GTA 5 for PS5 and Xbox Series X is more complicated than it should be

Pricing structures for GTA 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X are far more complicated than they should be. Whether you’re upgrading GTA 5 from last-gen to current-gen systems, or looking to buy GTA Online as a standalone game, there are a few things you need to know ahead of the edition’s release date. Expanded and improved for GTA 5 from March 15. Turns out there’s no free upgrade and some pretty big differences in the price of GTA 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X, with each system also getting its own limited-time discount window.

Much of the confusion stems from an agreement that has been put in place to GTA Online on PS5. Announced at the PS5 Future of Gaming event in June 2020, Sony revealed that GTA Online would be free for PS5 owners for the first three months and, as a bonus, PlayStation Plus subscribers could even claim a free set of cash. in play to spend. It’s a move that speaks to PlayStation’s longstanding relationship with the Grand Theft Auto series, and with it the tiered pricing structure you see today was likely born.

Say what you will about GTA 5 slipping into another generation of consoles, but it’s a hell of a way to close the gap to GTA 6. After all, Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the greatest video games of all time. In November, developer Rockstar Games has announced that the Grand Theft Auto series – from the original top-down game in 1997, through to its fifth mainline series entry first launched in 2013 – has totaled 355 million in sales; with GTA 5 itself accounting for nearly half that number. At ground level, none of this means much to individual players – but it’s why we welcome the enduring crime simulator (and its online offshoot, GTA Online) to its the third console cycle this week. Which is pretty amazing.

The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are still playable on current-gen hardware, but I have to admit, despite playing GTA 5 and GTA Online to death for the past eight years, I’m still looking forward to visuals in brilliant 4K resolution, frame rates up to 60 fps, ray tracing and, a big deal for me, faster load times. Before heading out for another city break in Los Santos, let’s first make sense of GTA 5’s complicated pricing on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

How to buy GTA 5 PS5

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GTA 5 PS5

GTA 5 on PS5 can now be purchased from the PlayStation Store and is available for preload. The game will cost $9.99 / £8.75 at launch from March 15 to June 14, with a 75% discount on its RRP. After June 14, GTA 5 on PS5 will then cost $39.99 / £34.99.

In terms of storage, it’s a biggy – with 86.84GB of free storage required. It should be noted that GTA 5 comes with GTA Online as standard and you should look for the PS5 logo at the bottom of the GTA 5 thumbnail on the PlayStation Store. If you can only see the PS4 version, open the thumbnail, tap the three dots next to “Wishlist” (“…”), and select the PS5 version of the game.

GTA Online PS5

Until now, GTA Online was still accessible through the main menu in GTA 5, but will now also be available as a standalone game. Like its stable companion in story mode, GTA Online on PS5 can be purchased from the PlayStation Store and is also available for preload. At launch on March 15, GTA Online will be free on PS5 until June 14, after which it will cost $19.99 / £17.45 standalone.

Additionally, PlayStation Plus subscribers can get a one-time free payment of GTA$1 million in virtual in-game currency for GTA Online by logging in at least once between March 15 and June 14, 2022.

Crystal clear? Here’s a breakdown of GTA 5’s no-frills pricing for PlayStation owners:

GTA PS5, until June 14:

GTA PS5, after June 14

How to buy GTA 5 Xbox Series X

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GTA 5 Xbox Series X

GTA 5 on Xbox Series X can now be purchased from the Xbox Store and is available for preload. The game will cost $19.99 / £17.49 at launch from March 15 to June 14, with a 50% discount on its RRP. After June 14, GTA 5 on Xbox Series X will then cost $39.99 / £34.99.

GTA Online Xbox Series X

GTA Online on Xbox Series can be purchased from the Xbox Games Store and is also available for preload. At launch on March 15, GTA Online will cost $9.99 / £8.99 until June 14, after which it will cost $19.99 / £17.45 standalone.

Here’s a no-frills price breakdown of GTA 5 for Xbox owners:

Xbox Series X, until June 14:

Xbox Series X, after June 14:


We’ll be diving into GTA 5 and GTA Online for PS5 and Xbox Series X this week to see what the new graphics and performance improvements bring to the look of Los Santos, but before we leave you to dig into your storefront of choice we should give one last piece of advice:

You will also need to follow a few steps if you want to transfer story mode progress from GTA 5 to PS5 and XSX. This is strictly for players upgrading from PS4 or Xbox One, but you might want to go through the steps in our handy guide before you get into the game properly.

So with that covered, I’ll see you on the streets of San Andreas. Watch out for me, I’ll be playing the role of a murderous garbage man who got too involved in the GTA Online mafia.

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