Is GTA 5 for next gen consoles going to be a PS4 exclusive?

Question To Ponder: Why is the Xbox One not mentioned in the leaked GTA 5 source code config file?

Obviously there is one big assumption I’m making. Dare I say that Rockstar will be releasing more versions of GTA V? Dare to argue that? I’ve spent some time pondering previous leaks and rumors regarding Grand Theft Auto 5 and what might be next. There has been more than enough smoke coming from GTA V PC rumors to suggest it’s coming. As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s really the next generation consoles that have the big question mark. Will Rockstar or won’t Rockstar release it for the new consoles?

You might recall a couple weeks ago there was some source code leaked from the GTA 5 config file. If you think that leaked code was fake, then I’m curious why the Take-Two legal team asked this site to remove the content. See the article in question here. Was that because the game was pre release or was there another reason for that stiff action? Regardless, either you believe that leaked information is fake or it is real. If you believe it’s fake, then read no further. Consider what the author at says about the source code file:

Could someone have wasted their time to type out nearly 2,000 lines of code and paste it online and say it’s from the Xbox 360 version? Yes, very much so. However, I’m here to tell you from personal experience, it’s easier to have copied the contents of the file from the leaked torrent and uploaded it online than to re-type it. – William Usher,

From the code, people were able to surmise that a PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4 version of Grand Theft Auto 5 were referenced. So looking at that source code, people have noted that it references Orbis which is the code name for the PS4’s operating system when working with the dev kit.

Here is the ultimate question. Why is there is no reference to Xbox One? I think the people who dug up the code and looked at it are pretty smart people who know what they are looking at. If they don’t find a Xbox One reference, then I put some weight in that. At the time, nobody questioned it. Nobody even thought curious about it. Was it buried and people weren’t able to identify it within that source code? Or, is it as I’m suggesting that GTA V for the next generation consoles could be a PlayStation 4 exclusive? Perhaps you think that’s far fetched or simply absurd.

Consider the existing relationship between Rockstar and Sony. Consider though that Rockstar and Sony have exclusives for the marketing of Grand Theft Auto 5. All the advertising banners mentioned and showed PS3, not Xbox 360. Sure that’s part of the deal between both Rockstar and Sony, but it still shows a preference. It’s called a licensing agreement or something of the like. The PlayStation 3 has the bundles for GTA V, Xbox 360 doesn’t. PS3 has the GTA V headset, the Xbox 360 does not. There is definitely a relationship there already and there has been on other GTA releases also.

The question of course is whether Rockstar would limit the next  generation release to only one console. Financially it doesn’t seem logical. Money generally plays the biggest role in these decisions. Given that Grand Theft Auto has never been an “exclusive”, why would they suddenly do that now?

One other thought regarding GTA V as a PS4 exclusive is this. It is revenue certainty for Rockstar. Considering the release date of the game and then the release date of the next generation consoles, there is some unknowns. As in, Rockstar and nobody else can really say who is going to buy for the old generation consoles and participate in an upgrade program. There could be something to this idea of taking the sure money vs. running the risk of depending on gamers buying both versions of the game. If Rockstar has to offer the next generation GTA 5 for a $10 upgrade, an exclusive deal might start looking more palatable. It’s because of the timing that an exclusive might make financial sense for Rockstar to do.

Consider also Sony’s aggressive campaign to win the next generation console wars. To have exclusive next generation rights to a title like Grand Theft Auto 5 would be a real feather in the cap for Sony don’t you think? A single video can in fact sway people to buy one console over another. Think GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 for starters. People bought the console just to play that game.

What are your thoughts? Am I putting too much emphasis on the leaked source code which oddly has no mention of Xbox One? Do you feel that the lack of mention of Xbox One in this code leak is irrelevant to whether it’s a possible PS4 exclusive? But answer me this. If the Xbox One isn’t listed in the code, why is it not there? Ultimately it comes down to whether you think that the lack of Xbox One mention is a result of an error from the people viewing the code or is it something along the line of what I’m suggesting, a PS4 exclusive.



16 Responses to Is GTA 5 for next gen consoles going to be a PS4 exclusive?

  1. DarthDiggler September 30, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    This article is STUPID. There is no chance in hell GTA 5 won’t come to XBONE. The fact is GTA has never been a Sony exclusive.

    • Admin September 30, 2013 at 4:26 am #

      Thanks for the comment and reading. What’s your theory then as to why there is no mention of Xbox One in the config file? If you can convince me otherwise, I’m game.

