Grand Theft Auto V and Windows Phone

Virtual Windows Phone spotted in Grand Theft Auto V, used for selfies

File this under ‘mildly interesting’ but it looks like the hotly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 5, a game that has never been accused of lacking a sense of humor, has a little mobile surprise in it.

The gaming site Kotaku published their GTAV walkthrough video today, which in and of itself is worth your time, but at around the 0:50 second mark a virtual Windows Phone is spotted. The device is used by ‘Trevor’ one of the optional protagonists in the game to snap self-portraits.

Charlie Murder
Windows Phone is a key tool in the hit game 'Charlie Murder'

Like a lot of modern games, virtual smartphones are being used more frequently and not just for gimmicky purposes like selfies but for mapping, calling other characters and even emails. For instance, the hit indie game Charlie Murder on the Xbox 360 makes use of a Windows Phone for tips and instructions and Dead Rising 3 for the Xbox One uses SmartGlass to enhance gameplay by actually calling your phone.

Sure, the spotting in GTAV not a huge deal but seeing the iconic Windows Phone more often in pop culture helps reinforce its legitimacy with users, so it’s a good thing to see.

There is some irony here though. Rockstar Games features Windows Phone as a tool in gameplay, but the company created a real smartphone app—for the iPhone—called iFruit. No word if we’ll see a similar companion app for Windows Phone.

Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

Watch the video from Kotaku above and wait for the 50 second mark for the fun.

Source: Kotaku; Thanks, WTapper, for the heads up



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Jas00555 says:

Yeah, but the logo on the front shows a pear (Apple) phone, but this is nice too

Cleveland2k says:

Where do you see a pear................................

Jas00555 says:

On the front cover, left side. The GTA V girl is holding one

RyanAMG says:

That's because she doesn't know any better ;)

Jas00555 says:

Also, since its Trevor using it, then its probably a 520 lol

Later in the video Michael (one of the other characters) pulls out his phone which looks more like an iPhone. So the one in the article (trevor's) might be the WP of the in-game world.

bankrober0 says:

In the trailer Micheal uses a iPhone. Franklin has an android . And Trevor a windows phone

Well done Rockstar! True sportmanship!

pr0phecy says:

Rockstar rules. I like it that they are showing all 3 major phones types!

WPhoton says:

After watching the video, I guess each one of the main characters has a diferent OS parody phone. One has a iPhone (iFruit) other has an Android (looks like a Samsung but is not branded) and the other as a Windows Phone.
I know it would be nice to have only Windows Phones but the fact there is no Blackberry reforces Windows Phone as the third Mobile Operating System (which is some kind of a win for us).

Ronnet says:

Seems like all three main characters have a different brand. The business guy has iPhone, the kid has a Galaxy and apaprantely the psychopath has Windows Phone... Not sure if it's a compliment. But at least we're part of the big three!

clappenings says:

Some shrewd marketing :)

tribexx says:

I doubt it was "really MS", but they have marketed every where else. I have watch some of the TV fall preview shows and I see Surface tablets and WP8 phones all over the place.

Jack Larson1 says:

Yeah in the tv series "Under the dome" all the characters have WP.

Sp12er says:

Not marketing... Rockstar have been known for doing this parody kind of thing. Good though.... WP got recognized as one of the big three.

DontHate707 says:

Hell yeah can't wait until this game comes out!!!!

Sp12er says:

Same brother!

andrew120 says:

nice nice nice
You forgot to mention in the article at which mark we can see the WP phone in the video

Um, I mention it...twice

In Limbo says:

Oh no he didn't!

andrew120 says:

i've read mostly just the title and jumped into the video immediately :D

jsnod25 says:

So you don't read the article, but accuse the author of not including info in the article you didn't read.... Fascinating

Here's a question will gta v come to Xbox one ? Ps4 must die !!! They must not get it first :)

WinFan1 says:

if im not mistaken this game is only coming to last gen consoles. (though i could be wrong)

U haven't been following gta v news have you :P u would have known its on the rumor list :D

WinFan1 says:

Ah well what are you gonna do :)

Fade_z says:

Ah man the day has come that i can finally correct Daniel Rubino 

baileystein says:

I have now correct someone who has corrected Daniel Rubino. :P

alex6272 says:

I have now corrected someone who has corrected someone who has corrected Mr. Rubino. Haha.

Nik Rolls says:

Damn. I wanted to continue this but your post was flawless.

*Ha ha!
I have now corrected someone who thought he couldn't correct someone who has corrected somenone who has corrected Mr. Rubino on correcting someone who has corrected somenone who has corrected Mr. Rubino and at the same time corrected someone who has corrected somenone who has corrected Mr. Rubino.

Nik Rolls says:


Damn copy paste! Lol! Got me!

baron1996 says:

Man u should definitely read the article

Rem97 says:

How can you claim he didn't include something if you didn't even read the article? Lol

WPmunkey says:

Ya blew it bud

lemonsteveo says:

Makes sense as iPhones in real life wouldn't be able to last a single mission, and androids?  The game will end up about the main character trying to remove malware from his phone or something.

xankazo says:

Hahahahahahahaha!!! You just made my day!

Josh Harman says:

Looks like a Windows Phone... but it has instagram.
EDIT: In the video, it's called "snapmatic"... so I guess it is a Windows Phone.

blackhawk556 says:

The Windows Phone button is too big, I call it a fake!!!! :-P

Adretheon says:

Good for WP. Still doesn't make me want this game though.

