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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.

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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 (opens in new tab). 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

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Yeah, but the logo on the front shows a pear (Apple) phone, but this is nice too
  • Where do you see a pear................................
  • On the front cover, left side. The GTA V girl is holding one
  • That's because she doesn't know any better ;)
  • 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.
  • In the trailer Micheal uses a iPhone. Franklin has an android . And Trevor a windows phone
  • Well done Rockstar! True sportmanship!
  • Rockstar rules. I like it that they are showing all 3 major phones types!
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • Some shrewd marketing :)
  • 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.
  • Yeah in the tv series "Under the dome" all the characters have WP.
  • Not marketing... Rockstar have been known for doing this parody kind of thing. Good though.... WP got recognized as one of the big three.
  • Hell yeah can't wait until this game comes out!!!!
  • Same brother!
  • 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
  • Oh no he didn't!
  • sorry!
    i've read mostly just the title and jumped into the video immediately :D
  • 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 :)
  • 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
  • Ah well what are you gonna do :)
  • mentioned* 
    Ah man the day has come that i can finally correct Daniel Rubino 
  • *I
    I have now correct someone who has corrected Daniel Rubino. :P
  • *corrected.
    I have now corrected someone who has corrected someone who has corrected Mr. Rubino. Haha.
  • 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.
  • *someone
  • Damn copy paste! Lol! Got me!
  • lol!!!!!  +V (5)
  • Man u should definitely read the article
  • How can you claim he didn't include something if you didn't even read the article? Lol
  • Ya blew it bud
  • 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.
  • Lmao!
  • Hahahahahahahaha!!! You just made my day!
  • 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.
  • The Windows Phone button is too big, I call it a fake!!!! :-P
  • Lol
  • Good for WP. Still doesn't make me want this game though.
  • You'r an Idiot. I swear, it may be your opinion. But No sweet gamer can ever say NO to Rockstar games.
  • 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.
  • How can you say they don't do anything innovative? Your a complete twonk.
  • You're more than welcome to supply some of their innovations.
  • 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.
  • LA Noire is really fun to play with a friend, that way, you get a second opinion while grilling criminals :D
  • I got GTA4 and it wasn't fun at all. I'm with Adretheon, nothing about GTA5 makes it look desirable.
  • 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
  • I really wish they'd port the top down GTAs to Windows 8.
  • Lol WHAT
  • Its genre may be not yours, but it is certainly mine.. :D
  • 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.
  • Nice phone
  • Awesome I was already excited to play it tomorrow, now double the excitement
  • If only they would release GTA on WP then we all would be happy
    Hey wpcentral should contact R* about this
  • GTA on my Nexus 7 w/ PS3 controller was awesome.. I would love for this to be on my 920!
  • 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.
  • Don't know why but every time I read Xbone I read it as xboner
  • As much as I enjoy GTA games, I do not want this. We need more NEW games, not ports of 10+ year old games.
  • But this isn't a port. This is an entire new game, even if it's the fifth installment in a series.
  • Great! I'm waiting for this to hit PC.
  • Sadly, it will take one more year :'(
  • Nothing Kotaku is worth it.
  • 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 :-)
  • yep I know Michael has an iFruit Franklin a Samsung s3 i guess and Trevor the windows phone
  • Based on his background, probably a 520
  • On a side note for XBox 360 users since this is GTA V related:
  • For instance™!!!??? Rudy!!!!
  • Trevor is perfect. He has a wp, he is racist and he just wants to watch the world burn ;D
  • Funny, I've been playing the game since Friday and never made the correlation.
  • Rockstar will be making a companion app for the Windows phone, also.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Try to temper your hype. Trust me.
  • Same here. No work in the morning. I know what I'll be doing.
  • The real question is, which developer will come out with a Snapmatic app first?
  • 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.
  • The new app is coming to Windows Phone soon - check out Rockstar's news wire!
  • Wooohoooo!
  • When will soon be now ?
  • 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
  • Watch the whole video and you'll get why that is in fact a shoutout to WP :)
  • 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??