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GTA 5 – Foliage or Lighting?


Gamers across the globe have consistently argued the pros and cons of both the Xbox One and PS4; with many divided regarding factors such as graphical ability and raw power. ┬áThe Remastered version of GTA 5 has once again sparked this argument, following the realisation that despite both running in native 1080p at 60FPS, the two variants of the game are not identical – they have been found to look noticeably better in different areas of the game.


The next-gen release of GTA 5 is graphically different on both the Xbox One and PS4

The PS4 has the upper hand when it comes to foliage. When roaming in natural environments, players may notice the significantly higher detail on plants, bushes, trees, and other natural elements players may come across in game-play. This is very beneficial, providing you spend time in these natural areas regularly. If not, it may not make any difference to you, and you may prefer the other platform’s variant.

PS4 foliage is said to be significantly more detailed compared to that of the Xbox One

On the other, rival console, lighting and colours are noticeably better. When travelling across any environment; whether this be urban or natural, the atmosphere is enhanced with a more accurate representation of colour. Plants look richer, and more vibrant. Cities are more defined – the colours pop with each and every building. Furthermore, there is a brighter, more realistic tone to the lighting in this version. What is crucial to consider, is how this lighting and colour difference is present across the map in all areas, and not just in natural ones. Therefore, you could say it has more of an effect… we will leave that up to you (although I personally agree)

Overall, though, both console variants have their advantages – leaving the question of which is better down to personal opinion. At least, however, there is something that sets them apart.


What are your thoughts? Which version would you prefer, and why? Comment in the box below!

Matt Thompson
Matt Thompson
I live in the U.K, go to sixth form college, and have a passion for English, writing, and gaming. The three combined is perfect!

1 Comment

  1. Shawn Hilaire says:

    It isn’t an eithe- or it’s a MUST HAVE!!! Having both would redefine the player’s definition of love for the game? Don’t you think so?