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When is GTA 5’s next-gen update? Release date, GTA Online changes, more

Published: 10/Jan/2021 15:26

by Connor Bennett


Rockstar Games have confirmed that GTA V 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.

However, despite confirming that a next-gen update is in the works, they’ve been tight-lipped on when it’ll actually be released. Though, there have been a few hints and leaks that have given us some clues. 

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

GTA 5 next-gen update release date

Rockstar confirmed that GTA 5 would be making the jump back in June, releasing a trailer that combined some of the iconic moments from the single-player story with GTA Online hijinx. 

At its conclusion, the video 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. 

If you dig a little deeper, however, Rockstar and Sony stated that this new version will be released in the “second half of 2021.” That means that we likely won’t see the new game until the summer at the very earliest. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.

When will GTA Online next-gen version release?

In the case of GTA Online, it seems reasonable that the updated version of that would launch at the same time as the single-player update. It’s just a case of when that will be.

PlayStation 5 owners, though, will be able to download a standalone version of the multiplayer side of things. This will be exclusive to the Sony console for a few months before it goes live on Xbox Series X/S. 

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
Rockstar Games
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.


Pokemon trainer gets Lv100 Shiny Blastoise in surprise trade, but there’s a catch

Published: 19/Jan/2021 12:03

by David Purcell


Shiny Pokemon appearing in surprise trades are moments some players will never forget, and for this trainer on Pokemon Sword and Shield, a reaction of jubilation was only natural after receiving a Blastoise. However, the story wasn’t all rosy. 

As regular players will know by now, Shinies are not just spawning all over the place in the Galar Region – nor are they in any other part of the fictional world. In fact, it takes serious persistence to get ahold of one legitimately, and there are a few tactics you can utilize to get better at finding them.

If you’re a seriously lucky person, though, trading can be a great way to grab one as well. Some really generous members of the community have been known to send Shiny Pokemon through this method, leaving the other trainer delighted.

Now, the reaction was of delight and excitement this time, but there was an ugly underbelly to what appeared to be a great moment.

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Pokemon Company
Gigantamax Blastoise, and its Shiny variant, can be found in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield surprise trade

As seen below, Reddit user Vegaworldpeace was extremely grateful for the gift. A Shiny Blastoise is a difficult Pokemon to get in normal circumstances, so to have one handed to you is a big deal.

They said: “Someone sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade!”

That being said, quite quickly a number of other users in the subreddit realized this one might be too good to be true.

Some one sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade from PokemonSwordAndShield


“Definitely hacked man. Sorry to say,” one posted, which led to a group of players hinting at the same possibility. After checking the Pokemon IVs and the trainer ID for the Pokemon, it was certain that the mon was definitely hacked – which led, they say, to the player releasing it into the wild.

“It looks like the original trainer was a shorten URL. I try to mess with no hacks so I’ll release it. Thanks for the info everyone, definitely wasn’t try to break any rules within this community.”

A few people had suspected that the post was advertising hacked Pokemon, which is something that’s been seen before in the subreddit. However, it appears to have been a genuine mistake.

How do you know if your Pokemon is hacked?

Screenshot of Shiny Charizard in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
Shiny Pokemon are not always what they seem.

There are a few indicators that your Pokemon may be hacked. It’s always handy to check after trading as well, especially if you want your team to be squeaky clean.

First of all, you can check the IVs of the Pokemon. If they are all perfect, chances are that your latest recruit has been hacked, but that’s not the only indicator. The Trainer ID connected to the Pokemon may also be blank, named after a website selling hacks, or a shortened URL.

These are the main flags to suggest it actually originated through hacks, not caught in a traditional way.

As always, we would encourage players to stay away from hacked Pokemon at all costs. If you ever have a problem, or suspicion, that one of yours may be hacked – tweet us @PokemonSwordNS at any time and we’ll check it out!