Grand Theft Auto V upgrade brings three graphics modes

After months of speculation, we finally know exactly what improvements are coming. Grand Theft Auto V in its upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X releases on March 15. The news comes via the official website rock star blogwhere the developer shares details regarding graphical updates, character migration, etc.

Most notable among the current-gen console’s improvements are a series of new graphics modes aimed at allowing players to tailor the experience to their own preferences. Fidelity mode offers 4K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) with ray tracing, while Performance mode offers enhanced 4K resolution with a 60 fps lens. Finally, the Performance RT mode, which acts as a combination of the other two modes, with improved 4K resolution, ray tracing and a 60fps lens.

Rockstar said the new version of the game will also feature “increased traffic population and variety, increased vegetation density, improved lighting quality through shadows, water reflections, and other elements. Plus improved anti-aliasing, motion blur, new highly detailed explosions, fires and more.

Due to the SSD in both current-gen consoles, the game will also have considerably faster load times. Meanwhile, PS5 gamers can take advantage of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback for deeper immersion.

grand theft auto online, the game’s immensely popular multiplayer sandbox, is also getting a handful of quality-of-life improvements, including an updated main menu and a new intro and tutorial for new players. There are probably a lot too, given that GTA online will be available as a standalone title in the future and will be free to download and keep for the first three months for PS5 users. Those who don’t get the game during this time will need to purchase it later, though Rockstar has yet to share pricing details.

Finally, players will be able to transfer their GTA V and GTA online characters from the latest generation hardware to PS5 and Xbox Series X. There will even be an option to migrate to an all-new platform. However, it will be a one-off and irreversible move.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of GTA V will be the third major release of the beloved open-world game. Its initial launch on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013 was followed by a remaster for PS4 and Xbox One in 2014. You can check out the next-gen version when it launches on March 15.

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