With the PS4 release of Rockstar’s crime opus upon us, we run through a bunch of additions, features and improvements that are calling us back onto the mean streets of Los Sontos and Blaine County
IT LOOKS BETTER
LET'S JUST GET the obvious stuff out of the way first, yeah? While we don’t know exact details on frame rate and resolution improvement (only that they will be improved), we’re hoping for 1080p and a locked 30fps 1080p/60fps seems like a hell of a stretch for an game as vast as this.The more powerful hardware also allows for a far busier city, with more traffic and pedestrians around as well as more impressive weather and dynamic damage modeling. It’s no Uncharted 4 visually, sure, but it looks a hell of a lot better than most ‘definitive’ re-releases.

THE WORLD IS FULL OF LIFE
WHILE THERE WERE a few animals dotted around the world on PS3, the PS4 version seems to be absolutely infested with all kinds of critters. Cats and dogs roam residential areas ( better keep a close eye on Chop…) while forests are teeming with deer and likely a few more dangerous beasts akin to Red Dead Redemption’s predators. Underwater exploration will be even more interesting (and dangerous) thanks to a few of the new inclusions, too.

YOU CAN KEEP YOUR GTA ONLINE CHARACTER
THAT’S RIGHT, ALL that time you spent trolling your way to level whatever wasn't wasted you'll be able to transfer save data from GTA Online on PS3 or Xbox 360 across to the new version and pick up where you left off. If seems as though solo save data can’t be copied across in the same way, sadly, but going through the excellent story in all its shiny new glory and drinking in every last detail is actually a pretty big part of GTA V on PS4’s appeal.

MULTIPLAYER IS EVEN BIGGER
AS WELL AS being available from day one (no more waiting around like we had to do last year),GTA Online supports nearly twice as many players as its last-gen counterpart, with the cap now set at 30. Older activities clearly won’t support that max player count as to do so would just be inviting chaos, but Free Roam sure will and presumably, new user-made missions will be able to as well. 30-person bike race down Mount Chilliad, you say? Yeah, we’re down with that.

THERE’S STILL MORE TO COME
YOUR GTA ADVENTURE doesn't end with the on disc content, not by a long shot. Online heists still haven’t found their way into the PS3 version and it’s likely that the PS4 upgrade was part of the reason for this, but we’re hoping to see them soon and they’ll be best on PS4. There’s also chatter about DLC, likely taking the form of long form expansions akin to excellent GTA IV duo The Lost And The Damned and The Ballad Of Gay Tony, or even something a little more far fetched like Red Dead's Undead Nightmare. Yes please!

YOU CAN START THE GAME RICH
THE EARLY STAGES of both the main game and the online component were something of a grind as cash wasn't particularly easy to come by. Those who pre-order the game, however, will have the luxury of going into the PS4 version as virtual millionaires Rockstar is offering $500k of in-game cash for both Michael and your created GTAO character to make getting started that much more fun. As incentives go, we’d say that’s not a bad one at all pre-order through the PlayStation Store and you get even more cash, too.

LEGACY VEHICLES RETURN
LONG SERVING GTA fans will be delighted to hear that a selection of the best and most memorable vehicles from older games will make triumphant returns in GTA V on PS4. Things like the Dodo and the Dukes are already confirmed, but this only paves the way for even more favourites the suspension modded lowriders from San Andreas, for example, or even the jet pack. Hey, we can dream…

RADIO STATIONS ARE MORE DIVERSE
RUMOURS BROKE THAT the game would have new radio content earlier this year when a voice actor let it slip, but now it’s confirmed the brilliant as ever radio stations will boast over 100 new songs and a bunch of new mixes, segues and ridiculous discussion. We’d love to tell you what some of the new tunes are but truth be told, we don’t know and we honestly don’t want to yet there’s nothing better than that feeling when a classic tune takes you by surprise mid drive, just like when real life radio serves up a quality blast from the past.

DISTRACTIONS? YEAH, THERE ARE LOADS…
AS IF THERE wasn't already way too much to do, expect to find even more in the way of activities and things to drag you away from whatever way more pressing job you should be getting on with. There are more versions of some of the existing side missions (such as the shooting range challenges) as well as all new distractions that tap into improvements elsewhere it seems like there’ll be more to the hunting this time out, while pacifists can shoot animals with cameras rather than guns in a
new nature photography activity.

YOU NEVER DID EVERYTHING ON PS3 ANYWAY
UNLESS YOU'RE ONE of the super hardcore Trophy hunters who managed to get the GTA V Platinum (welcome to the 0.1% Club, people), you probably missed a hell of a lot collectables alone can devour hours when there are as many as this, plus ranking up all the way to 100 in GTA Online is basically a full time job. So why bother doing all that on PS3 when you can just enjoy it all over again on PS4? Odds are there was more that you hadn't done than you had, so it seems like the smart
play to us.