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If you have a PC that can handle it, GTA V's latest trailer for computer showcases exactly how the game will look and run at 60 frames per second. There's a huge difference between how the game runs on the home consoles and PC.
You can check out the video below, which was recently posted up on Rockstar's official website.
There have been a lot of debates about the quality of gaming between 30 frames per second and 60 frames per second, but if you watch the trailer above it's kind of hard to deny the difference between 30fps and 60fps.
In fact, if you need a refresher course in how the console version looks in comparison to the PC version when it comes to the frame-rate, here's the original trailer for GTA V from back in 2011. Check it out below.
Things get worse yet if you compare the actual gameplay of GTA V running on the Xbox 360 or PS3. For instance, check out the gameplay video below for GTA V running on the Xbox 360 from a couple years back. If you watch the PC trailer and compare it to the video below, you can really see the huge difference between 30fps and 60fps.
One part of the debate about frame-rate usually centers around graphics quality, but that's only part of the story.
Frame-rate also affects input latency response timing and how well player actions relate to on-screen activity. It's one of the reasons why people prefer Call of Duty as much as they do because the game is buttery smooth at 60fps, ensuring that response timing is high-end and latency delay is very low. This results in a very responsive gameplay experience, which is essential for competitive multiplayer battles.
While resolution can most certainly help with long-range sniping gameplay, it's not quite as essential to the gameplay experience as frame-rate. So in this case, it's nice to see that Rockstar is taking extra care to give PC gamers some special treatment. I'm just hoping there's already some vehicle physics modifications being primed and ready for release because I really dislike the kind of stiff, arcade-physics that the cars have in GTA V.
With GTA V capable of running 60fps on PC at 4K resolution, gamers with a master rig will be able to experience Rockstar's title in a visually spectacular way when it finally launches on April 14th.