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GTA IV Version Wars II: The Graphics

Since it's difficult to compare the specs of the PS3 and Xbox 360 directly, multiplatform games like GTA IV are commonly used to gauge the relative strengths of the two systems. The Exploding Barrel has spent a week with both versions of Rockstar's amazing new sandbox title, and has noticed a handful of graphical differences that may be of interest to discerning shoppers who want to know which version to buy… or fanboys who simply crave fodder for bashing rival hardware.

The article focuses on differences between how the Xbox 360 and PS3 handle aliasing, effects, textures, load times, and saturation.

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Hagaf223483d ago

when do the comparisons end?!?!? seriously, it doesn't matter...

Breakfast3482d ago

lol...we need another one...just to be sure.

zimbo0073482d ago

However IGN,egm,gamesradar and gamespy clearly told me which version is better

testerg353482d ago

You do know that EGM magazine picked the 360 over the PS3 right? They stated that the gfx difference is hardly noticable and would take the DLC.

Close_Second3482d ago

...I like comparisons as long as they are unbiased and genuinely informative. I mean, how many of us don't want to know the types of visuals a console can push out especially when each works so differently. Its the same with graphics cards for the PC - we are all (albeit maybe in a small way) interested to know what the latest PC graphics card brings to the table.

What I don't like is how people then use this as ammunition to try shoot down those that did not buy the same system or console they have. Fact of the matter is that some games will be better on one console and not the other and which console that is and for which games will depend on many different variables.

As a final note - I for one take my hat off to Take Two and Infinity Ward for releasing sublime versions of their system selling games on both consoles. This is genuinely a great time for gamers around the world!

deeznuts3482d ago

testerg35, of course they would take the DLC. they won't have to pay for it.

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Anything but Cute3483d ago

The differences are pretty huge. The Xbox 360 has an pretty big edge in how clean and crips it looks. Everything is a bit more defined in the 360 version

That's about it for 360, the PS3's warmer blurry colors make the game seem grittier, it looks the PS3 version is also shot from up closer, it feels closer to the action somehow. The controller feels more physical on the PS3, you can put your whole hand around the controller because it's smaller and you can squeeze the triggers, the harder you squeeze the faster you go. for the 360 you just press and the triggers give right away.

It just overall feels like the 360 one is nice and neat but doesn't have any balls.

That's my honest opinion after playing both versions head to head for days.

Bzone243482d ago

Were the triggers broke on the 360 controller you used? Mine don't just give right away like you claim. The harder you press the faster you go, just like you claim for the ps3.

zimbo0073482d ago

the PS3 clearly has better colors.

Videos dont lie and so didnt IGN,EGM and GAMESRADAR

http://play.tm/wire/cluster...

IGN

http://www.rockstarwatch.ne...

the PS3 version has the edge in EVERYTHING

that includes color saturation,AA, less loading times etc

Close_Second3482d ago

does it really matter????

The gameplay is the same on both and neither version features glitches or bugs that make it unplayable.

PoSTedUP3482d ago

the trash can is further on the ps3, dosent that make a differenc? none of these comparisons are fair. the sky has more clouds on the ps3 version their for, a less bluer sky (duh). just stop with these comparisons, your not convincing anyone. im playing right now, the sky looks the same, i dont even have an hdtv and i can see the grates on the trash can.

Kleptic3482d ago

So these guys are saying the 360 has 'more' color now...goes against what pretty much every video and every review says...but whatever...

http://www.gamersyde.com/st...

its long overdue to stop questioning what the PS3 is capable of...when the 360 counters a gameplay vid like this, let me know...

Gam713482d ago (Edited 3482d ago )

Seen far cry 2 vid yet?

There you go.

Edit:

to the guy below.

It pulls ahead ten fold,

Didn't with gta did it.
No aa, reduced resolution, constant feezing, not able to get online.

edit again:

er, memo?
If you and doodoo need to send each other memos to reinforce your viewpoint then fine. I make my own conclusions and wow, name calling.
Am I back in school, ah no wait I'm on the internet and talking to ps3 fangirls.

Yep, that explains you low iq and childlike mentality

DomUltra3482d ago (Edited 3482d ago )

Well I think it's safe to say PS3 rules with an ironfist in the graphics department, there's no leeway to doubt it now, it pulls ahead of the pack ten fold. Let's just hope the gameplay is just as savory.

