GTA

GTA Online Winter update: Christmas snow event, free cars & bonus cash

Published: 22/Dec/2020 10:44 Updated: 22/Dec/2020 16:41

by Connor Bennett

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Grand Theft Auto Online’s annual winter update is here, with snow falling around Los Santos and Rockstar handing out gifts in the form of free vehicles. 

For the past few years, Rockstar Games have celebrated Christmas in GTA Online with snow, decorations around Los Santos, and even adding new content like snowball fights. 

This year is no different. Following the Cayo Perico heist update, which most GTA Online players assumed would bring the holiday celebrations with it, Rockstar have rolled out their official Christmas update. 

It’s not a major download like the heist, but instead, it’s just a server-side update that takes the place of the weekly updates that are typically released on a Thursday. So, everything you see here is live now and can be messed about with as soon as you load the game up. 

GTA Online map covered in snow
Rockstar Games
Los Santos is always coated in snow over the Winter.

Snow in GTA Online & free masks

The biggest thing, every year, about these winter updates is the snow. It just covers Los Santos, and while it won’t really affect your driving, the new weather make for some nice photos. 

Again, alls you have to do is drop into a game and the streets should be covered in the stuff. You may see some players really getting into the festive spirit with some new clothes because all festive masks are free too.

Simply head down to any store that sells masks, and you’ll see that every festive mask is free for you to claim. So, scroll through the list and take what you want. 

Just a quick reminder that all the Festive masks are also free throughout the event, including ones from previous years. from gtaonline

Free cars & new cars in GTA Christmas update

Additionally, there are other free gifts than just festive-themed masks. The Grotti Brioso is free from Southern San Andreas Super Autos, rather than costing $610,000.

There is also a new car on the casino spin wheel that is just a little nicer than the Brioso. That’d be the $2,550,000 Progen Tyrus. So, if you hit the jackpot, you’ll have a super sweet ride to cruise around with in the snow. 

You can also buy the second go-kart too – the  Dinka Veto Modern. It’s not free like the previous log-in bonus, however. The Grotti Italia RSX is also new to the fold, and available from Legendary Motorsports.

Cash bonuses: Stunt and Transform races & Good Behavior

As for bonuses, it’s double money on Stunt and Transform Races. So, drop into a few of them if you want to build up cash.

It’s also triple money on good behavior bonuses. So, if you just trot around Los Santos without hurting anybody, you’ll get a nice chunk of change pretty quickly. 

New radio stations: The Music Locker & Still Slippin

If you want to listen to some new tunes, well, you’re in luck. The Music Locker and Still Slippin radio stations are now available for everyone.

You can still pick up the antenna collectibles for the latter too, and earn yourself a nice $250k cash bonus. Check out our guide for that, here.

These bonuses, free cars, and snow won’t last forever, so you should jump into GTA Online at some point sooner rather than later. 

If anything else changes, we’ll be sure to update this piece, so, keep checking back in with Dexerto.

Overwatch

Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
Blizzard
These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”