Grand Theft Auto V (and, by proxy, GTA Online) will be launching on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S on 15th March.
With these next-gen releases come a whole host of improvements to everything from load times to graphics.
In fact, Rockstar noted how the next-gen releases; “introduce high-end PC visuals to the console experience with new graphics modes featuring up to 4K resolution, a frame rate of up to 60 frames per second, improved texture quality, HDR options, and ray tracing”. This is as well as “utilising the technical advancements of the latest console hardware for faster loading times, immersive 3D audio, support for platform-specific features, and more”.
Players will be able to choose from three new graphical modes that will alter the game’s performance accordingly. These include;
- Fidelity Mode; “tune for the highest visual quality and targets 30 FPS. In this mode, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X support native 4K resolution with ray tracing enabled. Meanwhile, the Xbox Series S supports upscaled 4K resolution”.
- Performance Mode; “tuned for the most responsive gameplay experience and targets 60 FPS. In this mode, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X support upscaled 4K resolution. The Xbox Series S supports a resolution of 1080p.
- Performance RT Mode (exclusive to PS5 and Xbox Series X); “a hybrid of the Fidelity and Performance modes supporting upscaled 4K resolution with ray tracing enabled and targeting 60 FPS”.
As well as these improvements, the new console’s SSDs will help boost GTAV‘s performance. We will see faster load times, increased population and traffic density, increased foliage density, improved lighting across shadows, water reflections, and more. This is in addition to improved anti-aliasing, motion-blur, new fire and explosion details, and more.
Plus, if you’re a PS5 player, you will benefit from “new levels of responsiveness” thanks to the DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. This will bring new sensations to weather effects, road surfaces, explosions, and more.
Meanwhile, in GTA Online…
After eight years, and over 40 updates, GTA Online still has plenty of content left to give, apparently.
Rockstar has promised to “evolve” GTA Online with the power of the new consoles.
Including the aforementioned graphical overhaul present in the base game, GTA Online will see a sleuth of new vehicles and a new addition to the Los Santos Car Meet; “Hao’s Special Works”.
Hao’s Special Works will see best-in-class vehicles and upgrades, a new class of races that specifically utilise these modified vehicles, and weekly time trials. Additionally, there will also be a “Premium Test Ride”, where players can get behind the wheel of these vehicles, for free.
GTA Online will, for the first time ever, be available as a standalone title for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. Plus, PS5 owners will be able to claim and keep GTA Online Standalone edition for free [for three months at launch].
With increased quality of life improvements, including a newly redesigned introduction and tutorial for new players and front-end Main Menu to allow for easier, quicker access to the game’s key areas, it might be the best time to jump into Los Santos.
Obviously, GTA V and GTA Online are massive games. The thought of dropping back in for returning players, therefore, might be a bit daunting.
Thankfully, Rockstar has a special one-time migration for consoles*.
Players can now [as of 4th March] begin transferring GTA V story mode progress via a save file to the Rockstar Games Social Club. And, from 15th March, players will also be able to migrate their GTA Online character progression as well. GTA Online migration includes any characters, progression, stats, vehicles, properties, weapons, clothing, GTA$, and player-created jobs. However, migration will be available on platforms within the same family [PlayStation 4 to PS5, and Xbox One to Xbox Series consoles].
GTA V and GTA Online standalone will be available – digitally – from 15th March on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. Additionally, a physical release will be available at some point this April.