'GTA: San Andreas' on Xbox 360 looks a lot like the Android version

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'GTA: San Andreas' on Xbox 360 looks a lot like the Android version

Let's say that nostalgia got the better of you and you downloaded the refreshed GTA: San Andreas on Xbox 360 to replay a few missions ahead of GTA:V's new-gen re-release. You know, the tale of the Grove Street Families that now supports 720p resolution and achievements. Well, the tech-minded folks at Digital Foundry have done some digging and found that the HD version actually bears more than a passing resemblance to the game's recent Android offering, as opposed to, say, a port of the original PC release. What you get here has better draw distance than the one on Google's mobile OS, but, for the most part, little else in the way of enhancements. Instead, there's apparently quite a bit of stuttering in-game, there are visual effects missing that even the PlayStation 2 release had too, in addition to cutscenes where audio drops out completely.

As DF notes, this is all quite sad, honestly, considering that San Andreas was arguably the best GTA of its era. If anything, this lends credence to the notion of not throwing out your old games and systems -- the game industry still hasn't figured out how to preserve its history in the way that film has. For video proof of the port's transgressions, check out the analysis below.

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