2013 at 17:50

      What a good thing to hear. I am currently one of the 3 staff members employed at BT Games Canal Walk. Our branch sold the most copies in western cape on launch date thanks to customers like yourself.

      I must agree, we had some fine looking chicks in the shop on that day 😀

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    • King_Anon

      September 21, 2013 at 20:41

      Thanks for telling me. They can go fuck themselves. Now i know where NOT to buy. You see now the money will either go to another shop or the game will be pirated. Your stupid beloved shop did not win, they lost. Also noone doesn’t know how to install a game. Everyone knows that “kids” play anything, why do you think COD sells so well, moron?
      I bet R1000 those kids got the game anyway.

      Your beloved shop just failed very hard.

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  8. Dragula Dirt

    September 17, 2013 at 13:47

    Well … looking at the ferris wheel shot you can see the flags are flying in different directions … one of them has the wind blowing in the wrong direction 😉

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  9. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 17, 2013 at 13:48

    Only difference I see is that the 360 shots are ever so slightly lighter.

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    • Spathi

      September 17, 2013 at 13:57

      Yeah, more contrast on the PS3 version. That’s it! PS3 version superior because MOAR!!!!!

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  10. Mike

    September 17, 2013 at 13:49

    The clouds are different. That’s the deciding factor.

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 17, 2013 at 13:50

      XD

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  11. That Dark Twit

    September 17, 2013 at 13:50

    BTW, has Gavin taken a sick day today?

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      September 17, 2013 at 14:41

      no, he’s off on a secret mission.

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      • M-m-m-monster John

        September 17, 2013 at 14:45

        Oh, we saw the article about the hidden things on the GTA map, don’t you worry.

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 17, 2013 at 14:47

          LULZ

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        • That Dark Twit

          September 17, 2013 at 15:29

          Hehe

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      • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

        September 17, 2013 at 15:37

        And when secret you mean frequenting dodgy European places 😉

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  12. Stephen Ynwa Blythe

    September 17, 2013 at 13:50

    No difference unless your the part of the pixel Nazis who would probably say different lol

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    • Mossel

      September 17, 2013 at 13:57

      Pixel Nazis… those are the worst kind.

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      • Umar Betrayed By Brenda

        September 17, 2013 at 13:58

        Pixelated Nazis?

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        • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

          September 17, 2013 at 13:59

          Wolfenstein?

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          • Umar Betrayed By Brenda

            September 17, 2013 at 14:00

            Lol ja

          • M-m-m-monster John

            September 17, 2013 at 14:02

            Legend

          • Umar Betrayed By Brenda

            September 17, 2013 at 14:04

            Brilliant game, one of the first fps games I played, Hail DOS!

          • M-m-m-monster John

            September 17, 2013 at 14:06

            *gives a solemn bow*

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 17, 2013 at 14:09

            *heil

          • Umar Betrayed By Brenda

            September 17, 2013 at 14:12

            danke

        • Mossel

          September 17, 2013 at 14:00

          Yup. right before Black and White nazis and 2D nazis.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 17, 2013 at 14:01

          Pixies, can’t trust them. They’re the most fascist of all fairies.

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          • Umar Betrayed By Brenda

            September 17, 2013 at 14:04

            Damn them Pixies to hell with their pixie dust, making the PS 3 version look so much better

  13. Umar Betrayed By Brenda

    September 17, 2013 at 13:54

    Wow, PS 3 version looks waaaaay better

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  14. Lardus-Respect the beard

    September 17, 2013 at 13:54

    You don’t fool me! You used the same images for both consoles!!!

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    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 17, 2013 at 14:03

      Always the skeptic I see.
      With all this GTA V we might get a screenshot of a GTA character for ION.

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      • Lardus-Respect the beard

        September 17, 2013 at 14:22

        Well, then we know before hand not to try Googling her! But ya, not much difference in those screenies.

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    • Brady miaau

      September 17, 2013 at 14:33

      Nah, the images are off a PC

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      • Lardus-Respect the beard

        September 17, 2013 at 15:20

        Ahhh, welcome fellow tin-foil-hat wearer 😛

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  15. Axis

    September 17, 2013 at 13:56

    Great job on both platforms. However the colour looks just little richer on the PS3 version as well as a little more detail in certain areas. For example look at the first two pictures at the bottom and bottom left corner. The detail on the objects are much more clear on the PS3 while a bit smudged on the 360.

