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GTA V gets two companion apps, including 'iFruit' for car customization and doggy training

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GTA V gets two companion apps, including 'iFruit' for car customization and doggy training
Sorry that we didn't post this story earlier, but we were a bit busy playing GTA V (and frankly, we're going right back to it after finishing this post). Today was the big launch day for Grand Theft Auto 5, the newest, biggest, and most ambitious GTA game yet from Rockstar North. And, the game is so big that it can't live just on consoles, it needs two companion apps to go along with it.

The first app is pretty basic, and you can guess what it is from the name. It is called Grand Theft Auto V: The Manual. As you would expect, it is the full 100-page manual for the game, digitized and available for your perusal on a phone or tablet. The other app is the true companion to the game, and it is called iFruit. iFruit is of course the name that GTA has used as a parody of the iPhone, and now it is the name of its own app. Of course, Rockstar couldn't help but give the app description the GTA twist, as it reads:
How would we survive without apps? Apps can transform your mobile device into essential tools like a harmonica, disco ball or convincing moustache. Somewhere out there is the perfect storm of touchscreen technology to fix everything that's wrong with your life. And maybe all you're missing is the iFruit app. Maybe not. At least you'll have something to keep you entertained while your significant other prattles on endlessly about their day.

The iFruit app contains news about GTA V, integration with the Rockstar Social Club as well as GTA V's Facebook parody called LifeInvader, and the two most important pieces: dog training and car customization. iFruit will let help you to train Chop, your pet Rottweiler. If you train Chop properly in the app, it will be reflected in your full GTA V game making Chop happier, more responsive to commands, able to take commands like sit, beg, and shake. You can also train Chop to sniff out hidden items when you take him for a walk in the game, and you can earn custom collars. 

The Los Santos Customs part of the app promises to let you create your ultimate vehicle in GTA V. This includes custom license plates, paint jobs, window tints, smoke colors, wheels, hoods and spoilers. You can also upgrade your engine, brakes, exhaust, suspension, and accessorize with new lights, horns, tires and body armor. All changes will be waiting for you in your garage the next time you load up GTA V. 

The downside right now is that the apps can only be found on iOS, although Rockstar is promising Android and Windows Phone versions of both apps soon. 

Download: Grand Theft Auto V: The Manual (iOS)
iFruit (iOS)

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posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:01 8

1. Legnaldo (Posts: 63; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I wish I had the time to play this game

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 07:27 2

14. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

perfect first comment... i honestly dont have the time to play either... sad day.


posted on 18 Sep 2013, 08:55

15. Sakeem (Posts: 611; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Same here. I haven't even installed the game yet. :(

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:07

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I wish gta v would be available on smartphones

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:44 2

4. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

i highly doubt that is possible you'll need phones with crazy specs for that !!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 01:37 8

6. FilthyJ24 (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)

I bet if you went back to 2001 and told people they could play gta 3 on their phones they would have said the same thing.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 02:47 1

9. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

So... you're saying we only have to wait 12 years to be able to do this?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 04:12 1

10. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Latest flagships like 5S, S4, and many other have the power to play games with equal visuals as PS3/360. Power is not a problem, The problem is the space it requires, 18gb and all that time and money to optimize the game and touch controls for phone. I am sure they will port it to tablets and phones in few years. Oh and tegra4 gpu/cpu by nvidia has the power to play games visually BETTER than ps3/360. And they already showcased it. Oh and they need to milk the cow and make money first from consoles for few years before they go to mobile paranormal.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 06:36

11. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

Well yes, it's obvious, PS3 and Xbox are 8 years old, and when they're designing it, picking the processor they're probably picking it earlier than their release date

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 06:47

12. rukkaset (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

Mobiles aren't there yet, they still have less than half of the ps3/360 capabilities except for the available memory, but they do evolve pretty fast so maybe in a year or two. I just don't see the attraction myself to play that kind of games on tiny screen with touch controls.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 08:58

16. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

You are not well informed. The upcoming tegra 4 devices exceed the PS3/360 graphicshttp://linuxgizmos.com/tegra-beats-ps3-graphics-6-gpu-exynos-4-5w-haswell/

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 09:38

18. rukkaset (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

You probably should read the articles you link to. The logan which they refer and claim to beat ps3 is tegra 5 and you won't see those until well into 2014. Also the tittle of the whole article ends with a question mark which should have given a little clue too

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:36 1

3. DirtySoul (Posts: 16; Member since: 22 May 2012)

Freud would have a lot to say about that logo.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:45

5. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

i guess us pc users have to wait a while :( !this is killing me

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 02:00 1

7. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

they should still release San Andreas on android!!! It would sell as fast as GTA5

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 02:32

8. iyoda (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)

Apps are a great idea
But the game is a repeat of every other gta with 2 or 3 tweaks nothing special

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 06:48

13. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

m sure you want fairies in the next gta iteration.

Anyways the iFruit app is a whole new way of integrating phones with consoles.

Interesting, m sure it could play out well with other games too

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 09:22

17. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

So.. how is the game?

I've not played GTA in quite some time. Is it still the same crime-ridden, don't play around your children game?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:59

19. skymitch89 (Posts: 1366; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

They should've released an Android version of this app at the same time as iOS app. I only have an Android device and this would be a nice companion to the game.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 13:01

20. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Sorry but i don't believe phonearena writters have been playing gta5

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 23:46 1

22. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Not sure why you wouldn't believe it. I just got to Trevor's introduction today. It's a fantastic game so far, despite the texture pop-in issues with the PSN downloadable version I've got.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:42

23. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I downloaded it last night myself. I waited for the midnight launch for the PS3 version and played it until after I got him, then my disc drive stopped working. I tried fixing it and took into a repair shop and they couldnt fix, so I sold it then downloaded from PSN. I honestly havent noticed any significant difference graphics wise.

The only version I know of for sure with this issue is the 360 version, if you install the play disc and the install disc, there are significant pop in issues. This can be averted by just using the play disc, or installing the play disc to a different source like USB storage instead of the harddrive.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:13

21. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

just got gta 5 awesome game!!!

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:01 1

24. alaahershy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)

GTA V ----> God Of Games

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