Grand Theft Auto 5 and Grand Theft Auto Online both launch on next-gen systems on March 15th, and Rockstar Games today released a list of enhancements for its long-running blockbuster when it releases on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
In a new blog, Rockstar revealed that all the anticipated next-gen improvements are coming to GTA 5 and GTA Online and more. Both GTA 5 and GTA Online will be available for pre-purchase and pre-loading on next generation consoles starting March 8th. Physical versions will follow in April.
From GTA 5 you can find an overview of new features here.
Screenshots of GTA 5 and GTA Online – PS5 and Xbox Series X/S
New GTA 5 features
Grand Theft Auto 5 will support three new graphics settings for gamers who expect certain things from their games. Fidelity mode runs at the highest visual settings, native 4K with ray tracing at 30fps, for both PS5 and Xbox Series X. Xbox Series S supports upscaled 4K resolution.
Performance mode targets 60 FPS at upscaled 4K resolution for PS5 and Series X and 1080p on Series S.
Finally, Performance RT is a mix of Fidelity and Performance modes that will run GTA 5 at upscaled 4K with ray tracing and a target of 60 FPS. This mode is only available on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
GTA 5 will also utilize the DualSense controller on PS5 with haptic and other adaptive trigger feedback and will include Tempest 3D Audio on PS5 and Spatial Sound on Xbox Series X/S. Both console versions use SSDs for faster loading times.
Rockstar promises “high-end PC visuals” on the console, including “increased population and traffic diversity, increased vegetation density, improved light quality across shadows, water reflections and other elements. Plus improved anti-aliasing, motion blur, highly detailed novelty explosions, fire and more.”
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New GTA Online features
For Grand Theft Auto Online, the live game will include over eight years’ worth of gameplay updates and content, as well as new vehicles and the added Hao’s Special Works to the Los Santos Car Meet.
Haos Special Works includes vehicle upgrades, a new class of modified vehicle races, and a weekly rotation of Haos Special Works Time Trials and Premium Test Ride.
The new generation versions of GTA Online also get quality of life improvements, including a new intro and tutorial, as well as a more useful main menu that lets you jump straight into activities.
GTA Online will also be available as a standalone title for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, and is even free to download and keep for PS5 players for the first three months after release. However, Rockstar has not yet announced a price for the standalone GTA Online.
For new players finally diving into GTA Online, Rockstar is introducing a Career Builder, bringing new players on board with a free GTA$4,000,000 bonus for purchasing lots, vehicles and weapons.
Transfer your existing character
If you’re a long-time GTA Online player, Rockstar has announced that PS4 and Xbox One players will be able to transfer both their GTA 5 Story Mode progression and GTA Online characters to new-gen systems and even across console platforms , meaning PlayStation players can transfer to Xbox and vice versa.
This is a one time migration but it includes all characters, GTA$, progression, stats, vehicles, traits, weapons, clothing and player creation jobs. The transfer will be made through the Rockstar Games Social Club account.
Starting today, you start a Story Mode broadcast by going to the Game tab in the GTA 5 pause menu and clicking Upload Save Game. Saves can be downloaded for 90 days after uploading. GTA Online Account Migration will not be available until March 15th.
Grand Theft Auto 5 and GTA Online are both immensely popular despite being almost 10 years old too. And while Rockstar confirmed it’s working on the new Grand Theft Auto 6, Los Santos will still be open for business until then.
Matt TM Kim is the news editor of IGN. you can reach him @lawoftd.
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