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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 (, 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

Darren Price

Senior Editor | Feature Writer & Contributor - NZ & AUS at STG
Darren has been playing video games for over thirty-five years and writing about them for the last nine. 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

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