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  16. Avithar

    September 17, 2013 at 14:02

    looks to me like the 360 is cleaner compaired to the PS…

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    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 17, 2013 at 14:04

      I don’t know, I always thought a white console showed dirt easier. Trololol

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      • Avithar

        September 17, 2013 at 14:07

        elite xbox owner but so it is as black as they come…lol

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        • M-m-m-monster John

          September 17, 2013 at 14:08

          Well, that one just fell flat, now didn’t it?

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          • Avithar

            September 17, 2013 at 14:11

            still waiting for my copy of the game…CNA is killing me…

          • The Noble TiMsTeR

            September 17, 2013 at 14:58

            You pre ordered for delivery?

          • Avithar

            September 17, 2013 at 15:02

            yeah bud, they even said i would get it between 12 and 3 today and is has just gone 3 and still nothing… #sigh

          • The Noble TiMsTeR

            September 17, 2013 at 15:06

            Well I am in similar boat, I pre ordered mine, gonna have to collect after work though. I called guy at CNA he is holding my pre order. The point remains though which is the wait…

          • Avithar

            September 17, 2013 at 15:08

            lucky you think i need to try the same but i pre – ordered the special edition…

  17. Espen Fagerbø

    September 17, 2013 at 14:02

    Looks like the light is hitting a little bit harder on the drawings on the PS3 version than the 360 version, which, for me, is kinda bad. It makes the 360 version look that little bit better in my eyes. Shame that I have it for the PS3 then..

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  18. Martin du preez

    September 17, 2013 at 14:05

    • Axis

      September 17, 2013 at 14:28

      Thanks for the link. This explains what I saw in the first pictures. “However, it’s apparent that the PS3 version has an undeniable advantage
      in one area: even to the naked eye, ground textures on 360 are blurred
      as a result of what appears to be unoptimised asset streaming.”

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  19. The Noble TiMsTeR

    September 17, 2013 at 14:19

    Today might very well be the longest day of work ever!!! I wanna go pick up my copy already!!!! only 3 hours to go!! Btw guys if you have flash drive, with xbox 360 version, install main game to Hdd then play disc to usb. 🙂

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    • Rock789

      September 17, 2013 at 15:05

      With you on that one… I have my copy in hands… But this stupid thing called work is getting in my way! Damn you conscience for not letting me stay at home today! Damn you!!

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      • The Noble TiMsTeR

        September 17, 2013 at 15:08

        All I am gonna do tonight is play! screw making dinner! that’s what take outs are for, or having a wife that can make me dinner 🙂

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        • Rock789

          September 17, 2013 at 15:20

          Me too… To hell with eating! This is more important! 🙂

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  20. PsiCoRe

    September 17, 2013 at 14:19

    The PS3 version seems to have a slightly more natural shading and better blending. Screen shot 1 and 4 seem indistinguishable but looking at the shadows on the pier, particularly below the ferris wheel and the bottom left tree of screenshot 2 seems to have better blending on the PS3 giving a smoother, more rounded looking tree. Although it could be the contrast that’s throwing me off. Bloody hard to spot a difference, if any.

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 17, 2013 at 14:26

      Interesting points there PCR

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  21. PsiCoRe

    September 17, 2013 at 14:24

    Needs more close up shots to check quality and screenshots with more people/vehicles to check shadow count and distance. Note screenshot 4: The vehicles nearer to you have shadows, but the ones further away do not.

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  22. CypherGate

    September 17, 2013 at 14:32

    they both look the same really. Good job

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  23. The Noble TiMsTeR

    September 17, 2013 at 14:33

    The 1st screen shot, ps3 has sharper texture 🙁

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  24. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    September 17, 2013 at 14:40

    No difference that makes any difference that I can see.

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    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 17, 2013 at 14:44

      But if it was to be different would the difference not make all the difference?

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        September 17, 2013 at 14:46

        The difference would be the difference between the balance of performance and quality which would make all the difference in the world

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        • M-m-m-monster John

          September 17, 2013 at 14:48

          Point well made sir.
          As different as it may be.

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 17, 2013 at 14:50

            Different strokes for different folks hey

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 17, 2013 at 15:07

            heh, you said strokes to a dude!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 17, 2013 at 15:36

            It’s only weird if you make eye contact

  25. Rock789

    September 17, 2013 at 15:01

    Looking at these just makes my eyes bleed… That’s normal, right? They also make my heart yearn for GTAV awesomeness… Damn you job-that-I-work-in-order-to-pay-for-awesome-things-like-GTAV! Damn you!! 🙂

    On a side note, I must get home for some GTAV mayhem! MuSt… GeT… hOmE!!

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    • The Noble TiMsTeR

      September 17, 2013 at 15:04

      you already have yours?