@ Above --- Gam71

First don't present your argument with PC gameplay.

If you think FC2 is gonna match KZ2 *ON CONSOLE SCALE* it's not gonna happen. First of all it's hampered by the Xbox 360 and the size limit, FC2 is gonna be equal across both consoles, while KZ2 is the definitive graphics whore.

Edit:

Obviously your dumbass didn't get the memo

http://www.gamersyde.com/st...

PS3 IS THEE definitive console for graphics.

Btw, the Pros all say GTA4 -- Better graphics on the PS3, and they're right, your the Joe, and sadly, you don't know much to begin with.

alexM3482d ago

Swedish gaming mag Gamereactor said that there are MAJOR DIFFERENCES between the 2 version

http://www.gamereactor.se/r...
Swedish Gamereactor mentioned in their 10/10 review that they were pretty surprised regarding the difference between the PS3 and 360-versions. The PS3-version features better colours, contrast, load times and what looks to be better resolution textures. The game also looks sharper and has a more stable fps.

IGN

http://www.n4g.com/NewsCom-...

"For those wanting to know which version looks better, the edge goes to the PS3. The textures and framerate are comparable, but the PS3 has far less pop-in. The 360 has richer colors, but the PS3 has better anti-aliasing making it look a little cleaner. Because GTA IV can preload onto the PS3 hard drive, the in-game loads are faster. Don't worry Xbox owners, the load times are rarely more than 30 seconds and don't occur very often. The slight visual edge goes to PS3, but the 360 is no slouch. Either version will do you proud".

X360 version has FR dips too . more frequent than the PS3 version
"Past GTA titles have had mild-to-serious framerate issues and technical glitches, because the games were trying to do far more than the PlayStation 2 could handle. While GTA IV is pushing the PS3 and 360 to the limit, it also runs amazingly well. Sure, there are framerate hitches here and there and (particularly on 360) there is some texture pop-in, but it actually runs better than I expected. That a game with great AI, an awesome physics engine and a detailed open world runs so well and with such short load times is a technical marvel. For that, I can forgive framerate issues and some noticeable aliasing. "

http://www.n4g.com/NewsPend...

"PS3 version looks slightly more vibrant and sharp "

GAMESRADAR

http://www.gamesradar.com/x...

"Occasional pop-up".........ONLY IN X360 version of GTA4

http://xs226.xs.to/xs226/08...

So happy that i own a PS3

GAMESRADAR also confirms that PS3 version is SUPERIOR

"While the PS3 and 360 versions of the game are functionally identical, the PS3's visuals sport noticeably smoother edges, along with a warmer color palette that makes everything look slightly more realistic. If you're looking to compare Accomplishments with your Achievement-hoarding friends, though, forget it - GTA IV ignores these half-assed consolation prizes altogether. PS3 owners also have to put up with a nearly eight-minute installation the first time they start the game, which puts the normally slower Blu-ray load times on par with the Xbox 360 version. (That is, unless it's running on a 360 with no hard drive, which we're told will face much longer loads.)"

Others here u go

x360 version of GTA4 will cause your xbox 3 FIX me to permannently RROD

apparently there is no fix for the FREEZING on the X360 version

x360 version's freezing is HW related

http://kotaku.com/385183/ro...

soi freezing in GIMPED BOX 3 FIX me version has no FIX

x360 version cant be played at FULL SCREEN also

NOT TO MENTION that GIMPED BOX 3 FIX ME version has UNBEARABLE AMOUNTS OF POP INS

POP INS in GIMPED BOX 3 FIX ME versions

http://www.sonydefenseforce...

http://www.sonydefenseforce...

http://www.sonydefenseforce...

http://www.sonydefenseforce...

http://www.gamesradar.com/p...

It is OVER for XBUTTS and 3 FIX ME

VIDEO COMPARISON between GTA4 PS3 and WASHED OUT VERSION OF GTA4 ON x360

You can easily determine the best version from a series of Comparison videos

Gamevideos

http://www.n4g.com/News-140...

As seen in the video one version sports SLIGHTLY brighter and more saturated colours . Look at the water at the end. Look at the ROADS.

You could compare this video to IGN's comparison

http://www.onlineflvplayer.... http://media.rockstarwatch....

