Grand Theft Auto V is now something of a veteran of the gaming world, having made its debut back on the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2013. But its popularity remains stratospheric, and Rockstar has confirmed that GTA V will be coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X in an "expanded and enhanced" format. Today, we'll be looking at what that actually means, as well as telling you what we know about the GTA V release date.
GTA V Release Date
GTA V is, of course, already playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X, thanks to the wonders of backwards compatibility. But we're here to talk about the bespoke next-gen versions of the game. Originally expected to be released on 11 November 2021, the release window has now been pushed back as far as March 2022. At the time of writing, we still don't have anything more definitive.
We also know that the standalone version of GTA Online will be launched in March 2022. This too had been expected earlier. But the perks being offred remain unchanged: PS Plus members who play GTA Online can claim an extra GTA$1,000,000 every month that they play via the PlayStation Store, up until the game launches in March 2022. PlayStation 5 owners will also be able to download the standalone GTA Online for free for the first 3 months from launch. Xbox users will, unfortunately, have to pay for it. Rockstar have yet to tell us exactly how much though. But what else do we know about the new version of GTA V?
Rockstar doesn't exactly have a reputation for being forthcoming with the details about their games. They have confirmed that the game will benefit from "a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements...making the game more beautiful and responsive than ever". The speculation around this (helped in part by the official PlayStation blog in Germany) suggests we can expect 4K graphics, 60 FPS, faster loading times, and seamless character switching, among other things. GTA Online will allow select vehicles to be upgradable, offering speed improvements "and more".
They have also promised "new features and more". Although what exactly this means, is still a mystery at this point. While the lack of detail is a tad frustrating, especially given the game has been delayed by another few months, we can surely expect some more information to drop as we approach March.
What About GTA 6?
It's been a very long time since GTA V was first released, and lots of people are wondering why Rockstar is bothering with remastering this game for its third console generation when it has already sold over 130 million copies. Is there really going to be as much demand as there will be for an entirely new game?
It's an entirely reasonable question. But the basic fact is that we know almost nothing about GTA 6, save for an extremely fertile rumor mill, that may or may not be accurate. The game isn't ready yet, that much is clear. There are plenty of suggestions for a release date around 2024. But at this point, it's all guesswork.
The likelihood is that because of the expected gap before a new GTA game is released, Rockstar is doing what it can to maintain interest in the franchise, GTA Online remains immensely popular, and at least this way, they are giving players on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S something more bespoke for their hardware.
We've put our countdown timer below, to give you a rough idea of when GTA V will arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. At this point, a rough idea is all we have. But we'll keep you up-to-date, as soon as we know more.