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Map of San Andreas for #FanArtFriday#GTA5 #GTAOnline #3dprinting pic.twitter.com/FdUfoquyvFAugust 6, 2021
Speaking with GamesRadar over Twitter, Riccobene explained that he started this project last April or May, and that at first he was actually planning to print the Red Dead Redemption 2 map.
"So I actually modeled that first," he explains. "But I decided to wait because the topography in RDR2 is phenomenal when you see it all at once. It actually looks like real world elevation data. So I wanted to work out the workflow kinks with GTA 5 first so I can do RDR2 the justice it deserves."
The result of all this scanning was about 500 million individual data points. To make this raw data more practical, Riccobene applied it as GPS coordinates on Earth to create workable latitude, longitude, and elevation parameters. "This was the only way I could create an exact representation of the game world," he explains.
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From there, it was a not-so-simple matter of arranging the refined data as something that could be 3D printed. Printing the tiles that make up the map took between "1.5 and 12 hours each depending on the height and how many color changes there were," with details like buildings and water requiring special attention. The final print took about 125 hours total, with around 300 hours of research, data collection, and good old-fashioned trial-and-error leading up to it.
Riccobene's interest in mapping video game worlds was partly spurred by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has hampered his normal work designing "concrete paving systems and manufacturing methods," some of which you may have seen featured at hardware stores.
"I was introduced to mapping and GIS software in architecture school," he says. "My data sculpture work is sort of a hobby that took off into something more on IG. I’m always trying to find impossible things to attempt so I can hone my skill set and learn. I had to draw on *everything* I know for this map which is always the best kind of project for me."
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But why wait? For such an old game, there are actually a fair amount of mods available to download. Many of these mods seek to remaster the game on modern hardware, making it feel like a more contemporary experience. Although mods aren't perfect, this collection of add-ons should help tide fans over until an official remaster is actually announced.
Fans looking to update Grand Theft Auto III should seriously consider using Mod Loader. It offers a much simpler way of installing and uninstalling a large number of mods for the game. Nevertheless, it's still highly recommended to read the instructions for each mod to ensure everything runs properly. Games this old, after all, can sometimes be finicky.
The Widescreen Fix mod reworks the aspect ratio to make the game fit comfortably on an HD screen. The HUD and field-of-view are scaled properly as well, so nothing appears stretched. Installing this mod is a good first step toward making the game look better.
The Silent Patch fixes plenty of problems. Most importantly, the patch helps eliminate irritations such as mouse sensitivity and pathfinding. In terms of graphics, the Silent Patch allows the game to run smoothly on a higher FPS and contains a more precise frame limiter. Any remastering effort would be remiss if bug fixing isn't taken into consideration.
GTA III Refresh is an interesting mod in that it strikes a balance between a remaster and a remake. On the one hand, it updates certain aspects of the game, such as the textures. On the other, it adds brand new material in the form of buildings, vehicles, sounds, and an updated wanted system.
In any case, one of the better graphics packs for this game is GTA 3 Natural HD Textures. This mod gives the environment a sharp, clean look while making everything generally easier on the eyes.
Several of the mod's features include upgrades to the character models, pedestrians, and various map tweaks. There are also twenty new car additions. Be sure to read the instructions to this mod carefully, as it requires the installation of other modifications.
In addition to enhanced graphics, Grand Theft Auto 3 Overhaul incorporates new buildings and areas to explore. Interestingly, it also gives Claude the ability to swim, which means entering a few feet of water no longer equals instant death. Although it lacks a little polish, it's not a bad mod to try.
One of the most frustrating aspects of the game is Claude's inability to move as he fires certain weapons, like the shotgun. For players used to maneuvering while shooting their guns, this limitation is grossly felt. Fortunately, MoveShoot fixes that problem by allowing the protagonist to move while firing.
As its name suggests, the Autosave & Stuff mod eliminates this annoyance. Quite simply, it adds an autosave function with the click of a keyboard button. Now, when players are attempting the tough part of a particular mission, they may do so without any fear.
Although it possesses some kinks, the Vehicle Cam mod makes an effort to give the player more control over the camera. It's undoubtedly useful to be able to swivel the camera in the midst of high-pressure situations.
Modders, unsurprisingly, took matters into their own hands. The III Aircraft mod is straightforward in its approach. It gives the player the opportunity to fly aircraft just like any other vehicle. The mod adds aircraft from other Grand Theft Auto titles, such as the Maverick, Skimmer, and Biplane.
Re3 is very impressive in its scope. Some of its features include bug fixes, a rotatable camera, controller support, and the elimination of loading screens when traveling between islands. Graphical improvements aren't neglected either and contain several options for enhanced visual fidelity.
