Rockstar has announced that the next-gen versions of GTA V and GTA Online will be dropping on March 15 with a full suite of new features and visual enhancements.
In a blog post, Rockstar confirms the concrete release date for GTA V’s PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions after announcing a broader March 2022 release window late last year. After months of secrecy around which next-gen features these new enhanced versions will have, it’s spilled the beans to reveal that they’ll have, well, pretty much all of them.
“Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S features new graphics modes with up to 4K resolution, up to 60 frames per second, texture and draw distance upgrades, HDR options and ray-tracing, as well as offering the technical advancements of the latest console generation with faster loading times, immersive 3D audio, platform-specific features like advanced haptic feedback, and much more,” the blog post says.
Rockstar also confirms that PS5 players will also get a nice little incentive. The next-gen version of GTA Online, which will be a standalone from the main GTA V game, will be completely free for PlayStation players for three months after it launches.
To further incentivise new players, GTA Online is also offering new players a significant leg-up to help them go toe to toe with long-time players.
“New GTA Online players will now enter the Career Builder, with instant access to their choice of one of four illicit businesses — Biker, Executive, Nightclub Owner, or Gunrunner — and a sizable GTA$ windfall to help select a property, high-end vehicle, and the firepower required to kickstart their enterprise,” the blog reads.
GTAV and GTA Online come to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on March 15, with new graphics modes, technical advancements, and much more.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) February 4, 2022
Returning players will also get the option of restarting their account to take advantage of this offer.
Save data from the PS4 and Xbox One versions of GTA Online and GTA V can also be transferred to the next-gen versions via a one-time migration.
We can’t wait to see Los Santos in all of its shimmering next-gen glory – and to see if Rockstar has done any weird and wonderful things with the PS5’s haptic feedback feature.