Monday, January 10th, 2005
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Grand Theft Auto: PSP Confirmed!

GTAGaming.com - General News | @ 10:44 AM MDT | By Neil
Rockstar Games today formally announced that it will be bringing Grand Theft Auto to the Playstation Portable platform near the system's launch this March in both North America and Europe. We have previously reported on comments made by Japanese magazine Famitsu but today's press release finally lays rumours to rest.
"Sony's extremely impressive technology has allowed Rockstar Leeds to do more on a handheld machine than we could have ever imagined. We are very excited for gamers to experience these two genre-defining franchises in a fashion that could have never before been possible on a portable system."
-- Sam Houser, President, Rockstar Games
The title will be developed by Rockstar Leeds, (formerly Mobius Entertainment) alongside a PSP version of the third iteration in the Midnight Club series, entitled "DUB Edition". Rockstar promises more frolicking around Liberty City, in what is expected to be a new title, not a port of previously released Grand Theft Auto III. We'll bring further updates about this exciting title as soon as they are available.

Press Release: Rockstar Games Announces PSP Lineup
In-House Mini-Site: GTAPSP.com
Thanks to 'Vini' for the heads up!
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Jay Squirrel
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Took them long enought to confirm it lol

Edit: Yay for first post
01-10-2005 11:58 AM
LloydBanks01
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hell yea.im definately gon get a psp now.
01-10-2005 01:21 PM
scott
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r u sure tis aint bs, cuz r* have so much on der plate 2 b workin on nother gta. hmm, it might b true...
01-10-2005 02:39 PM
pyehac
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Now I wished that I didn't spend all of my money on small things, and just saved it for a PSP.

DS, get ready to lose sales!!!!
01-10-2005 02:56 PM
sanandreashalo
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what did I say weeks ago. GTA is coming to PSP. and here is the official confirmation. a new liberty city should be interesting. wonder what the game will be titled?
01-10-2005 05:47 PM
matt__jon
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I still can't get past the fact that the UMD only holds 1.8Gb or however much it is, its not as much as a DVD, Liberty City might not be nearly as big as the PS2 version. Well, hopefully it'll still be good. I wonder if they'll return to Liberty City on a proper disc format later on on PS3, imagine Liberty City, driving through those tunnels in Shoreside Vale going to Carter City, in the graphical might that is PS3...
01-10-2005 09:40 PM
Mike
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yay! I'm getting a PSP 4 sure now
01-10-2005 09:58 PM
kin
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AWESOME! Now that's a GOOD reason why you should buy a PSP :D:D!!!
01-10-2005 10:26 PM
Ritchie
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yay a GTA for the PSP cant wait
edit: when do you guys think they'll show us some screens?
01-11-2005 07:29 AM
matt__jon
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They've obviously been working on it for some time if they're going to release it around March, they probably waited until after Christmas to tell us about it so that GTASA wouldn't be passed over to save money for a PSP and GTA Small. Midnight Club 3 will probably be released on both at the same time, I'm not sure when the console version is coming out though.

We'll probably see some screens later this month or early February. I hope Rockstar Leeds does GTA right.
01-11-2005 07:48 AM
scott
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Who the f*** are Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar North should be the one making it. They made all of the GTA games. Hmm, I hope they are good game designers like R*.
01-11-2005 03:57 PM
zombienm
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i hope they don't change the map of LC, they do that too much :(
01-11-2005 06:35 PM
zeppelincheetah
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this sucks. i hate psp. i don't want to shell out $150 for one game. this is gonna kill me. :( hopefully the game is crap. hey, it's made by rockstar leeds so it probably won't be too good! yay!
01-11-2005 09:40 PM
RoxRox
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^n00b

Anyway, glad this is coming out, i wan't to try it when its ready. =D

Oh and @matt_jon, Vice City was barely 1GB, so no doubt they can fit it on the PSP disc.

[ post edited 01-11-2005 11:18 PM by RoxRox ]
01-11-2005 11:16 PM
matt__jon
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Really? Thats a relief. I was worrying over nothing. So how'd they go from VC being 1Gb to SA being dual layered, thats over 4.7 Gb if I remember DVD size correctly? I guess it must've been that extra year in development.

I wonder if the PSP version will include any of the new gameplay features of SA, and any new ones. I hope. I also wonder if those tunnels in Shoreside Vale will lead anywhere to, like Carter City. I gotta go to class.

[ post edited 01-12-2005 07:41 AM by matt__jon ]
01-12-2005 07:40 AM
christianrrf
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i will wait till a psp emulator arrives :)
01-12-2005 06:40 PM
sanandreashalo
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psp universal media disc is 1.8 GB, a dvd is 4.7 GB, the xbox 2 hd-dvd is 25 GB, and the ps3 blu-ray dvd is 50 GB dual layered! 50 GB of grand theft auto fun, can't wait! EA sports has 6 games coming out at the psp launch, plus this new GTA game, should be fun right off the bat.
01-13-2005 01:52 PM
matt__jon
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I wonder how long it will take Rockstar to use a double layered blu ray? Hopefully not too short, as the only thing we have after that so far is holographic discs, according to popular mechanics, and those can hold one Terabyte of data. Plus they're still experimental, so theres no telling how much they can really hold.

