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GTA 5 On PS4 Is Exclusive To Prime Members On Amazon

Amazon, known to very, very often put GTA V on sale, known as one of the largest global distributors of… well, everything, known as a massive financial powerhouse have just made a decision that was probably thought up by a deranged mollusk. As part of an absolutely baffling new policy, Amazon has added certain video game to the list of items available exclusively to their Prime subscribers.

Amazon Prime is a subscription system where members get discounts on all purchases, access to special deals, faster and cheaper shipping and a plethora of other, less important bonuses for an annual fee of $99.

In 2014, Amazon began to wall-off some products, making buyers unable to purchase them from Amazon as the seller unless they were Prime members. The community reacted to this in a way that you would expect. Despite the outrage and loss of customers, Amazon decided to add to the list of Prime-exclusive items.

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However, up until now they stuck either to niche products or categories which aren’t the biggest sellers. Their most recent move? Make GTA 5 and Fallout 4, two of the best selling and most popular video game currently available, Prime exclusive.

Granted, they only walled off the PS4 edition of GTA 5 and the PC version of Fallout 4, but the move is still an extremely illogical one. Potential buyers who otherwise aren’t Amazon regular will not pay a hundred bucks just so they can pay for something again, if they can get it with just one payment somewhere else.

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Of course, you can still buy these items from the Amazon website, but from other buyers – which, depending on source, carries some risk. In this case Amazon just takes a percentage off the top so they’re still making money off of this!

Amazon seems to be a dangerously schizophrenic entity. One day they come up with extremely good ideas like 20% off for all newly released and pre-ordered games, or care-packages sent to Prime members as a bonus. On others they come up with crap like this.

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For how long and based on what certain items are tied to Prime exclusivity is unknown, but based on Amazon’s official statement, it might have something to do with stock, but in the case of these two games, that makes no sense.

From time to time, Amazon offers exclusive selection and pricing on select items for Prime members. Customers who are not Prime members can sign-up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime to benefit from these exclusive prices or they can purchase these items or similar products from third party sellers often fulfilled and shipped by Amazon.

The community outcry against this has been the loudest one among those opposing Amazon’s aggressive pushing of their Prime service. Loyal customers who personally don’t see the subscription to be worth the money for them particularly feel cheated, especially if they use Amazon with such frequency that they generate more revenue than the average Prime member.

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Amazon has also introduced some changes to the membership program recently, such as adding a monthly subscription option for $10.99 (which adds up to $132 a year as opposed to $99) and a Prime Video-only option for $8.99.

Despite its age, GTA V is still selling extremely well. Between the three versions, the next-gen console ports are the best sellers. Based on the PS4’s popularity advantage over the Xbox One, chances are that version sells the most. Amazon have potentially cut themselves out of hundreds of thousands of sales due to this move, as despite their aggressive campaign, the number of Prime members is still pretty low.

Are you an Amazon Prime member? How do you feel about this new move?

GTA V PS4 Bundle Discounted On Amazon

We’ve got some good news for those of you who’ve been looking to upgrade to the current console generation along with grabbing a few great games right off the bat at a cheaper price – Amazon has discounted the Playstation 4’s Black Friday bundle that was introduced last year for the mentioned occasion. The bundle comes with GTA V, The Last of Us Remastered and of course the PS4 console itself.

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This is hardly the first time GTA V has been discounted on the PS4. Rockstar’s massively popular game is usually on sale constantly, moving between platforms and retailers with stunning frequency. Discounts appear and disappear back to back all the time. Prospective buyers pretty much have no reason to buy the game full price, as it is on sale for each platform at least once a month, but usually more frequently.

Not only that, but the sales are becoming more and more generous. The lowest price record of GTA V was broken just recently, pushing the game’s price below the $30 mark for the first time. Shark Card sales are also becoming more frequent in recent weeks, so buying up some in-game cash is getting more affordable.

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The bundle contains the base PS4 500 GB console with all the doodads (cords, camera, headset, one controller) and digital activation codes for both games. The bundle was originally intended to be a Black Friday exclusive, to be snatched all up by the ravenous hordes of ferocious shoppers, however surprisingly enough there were plenty of leftovers.

At full price, this console bundle goes for $519.97, however if you purchase from Amazon you’ll get it for 12% off plus free shipping. Now, 12% may not look like much at first glance, however considering that the discounted price is $455.50, meaning buyers save $64.47, shows that it isn’t all that insignificant. The price of a newly released AAA game comes off the console bundle – so you’ll have enough left over to nab a third title for your new and shiny PS4.