Rehan Saleem says:

You'r an Idiot. I swear, it may be your opinion. But No sweet gamer can ever say NO to Rockstar games.

Adretheon says:

I can, I don't care for their games. GTA isn't that fun to me, never has been. I never found the appeal to Rockstar games, they don't do anything new or innovative with their games, and their story lines just aren't that interesting. They ruined a great series with Max Payne 3. It had a beautifully dark storyline, with amazing themes and just brilliance all around. Yet RS turned it into a blank faced copy and paste 3rd person shooter with a shitty story line.

Bailey199719 says:

How can you say they don't do anything innovative? Your a complete twonk.

Adretheon says:

You're more than welcome to supply some of their innovations.

K_lando says:

I can't disagree w/ the Max Payne 3 comment... in the grand scheme of all things Rockstar, its probably my least favorite Rockstar game, one notch above table tennis.  Lucky for me, I bought it on sale brand new for $30 and then sold it on eBay for $20, 
But otherwise, I love Rockstar games.  Only Rockstar game I never tried was LA Noire.

Jack Larson1 says:

LA Noire is really fun to play with a friend, that way, you get a second opinion while grilling criminals :D

cannon#WP says:

I got GTA4 and it wasn't fun at all. I'm with Adretheon, nothing about GTA5 makes it look desirable.

aitt says:

I agree about IV but I'm excited about V. Brings back the vast land of III for me. Hell I been a fan of GTA since I and II

cannon#WP says:

I really wish they'd port the top down GTAs to Windows 8.

ocimek says:

Its genre may be not yours, but it is certainly mine.. :D

aitt says:

I'm ready to pick up my reservation on this game.  It's good to see the branding starting to increase everywhere.  I seen a billboard for a health company and if I didn't know any better, the features they had for service were in Tiles like format like on WP.  See it everyday on the way to work.

TheDarKnight says:

Awesome I was already excited to play it tomorrow, now double the excitement

ahmedjan87 says:

If only they would release GTA on WP then we all would be happy
Hey wpcentral should contact R* about this

Mark Cesari says:

GTA on my Nexus 7 w/ PS3 controller was awesome.. I would love for this to be on my 920!

aitt says:

Don't ever. Ever. Ever ever ever mention anything Android on here again. Ever.

All bs to the side I agree. Would entice me more for W8 tablet. Surface Pro(2) with Xbone compatible joystick would be perfect.

ahmedjan87 says:

Don't know why but every time I read Xbone I read it as xboner

K_lando says:

As much as I enjoy GTA games, I do not want this. We need more NEW games, not ports of 10+ year old games.

DaddyLikey says:

But this isn't a port. This is an entire new game, even if it's the fifth installment in a series.

xankazo says:

Great! I'm waiting for this to hit PC.

Aryan Angel says:

Sadly, it will take one more year :'(

Nothing Kotaku is worth it.

kenzibit says:

Yeah....Trevor uses Windows Phone, Michael uses iPhone and Franklin uses an Android. Kinda cool :-) and with Trevor being the toughest amongst them, so is Windows Phone :-)

flygeani says:

yep I know Michael has an iFruit Franklin a Samsung s3 i guess and Trevor the windows phone

Jas00555 says:

Based on his background, probably a 520

JoRdaNeK says:

For instance™!!!??? Rudy!!!!

Aryan Angel says:

Trevor is perfect. He has a wp, he is racist and he just wants to watch the world burn ;D

Guitarpik says:

Funny, I've been playing the game since Friday and never made the correlation.

DavidinCT says:

The iFruit Mobile Application

Now available for iOS devices at the App Store.

Coming soon for Android devices via Google Play as well as for Windows Phone, PlayStation Mobile and Vita.


Grand Theft Auto V: The Manual

Coming later today for iOS devices at the App Store.

Coming soon for Android devices via Google Play and Windows Phone, as well as for PC/Mac as a desktop application.

DavidinCT says:

It was called the iFruit in GTA 4.... Man I cant wait any longer for GTA 5...I'm actually losing sleep waiting for this game...
Confirmed by MS that it shipped and will have it by the end of the day tomorrow...

Guitarpik says:

Try to temper your hype. Trust me.

ZuNuKoo says:

Same here. No work in the morning. I know what I'll be doing.

cannon#WP says:

The real question is, which developer will come out with a Snapmatic app first?

VRocker88 says:

Nice to see a mock WP appearing in GTA :)
Also, the iFruit app IS coming to Windows Phone! We're finally having some app support from the big companies :)

The iFruit Mobile Application
Now available for iOS devices at the App Store.
Coming soon for Android devices via Google Play as well as for Windows Phone, PlayStation Mobile and Vita.


King Benneth says:

The new app is coming to Windows Phone soon - check out Rockstar's news wire!

DavidinCT says:

When will soon be now ?

stephanemark says:

I do not think they wanted to make a wp phone but it's just that resembles by luck, they very well could have put a galaxy note 3 or other

stephking92 says:

Watch the whole video and you'll get why that is in fact a shoutout to WP :)

Tim Sell says:

Any word on the manual app and the app to train chop?? I no its out on ios and they have said a couple of weeks for everyone else, just wondering if ure gonna give us a link as soon as it lands??