If you thought you’d never see GTA 5 on a Game Boy, think again, because someone has made the impossible possible.
A physicist by the name of Sebastian Staacks has figured out a way to make Rockstar’s open-world classic playable on Nintendo’s handheld from 1989 – and it's quite the sight to behold once you get past the Game Boy’s archaic display.
It’s important to note that GTA 5 isn’t actually running on the Game Boy – that would be technically impossible. Instead, the game is streamed from a PS4 using a Game Boy cartridge with built-in Wi-Fi which Staacks developed. Loading up a bunch of GTA 5 cheats and causing chaos would likely make the hardware explode.
In the video below from Staacks’ ‘there oughta be’ YouTube Channel, you can see that the GTA 5 is indeed playable on a Game Boy, though it doesn’t exactly look like a fun experience thanks to the handheld’s lack of buttons and low-resolution, non-backlit screen.
But what about the recently released Analogue Pocket? With its greatly improved screen, does GTA 5 look any better? Well, as you can see below, the answer is a resounding 'yes'.
My WiFI cartridge on the @analogue Pocket.It works right away, but with a small timing problem: Those horizontal glitches are not present on the original #gameboy. Still, I am very impressed that the Pocket is so close to the original.https://t.co/tBC05jGYBP pic.twitter.com/sU9B2BikO2January 15, 2022
Unfortunately, as Staacks points out, there’s a small timing issue that causes visual artifacts – or "horizontal glitches" as he calls them – to be present. However, if you really want to play GTA 5 on a retro handheld, the Analogue Pocket is clearly the way to go.
You can read all about how Staacks got the game working and developed the Game Boy cartridge with built-in Wi-Fi here.
Analysis: but will we ever see GTA 6?
It's certainly interesting seeing GTA 5 running on a Game Boy, but it's fair to say that fans are more than ready for a new entry in Rockstar's long-running franchise.
GTA 6 is reportedly still a few years away, with evidence pointing to a release date of 2025 at the earliest. That's hardly a surprise considering how well GTA 5 continues to sell, and the fact that GTA Online is quite the money-spinner, with updates and new content released regularly.
Still, at least there's now another way to play GTA 5 if you haven't already.
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