Is GTA 5 & GTA Online Cross-Platform? Crossplay Guide For PC, PS5 & Xbox


GTA 5 is a sandbox action-adventure computer and video game. It is developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. GTA 5 was released in September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; April 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and December 2015 for Microsoft Windows.

The story of GTA 5 takes place in the fictional city of Los Santos. There are three playable protagonists, who you can play with at any time when not required to drive other characters around for story purposes. They are Franklin, Michael, and Trevor. GTA 5 is set in modern-day Los Angeles, San Diego, and the surrounding countryside in the Southern California region.

Los Santos is a fictional city based on real-life Los Angeles. The single-player story follows three criminals and their efforts to plan and execute one or more heists while under pressure from a government agency. The story is told through three protagonists who are playable at any time.

Is GTA 5 and Grand Theft Auto Online cross-platform?

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Is GTA 5 & GTA Online Cross-Platform? Crossplay Guide For PC, PS5 & Xbox

That’s a question that we see pop up every now and then – and it’s definitely one that deserves an answer. The short version is: no, there is currently no cross-platform play between the Windows PC edition of Grand Theft Auto V and either the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 versions of the game.

The only version of GTA V available for PC is a third-party mod that lets players wander around using keyboard and mouse, and you can play it with others (including console gamers) over LAN connections. But there’s no way to start up a match in your PlayStation 3 copy of GTAV and then invite someone on your PC into that same match.

That means you can’t play GTA 5 online with your friends who have the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 versions of the game, and vice versa. You could connect with them in Last Team Standing, where you’re all members of the same team, but not actually play alongside them or against them.

GTA 5 Online is an online game, after all, and Rockstar has certainly designed it with the idea that players would be playing alongside one another in lobbies. And that’s where we find our main source of frustration: not being able to play GTA Online with your friends who own the game on PlayStation 4 (or Xbox One).

It’s not like we don’t understand the reasons that Rockstar has laid out for this decision: cross-platform play would mean that you could be playing with (or against) a different mix of people on every platform, and they’d never be able to keep the playing field level. PlayStation 3 players would likely have much better gear than Xbox 360 players, for example, and that could unbalance the game when they’re all piled into one lobby together.

But in order to keep GTA Online fair, Rockstar has decided not to let PlayStation 3 players play with PlayStation 4 players. And they’ve also decided that it’s too complicated to let Xbox 360 players play with Xbox One players.

On the plus side, there is one minor benefit for PlayStation 4 players of this restriction on GTA Online: you get an extra free $100,000 added to your game bank account each time you log in. Since Rockstar isn’t leveling the playing field between console gamers and PC gamers on GTA Online, they decided to give PlayStation 4 players a head start.

When Will Crossplay Introduce To GTA 5 & GTA Online?

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As for the future? Cross-platform play has become a big deal in multiplayer games over the past few years, and it’s something that gamers are constantly asking developers to implement. So there is certainly a chance that Rockstar could rethink its position on this issue and enable GTA Online gamers on all platforms to play with each other.


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