Rockstar Games Launches Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S on March 15, and many were wondering when the studio would reveal new details and show the game on its third generation console platform. That time has finally come, as Rockstar Games today revealed new details on what to expect in terms of performance and fidelity, how savegame transfers will work, when pre-orders go live, and more. again. He also shared new screenshots which you can see below.
Graphics and frame rate
Starting with the graphics, Rockstar said GTA V and GTA Online will bring “premium PC visuals” to the console, with multiple graphics modes and support for frame rates up to 60fps. . Gamers can also expect improved texture quality, ray tracing, and HDR options. Additionally, there will be faster loading times (huzzah!), 3D sound, and platform-specific features like haptic feedback on the PS5 version with the DualSense controller.
For graphics modes, Loyalty mode is the highest visual quality option, reaching up to native 4K (or enhanced 4K on the S-series) with ray tracing. In this mode, the frame rate is capped at 30 fps. For Performance Modegamers will experience 60fps gameplay, with enhanced 4K graphics on PS5 and Xbox Series X, with the Series S edition offering 1080p visuals.
There is also a hybrid mode called RT performance. It’s a trade-off between fidelity and performance, and it includes enhanced 4K resolution with ray-tracing at 60fps.
In terms of other improvements, GTA V and GTA Online for PS5 and Xbox Series X | S have better load times – although a specific comparison wasn’t mentioned, this could be a major boon for Online in particular. There’s also an increase in NPC population and traffic variety, Rockstar said. Players can expect more vegetation density and better lighting quality for shadows and water reflections. These new versions also have improved anti-aliasing and motion blur, as well as “new highly detailed explosions, fires and much more”.
For platform-specific updates, PS5 gamers can expect haptic feedback and dynamic resistance with the DualSense controller and its triggers. There will be “new sensations to weather effects, directional damage, rough road surfaces, explosions and much more”. There is also Tempest 3D positional audio support for PS5 and spatial audio support for Xbox Series X|S.
GTA Online Updates and New Content
In addition to these graphical and technical improvements, GTA Online is receiving new content in the form of additional vehicles from Hao’s Special Works.
“Hao’s Special Works includes best-in-class vehicle upgrades, a new race class using specially modified vehicles and a weekly rotation of Hao’s Special Works Time Trials, as well as a Premium Test Drive, where you can get behind the wheel of these newly modified vehicles for free,” Rockstar said in its announcement.
Rockstar also reminded fans that GTA Online will be offered as a standalone download on March 15 alongside the launch of GTA V for new platforms. PlayStation 5 users can get the standalone version of GTA Online for free for the first three months, and there was no mention of needing to have PlayStation Plus to take advantage of this offer.
Rockstar hasn’t announced any pricing details for GTA V or GTA Online, but pre-orders and pre-loading start on March 8, so we should know very soon.
For those new to GTA Online or those looking to start over, Rockstar has developed a new feature called Career Builder which allows players to create a new character and gives them an in-game payment of $4 million to spend on things like commercial properties, vehicles, and weapons.
GTA Online is also getting a range of quality-of-life improvements, including a new tutorial and a main menu update that lets them jump straight into modes like Heists, Freemode, Races, weekly content, Races and Adversary modes.
Regarding character transfers, players can transfer their progress from the story mode of GTA V and GTA Online from PS4 or Xbox One to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, even on all console platforms. The one-time migration option is available now, with separate instructions for GTA V and GTA Online. For GTA V, players can upload their save game to the Rockstar Games Social club.
“To begin this process, access GTAV on your current console account and navigate to the Game tab in the Pause Menu. From there, select the Download Game Save option. Please note that you can only store only one game save per platform at a time and saves will remain available for download for 90 days,” Rockstar said.
For GTA Online transfers, it seems a bit simpler. When first loading GTA Online on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, players will have the option to migrate their user-created characters, GTA$, progression, stats, vehicles, properties, weapons, clothing and jobs.
As previously announced, GTA V and GTA Online will release on March 15. Pre-orders and pre-loading begin March 8. The games will only be sold digitally until a certain point in April, when the physical versions are expected to release. More details on the physical releases will be shared later.
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