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Is there a free GTA 5 next-gen upgrade option?

Owners of next-gen consoles will be delighted with the GTA release, and many are asking is there a free GTA 5 next-gen upgrade option?
Is there a free GTA 5 next-gen upgrade option?

After a long wait that included delays, the time is finally here for the next big drop in the long-running GTA franchise. Next-gen console users have surely been counting down the days to this as GTA 5 will finally enter the new era of gaming.

Initially scheduled to release in November of 2021, complications pushed the next-gen release back over a year, but the time has finally come. Beginning 15th March, players will be able to jump into a refreshed world of Grand Theft Auto as GTA V next-gen will be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X platforms.

The new release will require a separate download, with file sizes varying between consoles, leaving many players to ask the question. Is there a free GTA 5 next-gen upgrade option?

GTA 5 is there a free next-gen upgrade?

GTA V next-gen upgrade free
GTA 5 next-gen will be the first major GTA drop since PS5 and Xbox Series X were released. (Picture: Rockstar Games)

While the next-gen version is not quite yet available, there is currently a pre-load period for players who want to get their hands on the title the minute it goes live. Download specifications will be different for Xbox Series X|S vs. PlayStation 5, so follow along for details.

GTA 5 next-gen is available via two separate downloads for players who have different interests. GTA V next-gen (including single-player and GTA Online) is one option, and GTA Online can be downloaded as a standalone title as well.

GTA 5 next-gen upgrade Xbox Series X|S

For Xbox Series X|S players, GTA V (single-player story mode and GTA Online) will be available at a 50% off discount ($19.99 USD / £17.49) for the first three months post-launch. GTA Online (just the online multiplayer portion) will also be available as a standalone purchase for $9.99 USD / £8.99 for the first three months, which is also 50% off. After three months, prices will revert to full so be sure to act quick.

GTA 5 next-gen upgrade PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 users can purchase GTA V (single-player story mode and GTA Online) at 75% off for the first three months, costing only $9.99 USD / £8.75. There is also a standalone GTA Online option that will be completely free of cost for the first three months but will eventually cost $19.99 USD / £17.99.

Players can also transfer their GTA V progress to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 platforms so they don't have to start over in the next-gen version.

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Featured image courtesy of Rockstar Games.