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GTA Online next-gen update: Release date, GTA 5 changes, trailer

Published: 9/Sep/2021 23:09 Updated: 9/Sep/2021 23:13

by Connor Bennett


Rockstar Games have confirmed that GTA Online will undergo a next-gen update for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, but when will it be released? Here’s what we know so far.

Plenty of gaming fans are desperate to see Rockstar Games release Grand Theft Auto 6, but for now, the devs are continuing to pump out new content for GTA Online and Red Dead Online. 

They’ve already confirmed that GTA 5 and Grand Theft Auto Online will move over to its third generation of consoles with an  “expanded and enhanced” version – and possibly new content – coming to PlayStation 5 as well as Xbox Series X and S.


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GTA 5, released in 2013, has become one of the highest-grossing games of all time.

GTA 5 next-gen update release date

Originally set for a November 11, 2021 release, Rockstar has confirmed that the “expanded and enhanced versions” GTA V and Grand Theft Auto Online have now been delayed to March 2022 for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

At its conclusion, the announcement states that the “expanded and enhanced” version of GTA 5, which will have “technical improvements, visual upgrades, and performance enhancements” will be coming to PlayStation 5 in 2021. 

Also, the 20th anniversary of GTA III is on October 22, 2021, and Rockstar have teased some “fun surprises”, specifically for GTA Online.

GTA 5 next-gen trailer


We know now that both GTA 5 and GTA Online will be arriving at the same time, at least on Playstation 5.


After the delay was announced, Rockstar has said that the new standalone GTA Online will be free to download for three months after the game’s release. This is still conditional as you’ll have to be subscribed to PS Plus to take advantage of this opportunity, but it’s a nice gesture. PS4 owners will also be offered $1,000,000 of in-game currency every month until the next-gen update. 

This will be exclusive to the Sony console for a few months before it goes live on Xbox Series X/S. 

Upgrades on GTA V Expanded & Enhanced

With the power of the new consoles, we can expect some improvements to performance with the Expanded & Enhanced edition.


The PlayStation blog in Germany has revealed that the upgraded version will run at a “crisp 4K resolution and you make the city extremely smooth and unsafe thanks to a smooth 60 FPS.” (Translated from German)

PlayStation GTA blog post
The PlayStation blog claims GTA 5 Expanded & Enhanced will run at 4K 60.

Will GTA Online characters carry over to PS5 & Xbox Series X?

For anyone worried about potentially having to start again when it comes to GTA Online, that doesn’t look like it will be the case. 

When the Xbox One/PS4 versions went live, it was a simple case of carrying on. However, leaks have suggested that players will be given the chance to transfer their character or start anew. 

While these leaks come from reputable insiders, Rockstar could change things during development, and these plans could be scrapped. We’ll just have to wait and see.


GTA Online leak next-gen consoles
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GTA Online players will be able to transfer their characters and progress to next-gen consoles.

Will there be GTA 5 DLC?

As for single-player DLC for the next-gen update, it’s unlikely we’ll get that. It’s been nearly a decade since the game originally launched, after all.

Either way, we’ll keep this post updated as and when Rockstar starts to reveal new details – or they’re leaked ahead of time. So, keep checking back with us.