Developer Rockstar Games has another surprise in store for users with its next GTA 5 update. Rockstar Editor, the video clip creation and editing tool that Rockstar included in the Windows PC version of GTA 5, is coming to owners of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4.
The developer confirmed the Rockstar Editor is on its way to Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTA 5 this week in a post announcing the winner of its Rockstar Editor Contest for members of the community. As it’s name suggests, that contest relied on PC users creating interesting video clips and movies with the Rockstar Editor tool. As such, only PC users were eligible, which didn’t exactly impress all of the users who’d invested in Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 versions of the game.
Rockstar announces that the next GTA 5 update will contain the Rockstar Editor in almost stealthy way, tucking it into a few sentences at the end of its post. “The upcoming launch of the Rockstar Editor for PS4 and Xbox One as the next update,” a sentence begins. The feature will come to GTA Online and GTA 5, the game’s multiplayer and single play campaign, respectively. It’s unclear when the GTA 5 update containing the feature will arrive. It’s also unclear when the next Rockstar Editor Contest kicks off. “What Ill-Gotten Gains is All About,” a video produced by community member pimpedupbadass, won the recently closed content.
We got our first look at the Rockstar Editor just as the video game developer was planning to release GTA 5 PC. This was back in April of this year. Originally, GTA 5 for PC was scheduled to arrive alongside the PS4 and Xbox One versions. That didn’t happen, but PC users did get some extras for their wait time and exclusive access to the Rockstar Editor.
Think of the Rockstar Editor is a film making tool, because that’s exactly what it is. Every day, millions of users crowd GTA Online, pulling off outrageous stunts that no other game gives them the tools to do. The Rockstar Editor has different camera modes so that users can add some visual flair to their clips. Users can change the depth of field and add audio to their clips. Characters from other parts of the game can be used to create films. A Director Mode allows for better camera control. Rockstar Editor has been available to PC users since April 14th, which is a long time for Xbox One and PS4 users to be left out in the cold.
That being said, that the Rockstar Editor is coming to the Xbox One and PS4 at all is very, very interesting. Many assumed that it’d never be part of the console versions of the game. The idea was that Rockstar Editor required more power and granular control than either console could provide. What changes Rockstar had to make to get the new tool onto current generation game consoles is unclear at this point. Rockstar hasn’t revealed the features that users can expect. It’s entirely possible that the Rockstar Editor for Xbox One and PS4 has a huge amount of features missing. It’s also possible that all of the features are the same, we just don’t know at this point. Certainly, Rockstar had to make allowances for wireless controllers. PC users can make do with a mouse and keyboard for granular control, but both of those options aren’t available on consoles yet. To their credit, Microsoft does allow gamers to connect a USB keyboard already. It’s on video game developers and app makers to make the most of the feature. Both consoles include video creation tools already.
Due to available resources, it’s very unlikely that owners of the Xbox 360 and PS3 users can expect Rockstar Editor to arrive on those consoles.
Rockstar recently announced that it’d sold more than 50 million copies of GTA 5 since it introduced the game back in 2013.