Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Remastered GTA: San Andreas is actually a mobile port

Digital Foundry finds that the HD Remaster is actually made from the mobile port of the game, and not from the original Xbox title.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year. To celebrate that, Rockstar published a new "HD Remaster" version of the classic on Xbox 360. Now it seems that the remastered version isn't made from the original Xbox-version, but from an Android-version.

Digital Foundry has found out, that the remastered version is actually made from the game's tablet version:

"Viewed side by side, Xbox 360 and Shield Tablet games appear to be a close match - the higher-resolution 2D artwork and the new front end are much the same, though the new console release appears to possess enhanced draw distance over the Android version."

There seems to be also some technical issues and bugs. Sometimes the audio cuts out completely during cut scenes. Frame-rate is capped at 30 fps but not locked to it. This causes occasional stuttering and hitches, as the frame-rate drops down to as low as 15 fps. There isn't also any sort of anti-aliasing, while running the old Xbox-games on an emulator would usually get 2x or 4x MSAA depending on the game.

So it seems that this wasn't the definitive edition fans were waiting for, which is a shame. The trip with Carl to Los Santos was truly a remarkable experience in it's time, and it would have been nice to revisit the old hoods in a new and improved version.

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"If we look past the negatives, it must be said how wonderful it is see this game fit neatly on a device that fits in your pocket."

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