Spoiler

look at the DIFFERENCES in COLORS of the cars/ shadows/ roads. Notice that one features yellow stripes on the roads which appear as white stripes on the other version. Notice the shadows which appear dark orange on one version. Notice the car which appears slightly more greenish on the ps3 version. The yellowish green tint is VERY MUCH NOTICEABLE in one version only. see the comparison footages from 3:00 to the end to base your judgement

Gamesradar

http://www.n4g.com/News-140...

Clearly the video demonstrates the slight improved brightness and color depth in one of the versions

VIDEO GAMER comparison

http://play.tm/wire/click/1...

IGN VIDEO COMPARISON

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Gam713482d ago (Edited 3482d ago )

How have you been you sad little spammer.

"it is better, it is, it is."

Wah wah wah.

no new account today?

I've noticed you're only picking parts of reviews that suit you and leaving the rest that don't out.

You using someones opinion like "SLIGHTLY brighter" and "Occasional pop-up" then adding your opinion ".........ONLY IN X360 version of GTA4"

And passing that of as fact.

BTW pop up is in both. Show me Proof its ONLY in 360.

Proof little girl proof.
Of course when someone shows you their opinion that is different to what you think you don't use it than do you? you dismiss it.

Whats the matter, you tiny little brain can't comprehend that people make their own conclusions regardless of the hate you spread, or that you know it's true and you need to keep spamming your lies in the vain hope someone will believe because as much as you lie you just don't believe it yourself and have buyers remorse.

And they say the pop up is only SLIGHTLY more in 360.

Then you lie outright with the freezing issues so you feel better about buying the downgraded, incomplete version buy saying it causes hardware failures.

PMSL, please tell me where.

Proof you sad little girl proof.

Why are you so upset doodoo.
That freezing causing you problems? Its ok theres a fix, turn off you internet connection. Not like theres anyone on psn to play against.

juuken3482d ago

Um...Gam? I have the PS3 version and as of now I have not seen any pop-up. It's already established that the PS3 version is better. Those warm colors were present since GTA3 and GTA2 so I'm not surprised.

Please xbaby. Give it up.

And Killzone 2 is looking rather amazing so far.

WIIIS13482d ago

It is already established that PS3 version runs at 630/ 640p and therefore less demanding on the system. Plus it requires harddisk installation. Brilliant ways of getting the most out of an inferior console, but shows the limitations of the PS3 nonetheless.

InMyOpinion3482d ago

Check the gametrailers comparison vid. When they fly the helicopter in the PS3 version buildings disappear in front of them, but not when they do it on the 360.

I guess no AA, washed out colors and 640p is better than real AA, vibrant colors and 720p.

juuken3482d ago (Edited 3482d ago )

Jenzo, I saw the comparison videos already. The 360's version is good in some areas but it's oversharpened. You don't see people oversharpened in real life, do ya? They're either fuzzy if they're far away or they're clear and soft up close. There's nothing wrong with the PS3 version. All of the GTA games for Playstation had this sort of warm feel. Your 360 version looks too cartoonish even if it's a bit clear.

Get over yourself please.

Gam713482d ago

Juuken you should stick to commenting on ps3 only if you haven't played the 360 version.
Going on a video is not in depth analysis.

Your complaining because on a next gen console it has a crisp picture? You have been playing your lower res version for too long.
If people don't look sharp at a distance in real life you need glasses. They would have to be further away from you than the equivalent in gta to get fuzzy. Get your eyes tested. Probably explains why you like the ps3 version.

I hated the fuzzy blurred look of the ps2, until it brok. Thank you $ony for no sodding help.

juuken3482d ago

"Juuken you should stick to commenting on ps3 only if you haven't played the 360 version.
Going on a video is not in depth analysis."

And you should stick with the 360 version if you haven't played the PS3 version. You, up to this time hasn't shown any PROOF whatsoever of the 360's version being better than the PS3 version. I don't need a depth analysis to prove which one is better. First of all, I'm playing it now with Devil may Cry 4, and second of all I have yet to see pop-up. The PS3 version has little to no pop-up.

"Your complaining because on a next gen console it has a crisp picture? You have been playing your lower res version for too long."

