After months of speculation, we finally know exactly what improvements are coming Grand Theft Auto DRAW in its upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X release on March 15. The news came through official Rockstar Blogwhere developers share specifics about graphic updates, character moves, and more.
Most notable among the current-generation console’s improvements is a host of new graphics modes intended to allow players to tailor the experience to their own preferences. Fidelity Mode delivers 4K resolution at 30fps (fps) with ray tracing, while Performance Mode offers enhanced 4K resolution with 60fps targeted target. Finally there’s the Performance RT Mode, which works like a combination of the other two, with upscaled 4K resolution, ray tracing, and targeted 60fps.
Rockstar states that the new version of the game will also feature “increased traffic and population diversity, increased vegetation density, improved light quality through shadows, water reflections, and other elements.” . Plus improved anti-aliasing, motion blur, new explosions, highly detailed explosions, etc.”
Because of the SSDs in both current-gen consoles, games will also have significantly faster load times. Meanwhile, PS5 players can take advantage of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback for deeper immersion.
Grand Theft Auto Online, the game’s hugely popular multiplayer sandbox, is also getting some quality of life improvements, including an updated main menu and new intros and tutorials for new players. There could be a lot of them, considering that GTA Online will be available as a standalone title in the future and will be free to download and store for the first three months for PS5 users. Those who don’t receive the game during that time will have to purchase it later, though Rockstar has yet to share pricing details.
Finally, the player will have the ability to switch GTA DRAW and GTA Online characters from last-gen hardware to the PS5 and Xbox Series X. There will even be an option to switch to an entirely new platform. However, this will be a one-time move and will not be revertable.
PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of GTA DRAW will be the third major release of the beloved open world game. It first debuted on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, followed by a remake for PS4 and Xbox One in 2014. You can check out the new generation version when it launches on March 15.