While Rockstar Games was hyping the release of Grand Theft Auto V on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, players noticed a graphical downgrade for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of GTA V. The developer responded Thursday.
The debate over the graphical downgrade got kicked off when YouTube user ElAnalistaDeBits posted the video below comparing the 1.00 launch version of GTA V for the PS4 and Xbox One with the recent 1.08 patch. This soon spread to subreddits for both consoles.
What ElAnalistaDeBits discovered is that various graphical tricks like parallax occlusion and anisotropic filtering were turned off. The result is that textures in GTA V appeared to be less detailed and more blurry than before. Additionally, objects popped into view more often and vehicle damage was seriously degraded.
Whether these downgrades were due to a glitch or intentional is unknown. However, Rockstar Games responded in a post on its support page that it was aware of the issues and that they were investigating a fix.
“Question: After updating to Title Update 1.08 on PS4 and Xbox One, there appears to be a deterioration of graphical quality. Is Rockstar investigating this issue?
Answer: We are aware of some graphical issues on the Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTAV after the most recent Title Update, and we are investigating a fix now. If you would like to receive an automatic email notification as soon as there is more information, please log into the Support Site and click Subscribe at the top of this page.”
The first of those fixes arrived today with the 1.09 update for the PS4 and Xbox One. Included in the patch notes is a fix for vehicle damage.
“Fixed an issue where vehicle frames were not visually displaying damage correctly when heavily damaged”
While the 1.09 update does fix a number of other issues with the game and makes updates to the Heist planning board, lobby, and matchmaking, there does not appear to be any additional graphical fixes for GTA V at this time.
The good news is that these are minor graphical issues with GTA V and do not affect gameplay in any way, and no items or money were lost. It took some eagle-eyed graphic hounds to needle these problems out, and it’s turned more into a console versus PC debate with those lovely new 4K images released.
Have you noticed the graphics downgrade while playing GTA V since the 1.08 patch? Sound off in the comments below.
[Images via Rockstar Games]