GTA Online next-gen update: Release date, GTA 5 changes, trailer - Dexerto

GTA Online next-gen update: Release date, GTA 5 changes, trailer

Published: 10/Jan/2021 15:26 Updated: 11/Mar/2021 9:52

by Connor Bennett


Rockstar Games have confirmed that GTA 5 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. 

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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.


GTA 5 next-gen trailer

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. 

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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
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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.