    • Josh September 30, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      Yes, GTA was a PS exclusive I’m pretty sure until AFTER san andreas was released, then they made the Xbox collection

    • Hunter October 16, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

      You Idiot Gta First Came out on Play Station Idiot

    • TheSeaman January 2, 2014 at 12:52 am #

      GTA SA was a timed exclusive to Sony…
      and RockstarGames was already working on Agent exclusive for Sony, what if they trew that project in the trashcan and said Nah it won’t work, but we can give you guys an amazing exclusive next-gen version from GTA V.

  2. CJ September 30, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Yes, actually GTA was an exclusive for sony up to gta san andreas.. gta 3 and vice city never released on xbox (due to it being a sony exclusive) and san andreas released on xbox a year after the ps2 version (due to microsoft throwing cash at rockstar to make it for xbox too). So remember that sony systems are the home/main system for gta. Just thought I would correct that.

  3. CJ September 30, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Yes, actually GTA was an exclusive for sony up to gta san andreas.. gta 3 and vice city never released on xbox (due to it being a sony exclusive) and san andreas released on xbox a year after the ps2 version (due to microsoft throwing cash at rockstar to make it for xbox too). So remember that sony systems are the home/main system for gta. Just thought I would correct that comment of yours and the statement in the article

    • Admin September 30, 2013 at 6:40 am #

      Thanks for mentioning that fact!

  4. Barney September 30, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I’m not an expert on reading the source code or anything, but Xbone might not be mentioned because it has a Windows os on it (Xbone has three os’s if I’m correct).

    Besides that, if GTA 5 is an exclusive for PS4, it would be another big win for Sony for the next generation. I think even more people will be tempted to go from Xbox to Playstation.

  5. orbilator September 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    First poster seems like an xbone buyer and he just doesnt want to believe the facts.
    Can I just say I dont see it either to be honest. Maybe a six month exclusivity deal, similar to a few games that came out on xb360.

    Still would be a real kick in the teeth to xbone users.

    Hey I just upgraded my ps4 pre order to the killzone, extra controller and camera bundle for day one oooooooh

  6. Rahul September 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    The reason why they didnt include xbone reference is maybe because as the architecture of ps4 and xbone is same, they must have generalised both of the references as one and denoted as PS4. Or maybe some other reasons. Rockstar did put a lot of effort in developing GTA 5 and its evident from the amazing game itself and they must get what its worth after all they did to develop it and the current-gen consoles are the only ones they can currently concentrate on to generate them profit as they are already running the game and people are enjoying it despite smaller criticisms towards some minor glitches. Its not like they dont wish to release the game on PC and nexgen consoles, they do know that PC gamers and nexgen console users WILL form the remaining part of GTA gamers worldwide. Still porting it to these platforms and the effort behind it is entirely the choice of the developer and as there is no official news regarding the ports, none can actually tell anything until its out. I believe GTA V will come out on all platforms, its just an amazing game without doubt and I will surely buy it if/when it comes out for PS4/XBone. Cheers.

  7. Ian September 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Maybe a timed a exclusive at the most, there is no way Rockstar is going to Develop for Xbox 360 and then not develop for Xbox One and leave the money of the table for all the users that still wont switch from Xbox 360 to Ps4. And honestly give that Xbox One has a lot of Windows OS in it, i wouldnt be surprised if the PC version of GTAV simple needs heavier tweaking to work on the Xbox One, hence no Xbox One reference. Just my thoughts,

  8. starscream420 October 1, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    I think that sony and Rockstar do have a strong relation ship…I also think as a company it would be unwise in the long run for Rocckstar to alienate their profits they could ,ake on the one

  9. Josh October 3, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Knowing that rockstar and sony always had a good relashionship and if they favor sony on gta 5 for the ps4 even if it is time exclusive it will be a big blow for the xbone. Unless Microsoft wants to dig inside there pockets and bring it to xbone one like they have done before with previous title like final fantasy and kingdom of hearts. Sony has a good lead on Microsoft on pre order and if gta 5 does come to the ps4 I think that ps4 will have a huge advantage over xbone for 2014 and on

  10. Texas Tech student October 4, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    I think that it is plausible that PS4 could get GTA 5 as an exclusive or timed exclusive…just look at the history of the relationship between Sony and Rockstar, the config code and present advertisements. It is somewhat about money and one could argue that it makes more financial sense to milk money out of a release for PS4 and then get more money from a release on the Xbone a lot of months down the road. Keep in mind that the same thing is happening for Titanfall, people are shocked that it is not coming to PS4 but after they have milked it on Xbone they can release it on PS4 and make even more money.

  11. Josh October 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Most of the top ten comments are mistaken on past exclusivity. 3 and VC WERE exclusives when they released, but were later brought to the Xbox in superior versions in a combo pack (much to my pleasure, since I only owned an Xbox at the time and had heard ps2 owners discuss GTA endlessly).

    That was between the releases of VC and SA. SA was the first to launch on both Sony and MS consoles simultaneously.

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