Oh dear, now we're into this low-res argument? I said that too much oversharpening can ruin the graphics of a game. Same thing with pictures. Same thing with anything else that's visual. The PS3 version isn't as *blurry* or soft as you think it is. I love how xbabies underestimate the PS3's capabilities ONCE again. But who am I kidding? They've been doing this for two years now.

"I hated the fuzzy blurred look of the ps2, until it brok. Thank you $ony for no sodding help."

Then you must have done something to your PS2 because my uncle has a PS2 and it STILL works. I have the original Playstation One and it still works.

Oh, and that dollar sign goes to MS.

As in M$.

Continue playing your 360. MS, or should I say M$ is playing all of you for a fool. They may have good software now, but eventually that will change in due time.

Gam713480d ago

Wow. How many times do you contradict yourself in that post.

I'm calling you a hypocrite on this one.

ok first,
"And you should stick with the 360 version if you haven't played the PS3 version. You, up to this time hasn't shown any PROOF whatsoever of the 360's version being better than the PS3 version. I don't need a depth analysis to prove which one is better."

So your having a go at me for not playing the ps3 version but are making assumtions on the 360 version you havent played. You keep asking for proof but the only proof you provide is a video of a completely different game that isn't even released yet.
Your point is I haven't played the ps3 game so thats how I don't know its better than the 360 version but the you say you don't need in-depth analysis to know which is better.
Basically your saying you wont play the 360 version or even do a little research yourself to find out if your correct about the ps3 being better. Pot and kettle my friend.
You accuse me of not doing what you havent.

Second,
"Oh dear, now we're into this low-res argument? I said that too much oversharpening can ruin the graphics of a game. Same thing with pictures. Same thing with anything else that's visual."

So a definite fact your dismissing because you don't like it. yet it was a very important argument when talking about a 360 game. Also a lot of ps3 fans were saying and shouting to the hills that the 360 version was lower res. It mattered then.
Who said the 360 is oversharpened. You haven't seen the 360 version. You said yourself, your twisting a positive fact about the 360 to make it seem bad with no proof the picture is "oversharpened" to back it up.

"The PS3 version isn't as *blurry* or soft as you think it is."

The 360 version isn't as "oversharpened as you think it is."

I love how xbabies underestimate the PS3's capabilities ONCE again. But who am I kidding? They've been doing this for two years now.

I love how the ps3 fangirls underestimate the 360's capabilities ONCE again, and OVERestimate the ps3 capabilities ONCE again.
Not your fault, BALony have been feeding you over exaggerated claims since before the machine was released. It was supposed to be blow the competition out of the water and the 360 unable to keep up yet the very latest big release has had to downgrade on the ps3 to keep up.
You underestimate the 360 and believe what you were promised about the ps3 from before it was released despite the way things have turned out contradicting you, You've been doing that for two years now.

"Then you must have done something to your PS2 because my uncle has a PS2 and it STILL works. I have the original Playstation One and it still works."

My xbox still works so much for the rrod. Once again ignoring a problem when it happens on a BALony platform but over exaggerating it on a M$ platform. The ps2 had a very high fault rate. That is fact. Look it up but what did BALony do about it nothing. Unlike M$. If your uncles still works, good. But he has been lucky. Unlike a lot of people I know.

"Oh, and that dollar sign goes to MS."

Thats fine. I'd agree with that but it is also quite apt for $ony as well. Tell you what. From now on I'll us a pound sign (as the dollar isn't a real currency anymore) so its £ony.

You might have noticed the BALony.
That comes from the year of lies which you are still obviously believing
http://uk.gamespot.com/page...

"Continue playing your 360. MS, or should I say M$ is playing all of you for a fool."
Will agree partly but who would have thought that after the last gen it would be £ony playing their loyal fans for a fool. I refer you to above.

" They may have good software now, but eventually that will change in due time."
We do have good software. Ah a £ony fan once again predicting the future. Just like you did so well with the ps3's capabilities and how this gen would turn out so far.

I haven't underestimated the ps3's capabilities but I haven't believed what I was told by £ony as gospel while refusing to update your views, like you have to update your games to get them to play properly.

I look forward to disecting another of your fact less replies.

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PoSTedUP3482d ago

yea im actually further away then they are and i can see both sides of the greated trash can with out an hdtv. im not lieing see for your self that its bull sh*t. i haven played it on 360 so ill have to see for my self then, then ill decide b/c my eyes dont lie.

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