Rockstar maintains position, has no plans to bring Grand Theft Auto 5 to PlayStation 4

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Sep 18, 2013 02:50 PM EDT
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Like many other developers out there, Rockstar is interested in the capabilities of the next console generation, but as far as the latest Grand Theft Auto goes, the company is maintaining that it has no plans to port the game over to Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4.

When asked as much by The Guardian, Rockstar chief Dan Houser said, "Of course we're interested. But no, not in terms of GTA, because we're always working on the current game. We look at the tech at a more practical level: what will be ready for which game that we're working on further down the line. We don't have another GTA in development, we don't work on three of these games at a time. That would be phenomenally depressing.

"So, in terms of GTA, no. We get pitched by the hardware manufacturers on what they're planning to do and our tech guys come up with ideas on how that could be used. Does this influence design decisions. Of course. But we're not sat there fantasising about 10 years down the line. We're so busy with what we're doing right now."

This is the same thing that Houser and other Rockstar execs like president Leslie Benzies have been saying for some time now. Benzies last word on a next-gen version was, "We'll get the current gen version out first and see what happens in the future." 

Whether they were aware of it or not, The Guardian didn't ask Houser about the supposed XML config file found in the Xbox 360 version of GTA V. After sorting through the game's various lines of code, specifications were found for not only the current console generation, but for systems that the company has been hush-hush about, one of which was "Orbis." For those of you who may not remember, this was the namesake of early PS4 development kits, meaning that it looks like Rockstar had plans in the works to release a next-gen GTA V for some time now. 

The file also cites a PC version. However, Rockstar hasn't denied the authenticity of this XML file. Granted, it's not likely that someone would fabricate a couple thousand lines of codes all in the name of a prank, but it's not impossible either. Houser's last word on a PC version, one that's been echoed since he first said it in October, was "...we're currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and don't have any details to share about a PC version at this time." 

Historically, Rockstar has ultimately provided PC versions of the past few GTA titles, but traditionally not until a few months after the game releases on consoles.

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