And actually, the other city talked about on Liberty City radio is Carcer City, not Carter City, woops, silly me.
01-13-2005 02:37 PM
tubZ
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I hope that they come out with a 3-d version of GTA for the Nintendo DS.
that will be so nice. :,)
01-13-2005 04:04 PM
mrdie
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To bad a DS version would only have * if we are talking about LC here * just Portland.
01-13-2005 05:02 PM
Vincent Pale
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THis sounds awesome, some of the textures in liberty city could really use an update, and a cell phone would be better than a pager lol.

what happened to the Picture Of the Day
01-13-2005 06:00 PM
Avis
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wow thats wicked... this might make me buy a PSP
01-13-2005 07:18 PM
blackninja
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Right on that will be thight but I wonder how it whould look like
01-13-2005 07:56 PM
GTA-masta
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does anybody know how much a PSP will cost and is it out right now becuase i never got excited about it until i heard about GTA bein on it so i dont know much about it except that i get to play gta wherever i want???
01-13-2005 11:07 PM
BadBurrito
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GTA-Masta
PSP is expected about March I think
Rough guess on the price I would say anything from 200-300
01-14-2005 09:01 AM
christianrrf
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if rockstar took about 2 years to make a 4GB GTA i think that they are going to use about 8 years to make a new GTA for the new 50GB compact discs. And i think that game will be like having a TV.
01-14-2005 09:52 AM
sanandreashalo
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8 years to develop one game???!!! uh no way. Sony PSP is coming out late March or April. Its gonna cost around 200 bucks. first game im buying is this new gta liberty city of course. They better not make a gta game on nintendo ds cause that sucks. gta psp game, san andreas xbox and pc, thats good for me this year.
01-14-2005 12:07 PM
OkComputer
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Ihave a feeling it may be a gta3 port, or liberty city setting, new missions and stuff, i dunno, maybe an online type of mutliplayer thing will be available, does the psp offer this?
01-14-2005 03:31 PM
kin
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I see some peeps are talkin about the storage on that CD. Well I'm not interested in that issue. Make the sounds 22050khz if nessecary, hardly noticable and saves alot of space. Or duplicate some buildings and same textures if necesary.

[ post edited 01-14-2005 04:26 PM by kin ]
01-14-2005 04:24 PM
TONY_ak47
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Cool i will make sure i stay loyal to sony now and DEFINETELY WILL BUY PSP. Cant wait for PS3 though. :) (estatic)
01-14-2005 10:59 PM
sanandreashalo
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I went to a gamecrazy store today asking if I could preorder the PSP, and the workers said yeah, but they had to make a phone call to find out, their pricing is all messed up, so I didnt bother preordering today. The workers all said they have their own copies preordered. one guy said $250-300 and the other guy said its $180 in Japan. haha quite a difference. They said I should really preorder the PSP. But no one knows the price!
01-14-2005 11:12 PM
kenezzite
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Do you guys think PSP systems will be sold out for a while like PS2 in the begening?
01-15-2005 03:36 AM
Vincent Pale
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There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the psp will be scarsely available, this the the cutting edge hand held system, the DS was just a palm touchscreen wired to a GBA with a lil better graphics sony has so many suporters that there has to be mobs of people tipping porto-pottys screaming like beatles maniacs protesting like angry soccer moms wanting their PSPs
01-15-2005 02:09 PM
sanandreashalo
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LMAO that was funny Vincent. Its true. There will be short supply, especially when everyone finds out about a new GTA game. I just checked for PSP on Ebay, there was an auction going for more than $400 psp value pack. Its crazy, there was like 34 bids on that auction. PSP is going to be eaten up faster than Ruben Studdard at an all you can eat buffet hahahaha
01-15-2005 02:41 PM
senseless
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i am going to try to buy a psp for gta.
01-15-2005 04:53 PM
blackninja
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Thats too thight I'll try to get a psp and gta if I can afford it
01-15-2005 06:00 PM
opendonkey
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thats cool
01-15-2005 08:12 PM
sanandreashalo
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go to ebay and type in "psp" and you'll see the bidding madness going on for sony psp. I hope they give an official US release date soon, I might preorder it next week.
01-15-2005 10:27 PM
kenezzite
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If the cost is going to be more than $150, i'll have to pass on the PSP.
01-16-2005 01:25 AM
matt__jon
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You could preorder it now, because, if its the same as preordering videogames, you don't have to pay all of it now. Heres what I think, price range of $150-$300, I know thats broad, but I doubt it'll be any higher than that if they want to beat DS. I LOVE how big the screen looks on all the pics of it, its GrrrrrEAT!

About the small screen (in the post from after mine), yes, DS does have a small screen, and the PSP's is a bit bigger. However, graphics don't matter as much on smaller screens, because as it all gets smaller, it all looks more similar.

Take for example Metroid Hunters on the DS. I don't know if any of you have seen this game yet, theres demo's at stores that sell videogames, it looks great, very similar to its gamecube cousin, when in fact it is running on N64 technology, approximately. So, the developers of GTA PSP have even more space, because the graphics don't need to be done as well for a small screen.

[ post edited 01-17-2005 10:00 PM by matt__jon ]
01-16-2005 09:20 AM
sanandreashalo
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There are two versions, the basic version for like $200, and the value pack with all the goodies for $234. Yeah you can preorder it, the workers said like $20 or $25 to preorder. The PSP is going to be great.
01-16-2005 02:09 PM
kin
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Heheh... Nintendo DS just look too ugly and has a small screen..
01-16-2005 04:31 PM
 

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