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      • Rock789

        September 17, 2013 at 15:06

        Yup… It’s on my desk right now… Staring at me… Judging me! Stupid game! 😉

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 17, 2013 at 15:08

          PICTAWR OR ITS LIES!!!

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          • Rock789

            September 17, 2013 at 15:17

            And here you go… Commence the crying, screaming and gnashing of teeth… 🙂

          • Rock789

            September 17, 2013 at 15:18

            Sorry – here you go… 🙂

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 17, 2013 at 15:19

            I dunno man, looks fake. Where is your hand and a written note…

            LAGZ RUUUUUUULE
            (7U’s)

          • Rock789

            September 17, 2013 at 15:22

            True… But if I touch it, there’s no telling what might happen… I just sorta poke it with a stick for now…

            I’ve heard rumours it absorbs your soul!

            **cue the Psycho music**

          • Rock789

            September 17, 2013 at 15:19

            Now you see what I mean? Just look at it – sitting there… Judging anyone who looks at it! Argh!

            Oh sweet mercy, I need to get home to play this game!

        • The Noble TiMsTeR

          September 17, 2013 at 15:08

          yes please send us all a picture.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 17, 2013 at 15:08

          I agree, it’s a silly game. You must ignore it to teach it a lesson.

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  26. Major FoxHoundR - what the fox

    September 17, 2013 at 15:13

    PS3 looks worse. xbox 360 is the best

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  27. Deano

    September 17, 2013 at 15:49

    Dont care can I just go home and play some now!

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  28. Mabenito

    September 17, 2013 at 16:01

    PS3 looks little polished compared to XBox. I’d say 20% better. By comparing screen shots only insinuates trolling between us. Before PCs masterRace start comparing their screen shots, let’s all play as hard as possible and be done before PC port.

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  29. skinymike

    September 17, 2013 at 16:02

    Huge difference in the first pictures. Look at the tiles on the roof (think they’re tiles) advantage: ps 3. A lot more blurred on the xbox textures

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  30. Rags

    September 17, 2013 at 16:04

    30fps games eish.

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  31. Joey1013

    September 17, 2013 at 16:12

    LOL Xbox fanboy making thread. If your honest, PS3 version looks better color wise and richer.

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    • Major FoxHoundR - what the fox

      September 17, 2013 at 17:30

      no xbox looks better

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  32. DrKiller

    September 17, 2013 at 16:20

    Difference is as clear as daylight… Xbox has more red/maroon cars!

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  33. Joseph

    September 17, 2013 at 23:04

    Xbox seems to have more detail….the ps3 seems to have deeper, nicer looking colours.

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  34. Patrick Bateman

    September 18, 2013 at 04:45

    cant wait for the PC version!!!!!!!

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  35. matthurstrsa

    September 18, 2013 at 07:23

    IT DOESN’T BLOODY WELL MATTER!

    On a side note, I rode that rollercoaster yesterday. And then went swimming, dove down beneath the calm blue waters, went too deep and died. What a great game so far.

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    • The Noble TiMsTeR

      September 18, 2013 at 07:47

      Gtav is one hell of a game, I messed around quite abit pushed some hobos around, then cops came onto me, rode threw the hobos stuff used fence as a ramp. Loved the bike mission was AWESOME! Then spent remaining time last night having fun with the tow truck. Nothing quite beats stopping at a traffic light and hooking up a sports car then going fast around corners and letting it go! hehe

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      • matthurstrsa

        September 18, 2013 at 07:50

        That’s awesome. I obviously have a lot still to explore and discover. But the sight I saw when I took off in that blimp and saw the whole city under fog at sunset was incredible.

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        • The Noble TiMsTeR

          September 18, 2013 at 07:53

          I haven’t even been in a plane yet! lol nor have i seen an animal except a rat and bird.

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          • matthurstrsa

            September 18, 2013 at 08:39

            If you preordered, you should get a code for the blimp. Get in one and see how awesome the city looks from above.

            I went swimming and saw fishes.

  36. pradeepa

    September 18, 2013 at 09:41

    “Grand Theft Auto 5” is now out, and you can finally get your hands on a game that you’ve been waiting years for.
    I’m loving McDonalds for fast food… MyDeals247 for the best deals;))

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  37. Nick de Bruyne

    September 18, 2013 at 14:10

    These are identical enough that it could be a troll where someone just posted the same pics for both

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  38. eleventh

    September 18, 2013 at 22:58

    Check out picture 1, bottom left, to roof.
    Xbox has much better texture resolution there it appears to me.

    Reply

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