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GTA 5 mod highlights the power of ray tracing

Published: 22/May/2019 15:23 Updated: 22/May/2019 16:03

by Paul Cot


A new GTA mod is using ray tracing, the latest technological advancement to come to gaming. It has already been confirmed that the PS5 will utilize its technology, and the Xbox is also expected to.

What is ray tracing?

Ray tracing is a relatively new rendering technique that creates realistic lighting effects. It generates an image by following, or tracing, the path of light as pixels. The technology allows the light to simulate the effect it would have on certain objects.


Essentially, it heightens the realism of images and video. The main benefit of ray tracing, from a visual stand point, is it decreases the contrast making dark places when light is involved less dreary.

GTA 5 mod

Despite being nearly six years old, GTA 5’s Los Santos provides an excellent setting to showcase ray tracing technology. With shadowy areas provided across the map, the benefit of ray tracing can be clearly highlighted.


GTA 5 has one of the biggest modding communities among all games and it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that ray tracing has been added to the game.

LucasThe effect of ray tracing in a high end GTA apartment…

GTA V modder Pascal Gilcher (aka Marty McFly) who made this mod, has shared its capabilities for all to see. The effect can be seen from underneath dingy bridges, to apartments and Vespucci beach.

To access the mod you will need to become a Patreon supporter of Gilcher, although it will eventually become free. Gilcher describes the process of this mod as follows:


What I’m doing is ray tracing in screen space, tracing rays against the depth buffer (a data buffer that contains the information how far an object is away, as opposed to the color buffer which tells you what color the object has and what you usually see in any game). When compared to DXR, it has several limitations: anything behind another object does not contribute, anything outside the screen does not contribute, backfaces do not contribute. The benefits of this shader is that it can run on every game and GPU and it’s a step up from regular SSAO. I hope this serves as a sneak peek at what DXR ray tracing can do and why everyone in VFX can’t wait to get real ray tracing for their games.

LucasPreviously dingy areas in GTA 5 now look reinvigorated…

PS5 and ray tracing

The mod looks visually stunning, even on a game released in 2013. The PS5 will seek to add native 4K graphics and a fully-fledged implementation of ray tracing technology. As a result, the hype for the visual fidelity of the next generation consoles is growing.

Naturally, one game that comes to the everyone’s minds after seeing this mod is GTA 6. Rockstar, have of course, yet to announce the next Grand Theft Auto game but it’s truly exciting to think what that, and various other future games, will be capable of.


Leaked GTA 6 map possibly teased in Grand Theft Auto V

Published: 19/Oct/2020 19:02

by Michael Gwilliam


The newly surfaced GTA 6 Vice City map leak may have been teased as far back as Grand Theft Auto V, judging by some postcards found in-game.

A bunch of previously dismissed Grand Theft Auto 6 leaks from 2018 have been gaining attention again after a new leak sparked similarities to those images.


With these leaks gaining traction once more, users have been searching for anything that may connect directly to them. As it turns out, some postcards found at a strip club in GTA V could provide some clues.

Redditor ‘MrBurpAlot’ took to the GTA6 section to post their findings, and detailed how the postcards from “Paradise Isle” could be related to the leaked map.


Potential hint to the "leaked" map in the GTA 5 strip club? from GTA6

“So, in the changing rooms in the back of the strip club, there are these postcards referring ‘Paradise Isle,’” they wrote. “Initially, I thought the name ‘Paradise Isle’ could be a reference to somewhere like Hawaii or The Bahamas, but after the alleged map leak, it also seems the pictures fit pretty well regarding distance and such.”

“You can also take a look at the 3 islands I pointed out in the top postcard… I personally think the top right island could be a GTA version of Bahamas,” they further added.

As you can see in the leaked map, there are three islands a good distance away from each other that look very similar to how they’re positioned in the postcards. Rockstar is known to tease future games within other titles, so it’s possible that this could be connected to GTA 6.

GTA 6 map leak
Rockstar Games
Could this leak be related to GTA 6?

However, the leaks as a whole have been quite controversial, with one game developer even chiming in that they look fake.

Sadly, there will be no way to know for sure until Rockstar either announces GTA 6 or gives us a much-awaited update on the next game. That said, with GTA V coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series, we may be waiting a bit longer for some news.

Hopefully, the next-gen ports of GTA V and GTA Online can offer even more clues on the future title’s location and even release.