Fans of GTA 5 might still be waiting for an official reboot from Rockstar Games but, in the meantime, a third-party mod is giving a glimpse of what could be instore. Created by Jamal “Razed” Rashid and released under the title, ‘GTA 5 Natural Visions Evolved’, the mod puts the latest tech to work on the classic game. 

Released way back in 2013, the action-adventure title has stood the test of time and remains one of the most popular titles across all formats. Quickly becoming the fastest selling entertainment product of all time upon its release, fans have been eagerly anticipating GTA 6 for seven long years. 

While you’ll still have to wait a little longer for an official update, you can whet your appetite with the Natural Visions Evolved mod and take a look at what an updated version of GTA might look like. Previewed in a trailer just last week, the early access version of the mod will be available only to Natural Visions Patreon supporters and is currently only usable on the PC version of the game. 

For avid gamers, the chance to experience an updated version of GTA 5 is likely to be too tempting to miss. With savvy gamers using the latest cheats to advance their progress on the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC versions, you’ll be able to combine your underground skills with the latest mod if you’re using a gaming PC to play. Missed out on the latest GTA 5 cheats? You can learn more here and find out everything you need to know about mastering the world of Los Santos. 

While players will undoubtedly be relying on cheats and hacks to get one step ahead, many are simply revelling in the spectacular graphics the Natural Visions Evolved mod offers. Using ray tracing to mimic the effect of natural light, the updated mod turns GTA 5 into something akin to a stunning live-action movie. Already in use on high-end gaming PCs, ray tracing has yet to find its way into consoles. With the remarkable enhancements shown in the mod, however, there’s no doubt that Sony and Microsoft will be eager to build upon it. 

What is Ray Tracing?

A rendering technique that offers hyper-realism, ray tracing traces the path of light and simulates its effects when hitting virtual objects. While other rendering techniques offer similar effects, ray tracing really does step it up a gear and takes graphics to a whole new level. Capable of mimicking refraction, reflection, dispersion phenomena and scattering, ray tracing enables developers to create uber-realistic graphics that have a stunning on-screen effect. 

For open world games, like GTA 5, ray tracing is the perfect way to enhance the gamer’s experience. Making Los Santos feel more realistic than ever before, the ambient colours, lighting system, building models and textures substantially enrich the game. Universally well-received by those who have tried the early access of the mod, if you’re not a Natural Visions Patreon supporter, you’ll need to wait a little longer until the mod is made more widely available if you want to see what all the fuss is about. 

Bear in mind, however, that the GTA 5 Natural Visions Evolved mod is best suited to high-end gaming PCs. The computation demands of ray tracing mean that you’ll need a pretty advanced PC to deliver the desired effects. For regular PC gamers, this isn’t likely to cause a problem, of course. 

If you prefer to wander around Los Santos on a PlayStation or Xbox, you won’t be able to enjoy the Natural Visions Evolved mod just yet. Although both consoles have the capability of adopting ray tracing, neither have made the technique functional. Still reliant on more traditional forms of light simulation, fans still have high hopes that future consoles will facilitate ray tracing and other advanced rendering techniques. 

What’s in store for GTA 6?

If the Natural Visions Evolved mod is anything to go by, the eventual release of GTA 6 is likely to take the world by storm. While Rockstar Games have yet to make any official announcements, Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier did confirm that development was underway earlier this year. 

With Rockstar Games overhauling their propriety development software prior to the release of GTA 5 and again before Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in 2018, another significant upgrade is expected for GTA 6. While it’s not yet clear whether GTA 6 will rely on ray tracing or another advanced light simulation technique, there’s no doubt that it will raise the bar once again.