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Investing over 400 hours of labor into this project, this task was spurred on by the extra free time brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Revealed to Kotaku, Riccobene’s main profession was hindered do the Coronavirus, and as a result, he needed something challenging to occupy his time, which he then landed on the idea of either making a 3D map of GTA V or Red Dead Redemption II.
Using a custom script that scans terrain and buildings, Riccobene comments on the technique with, “It runs in-game and collects ground elevations in a 500-1000 meter radius around the player when you press a hotkey adding up to 1,000,000+ data points per scan.” As the game loads different portions of the map, over 100 hours were required to map out various spawn points.
With 500 million different points on the map scanned, the next step required sections of the map to be 3D printed where printing time varied from a few hours to 12 hours depending on the complexity of the terrain. Having over 200 hours already invested in his next project, Riccobene revealed that a Red Dead Redemption II
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10 August, 2021 - 12:20pm
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Grand Theft Auto 5's next-gen update: Expanded And Enhanced Edition, will run at 4K60 FPS on the PlayStation 5.
That's according to details revealed by Sony on PlayStation Germany's official blog.
Despite years of using Duolingo, my German isn't so great, so here's the rather hilarious direct translation from Google Translate: "You have never seen the criminal metropolis Los Santos so beautiful when the skyline shines thanks to a bold graphic update in crisp 4K resolution and you make the city extremely smooth and unsafe thanks to a smooth 60 FPS."
I don't think it's much of a stretch to suggest the Xbox Series X version will likely also run at 4K60 FPS.
Grand Theft Auto 5 Expanded And Enhanced Edition will release on PlayStation 5 on 11th November. A standalone version of GTA Online will be available for free exclusively to PS5 players during the first three months, ending in February 2022.
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A post on the German PlayStation Blog specifically mentions 4K and 60fps, though developer Rockstar has yet to officially announce the technical capabilities of the new edition.
We have followed up with Rockstar in an attempt to get more details.
While we have to wait to know more about the resolution and frame rate for GTA V on PS5 (and Xbox Series X|S), Rockstar parent company Take-Two recently confirmed that "select vehicles" in GTA Online will be capable of reaching faster top speeds on the latest consoles thanks to their increased horsepower.
GTA V and GTA Online are scheduled for release on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S on November 11. The game originally debuted on PS3/Xbox 360 back in 2013 before it was later published on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Across all platforms, the game has sold 150 million copies, while its GTA Online multiplayer mode continues to be a big success in terms of players and revenue.
GTA Online will have a standalone release on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, and it'll be free on Sony's console for three months as part of Rockstar's exclusivity deal with Sony.
The new versions of GTA V and GTA Online for next-gen have "new features and more," but Rockstar has yet to fully detail how the games take advantage of the hardware. Previously, Rockstar spoke at a high level about what the new editions of GTA V will deliver thanks to the horsepower of the new machines.
"The new generation versions of GTAV will feature a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the latest hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever," Rockstar said.
Fans will surely be hoping that load times for GTA V on PS5/Xbox Series X|S are improved as well, since this has been a major complaint among the community.
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GTA 6 is yet to be announced, let alone get a release date. However, fans are still raising various questions regarding this highly-anticipated title, one of which is related to cross-play.
Cross-play functionality has become a common phenomenon in modern video games. Yet Rockstar Games hasn't implemented this feature in any of its titles. It is surprising considering that most popular video games already have this feature.
Minecraft, Rocket League, and War Thunder have all made cross-platform play available for their respective games.
A game that supports cross-play functionality can be played across different platforms. For example, somebody who owns Minecraft on PC can play it with their friend who owns it on Xbox One.
Sometimes, cross-play also allows for another beneficial feature called cross-saving. This enables gamers to seamlessly transfer their saves from one platform to another. Such a feature is quite handy for when they are migrating to a different platform.
Unfortunately, Rockstar doesn't support cross-play on GTA Online or Red Dead Online. The former has been out for almost a decade and is getting a new port, but cross-platform play is unlikely to ever arrive for it.
Although there hasn't been any direct confirmation, GTA 6 might have cross-play enabled. Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick has hinted that future Rockstar titles will implement this feature, making it likely for the next Grand Theft Auto offering to include the feature.
Much of the decision for allowing cross-play between PC, PS5, and the Xbox Series X/S also lies with Sony and Microsoft. However, Rockstar's decision is still the most important factor for implementing it.
GTA Online had major version differences between the older generation consoles and PC variants. If GTA 6 enables a new multiplayer mode, it might also have similar differences across consoles.
In that case, cross-play would be quite difficult to implement. On top of that, many console players don't want to cross-play with PC players, as the latter is more vulnerable to hacking. However, all of this would not be possible if GTA 6 does not introduce an online mode.
GTA Online is set to become a standalone game with the release of the Enhanced and Expanded Edition. Thus, it is unclear if GTA 6 will get its own multiplayer variant or not.