News: GTAIV: San Andreas Beta 3 is out now

Making possibly the lowest key release in Rockstar's history, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is out now for iOS. Rockstar has finally acknowledged the release on it's website, after being available for a day in select countries. Check out our previous article on the release in New Zealand for specifics on the iOS version. Android, Kindle and Windows Phone, as we expected, are taking a backseat to the Steve Jobs Master Race and have been given a "coming soon" release date. Here's four screenshots Rockstar have released of the iOS version.

The ESRB has given the mobile version a Mature rating, which is not suprising. What is surprising is that "Windows PC" is listed among the platforms for the mobile version rating. Could this mean that the mobile version is coming to Windows RT and Windows 8 Modern UI? Otherwise, there's no sense in Rockstar paying for it to be certified again on PC.

If you were wondering why the radio in the mobile version seems like it's missing something -- it's actually missing quite a few tracks. Ash_735, a modder involved with the awesome VCSPC mod, has found that a number of tracks have been removed.

"Critical Beatdown"

"Running Down A Dream"
"Woman To Woman"

Bounce FM
"You Dropped A Bomb On Me"
"Yum Yum"
"Running Away"

Radio Los Santos
"I Don't Give A f*ck"
"Express Yourself"

Radio X
"Killing in the Name of"

K-Jah West
"Ring My Bell"
"Don't Let It Go To Your Head"

MasterSounds 98.3
"Express Yourself"
"Rock Creek Park"
"Soul Power '74"
"The Payback"

Ash_735 has also noted that the mobile version has extremely low quality audio files, noting that some audio even suffers from conversion stutter. Theory is that the community audio tool SAAT was used to extract the audio from the PC version, then re-converted into another format. It's noted that it may be possible for the community to properly convert the audio, along with restoring the missing songs, and release them as a mod.

A topic has already popped up over at GTAForums where modding veterans are discussing how to mod the game. Mod tool author nick7 has already updated his "TXDFucker" tool to open the updated texture files and hopes to release it soon.

EDIT: San Andreas is now out on Android and Kindle devices.

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