11/04/2014 06:07 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

New 'Grand Theft Auto' Offers First-Person Perspective For The First Time

New versions of "Grand Theft Auto V" will now feature a first-person mode, according to an announcement by Rockstar Games on Tuesday.

That means you'll have the option of viewing events in the game as if you were the character in the game world. So you'll be really up close to violent shootouts on the fictional streets of Los Santos. Like, really close:

You'll have an easier time taking photographs with the in-game smartphone:

There will be more immersive car chases:

And flying sequences will feel even crazier:

The addition of a first-person perspective will only be available on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, out November 18, and the PC version, which is coming January 27.

GTA animation director Rob Nelson told IGN: "I don’t think we could’ve put it in the [last-generation version] because we were too busy making the game. We were too busy working on our third-person controls and the missions."

The change brings "Grand Theft Auto" more in line with this season's main competitor, "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare," which features first-person gameplay.

The new version of "Grand Theft Auto V" will still allow for the franchise's "third-person" gameplay -- i.e. when players control a character from a behind-the-shoulder vantage point -- you'll just now have a choice. There also are additional graphical improvements and gameplay tweaks.

The game is still rated "M for Mature" for "intense violence," "blood and gore," "nudity," "mature humor," "strong language," "strong sexual content" and "use of drugs and alcohol," according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board.