When is a screenshot not a screenshot? When it is a PC render. Like any gamer worth his salt I’ve been pouring over any and all the information that I can get hold of about Grand Theft Auto V.

Which, if you’ve been living under a rock, comes out next week.

Over the past few months GTA uber-publisher, Rockstar Games has been slowly trickling out trailers and screenshots for their upcoming opus. Whilst taking a look through the latest batch of images, which you can find on the Rockstar website here (http://www.rockstargames.com/V/screenshots/screenshot/878), I noticed something odd.

The purported screenshot showing a row of timber beachfront properties has a tiny, almost un-noticeable feature that suggests that it is not screenshot at all. To the left of the image, which I’ve reproduced below, you can see a little Blue, green and red mark.

These marks are used in 3D programs to represent the X,Y and Z axis. The mark’s presence in the screenshot is interesting because, unless Rockstar developed the game on a console (which is unlikely), the image is most probably a work-in-progress PC render and not from the in-game engine running on a PS3 or Xbox 360.

Screenshot or Not?

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How many of the other GTAV “screenshots” and videos are actually from the game running on a console?

Rockstar Games were asked to comment on the above, but as yet have not responded.

 

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Darren Price - Snr. Editor | Contributor

Darren Price - Snr. Editor | Contributor

Senior Editor / Feature Writer & Reviewer - AUS at Shane the Gamer
Darren has been playing video games for over thirty years and writing about them for the last four. He has written for New Zealand’s Game Console, both the short-lived print magazine and in the pages of NetGuide. These days he writes for anyone that asks nicely, as well as his own blog www.vicbstard.com. Whilst now Sydney-based, Darren keeps an ear to the ground and reports back to NZ on what is happening, game-wise on his side of the Tasman.
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