Rockstar Games has announced that the enhanced, new-generation version of Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles on November 11 2021.
When it launches, GTAV will become one of very few titles ever made available in the same form across three generations of console. The title is coming up on eight years old, launching on PS3 and X360 in September 2013, and is already one of the best-selling video games of all time, with 140 million sales cumulatively across two console generations and PC.
Of course it’s currently available to new-gen console owners through backwards compatibility with the PS4/XB1 version, but Rockstar has been working on this new version to take advantage of the PS5/Xbox Series technologies and capabilities.
Details are scarce right now as to precisely what that means, but you can expect quicker loading times, more detail and greater draw distances, and improved audio. The PS5 version will likely also use the new functionality of the DualSense controller.
Rockstar also notes that the PS5/Xbox Series versions of GTAV will be “expanded”, although we’re going to have to wait to discover exactly how.
As well as GTAV, a new-gen version of the standalone GTA Online title will also arrive on November 11. This too is “expanded and enhanced”, and again we’ll need to wait to find out the nature of both.
However Rockstar did share that there’ll be some “fun surprises” in store to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the title that essentially launched the series in its current form, Grand Theft Auto III.
There’s another interesting bonus for PlayStation 5 players too. When GTA Online lands on November 11, it will be available for free, for three months. That’s the latest way in which PlayStation owners benefit from some Rockstar love, as right now all PS4 owners with PS Plus can get $1m of in-game currency for free every month — equivalent to $16 in “Shark Card” microtransactions.
With a little under six months to go to launch, there’s still plenty of information to come on the two titles, so keep watching this space.
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