TechSpot means tech analysis and advice you can trust. Read our ethics statement.
The arrival of Grand Theft Auto V for the PC earlier this year allowed us to experience Rockstar's sandbox in glorious 4K at 60 frames per second. Even with all of the eye candy turned on, there's no mistaking GTA V for real life.
Hoping to change that is Toddyhancer, a work-in-progress mod from Martin Bergman that takes realism to the next level. To pull off the stunning visuals, Bergman said he is using generic post-processing injector ReShade, ENB, some simple tweaks and what the modder describes as tone mapping with class.
As explained in the description of a brief YouTube video, the mod isn't without penalty. One can expect a frame rate hit of up to 40 FPS. The good news, however, is that the mod appears to be in an early stage of development meaning there's almost certainly some refinements that can be made to ease the performance hit.
Bergman said the demo video looks choppy because it was recorded on a notebook. Just imagine how it'll in 4K on a beefy SLI / Crossfire setup.
If you're interested in keeping up with the development of Toddyhancer, you may want to subscribe to his YouTube channel and Like him on Facebook. In the interim, be sure to check out our recent round-up featuring five of the top GTA V mods.
All media courtesy Martin Bergman