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GTA Online gets faster cars, new onboarding for new players on PS5, Xbox Series X

Rockstar details what’s new in GTA 5’s online mode

Three cars, one helicopter, and one explosion in a screenshot from Grand Theft Auto Online Image: Rockstar Games
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Grand Theft Auto Online, the competitive and cooperative multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto 5, is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X as a stand-alone title on March 15. On Friday, Rockstar Games detailed new features, including a new Career Builder aimed at new players and new types of races, coming to the “expanded and enhanced” GTA Online.

Like the single-player side of the game, GTA Online will get a visual upgrade when it comes to PS5 and Xbox Series X: up to 4K resolution, targeted 60 fps, improved texture quality, HDR options, and ray tracing.

New players — GTA Online is now more than eight years old — will also get a leg up with the Career Builder mode, which delivers GTA$4 million to spend on property, vehicles, and weapons, and a newly designed introduction and tutorial.

A trio of players aim guns in a still from Grand Theft Auto Online Image: Rockstar Games

GTA Online veterans will be able to carry their online characters over to the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions via the Rockstar Games Social Club, and upgrade their existing vehicles at Hao’s Special Works at the Los Santos Car Meet. Hao’s Special Works will unlock new vehicle upgrades, a new class of races, and weekly time trials. Players can even test drive those newly modified (and faster) cars for free.

Migration from previous-generation consoles to new consoles includes any characters, GTA$, progression, stats, vehicles, properties, weapons, clothing, and player-created jobs, Rockstar said. And while players can migrate progress across console generations and platforms, Rockstar warns that GTA$ will only carry over if done on the same console brand (i.e., PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5).

GTA Online will be free to download on PlayStation 5 for the first three months after its March 15 launch. Physical releases of Grand Theft Auto 5 and Grand Theft Auto Online are coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X in April.

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