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Jumping in on the PS4 might be a good idea, as Sony will be releasing the Playstation VR device this October. Obviously, you’ll need a PS4 console to use the device, so why not cash in on the discount?

At the same time, you might want to consider holding off on the console, as Sony is allegedly working on a “PS4.5” with a beefier interior, able to support 4K.

Will you be nabbing this GTA V console bundle, or are you holding off?

GTA V’s Current-Gen Editions On Sale

Just when you thought the seemingly endless stream of discounts for GTA V were at an end, Amazon has arrived to prove you wrong. Over the months, GTA V discounts and sales have been following one another back to back, with the PC being the most prevalent among them.

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Even so, the PS4 and Xbox One version have been getting plenty of attention from various storefronts. This year, the more important sales were the Steam Lunar New Year sale and the Playstation Essentials sale earlier this year.

GTA V’s sales are ever increasing even so long after launch, leading to Rockstar’s and Take Two’s rather grandiose plans for the game’s future.

Of course these sales are a pretty significant contributing factor, seeing as they allow gamers with a somewhat tighter budget to jump in as well. GTA V is a prime game in that regard by default, considering the sheer amount of content you get for your money.

With both the massive single player campaign and GTA Online with its constant stream of free updates included, this is one of the best valued games currently on the market.

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Currently, the Playstation 4 and Xbox One version of GTA V are discounted on Amazon’s Canadian site. The prices are slashed by 43%, meaning the game can be bought for CDN$ 39.99 instead of CDN$ 69.99. Add to that free worldwide shipping and you’ve got a pretty solid deal.

Possibly the only downside of cashing in on this discount is that any version of GTA V bought from the Canadian Amazon site will not contain the one million in-game currency for GTA Online most current-gen versions of the game come with.

Considering how difficult it is to accumulate money in the game, that one million is a solid boost, however there are plenty of ways to grind up that amount through gameplay.

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While sales and discounts are aplenty, it is quite surprising that GTA V has managed to retain its full price for such a long time. Games like this are only released ever so often when the planets align and the ancient prophecies are fulfilled – not only has the average number of sales slightly increased over the years since the initial release spike, the price has remained constant.

Despite the numerous discounts, countless people are still buying the game full price, which is quite the feat as well.

Have you guys upgraded to current-gen GTA V, or are you waiting for an even better discount?

GTA V PC Discounted On Amazon

The sky is blue, the grass is green and GTA V is on sale. A different platform and different retailer, but discounted nonetheless. These sales are being handed out like candy as retailers know for a fact that GTA V sells really well when the price is slashed a tad. Of course it sells really well at full price too, since, you know, it’s GTA V.

We’re talking about a game that has sold over 60 million copies and rates are only going up. This is a three year old game outselling the newest AAA massively hyped releases consistently. Hell, the game’s soundtrack is bringing in massive profit.

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Next in line for the daily discount duty is one of, if not the largest online store fronts in the world. Amazon ships everything everywhere, has been around for two decades and has an ever growing customer base. They stock every version of GTA V be it physical or digital, along with all available Shark Cards.

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Currently there is a 30% discount on the PC version of GTA V on Amazon, meaning the price has gone down to $39.99 from $59.99, a $20 decrease. The shipping is also free for the duration of the sale and if you order it within 17 hours the game will be delivered by Tuesday, February 16. The game is still full price on all other platforms and if bundled with any Shark Cards, so this is a standard edition PC fare only.

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GTA V is expected to continue moving units well beyond 2020 and these sales are what make that a realistic figure. Many players are still only now migrating from last-gen to current or re-purchasing the game on multiple platforms. The PC version is seeing adopters even among current-gen console players due to the modding opportunities in single player.

Any of you guys upgrading to current-gen GTA V during this sale?

GTA Liberty City Stories Released On Android

After last year’s release of GTA Liberty City Stories on iOS the mobile port of the spin-off game has finally made its way to Android devices.

Following the tenth anniversary of GTA III a few years back which Rockstar celebrated by porting the legendary game to mobile devices, all 3D era games have gradually gone portable. Vice City, San Andreas and now Liberty City Stories are all available on both iOS and Android. Allegedly a version of LCS is coming to Amazon devices however there is no official word on when to expect it.

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Liberty City Stories’ arrival to mobile wasn’t as much of a surprise as Rockstar had intended. Not only were players expecting it since it would be next in line for the mobile treatment anyway, but the rating of the game leaked a few days ahead of the official announcement. Apparently Rockstar makes quite a bit of cash off its mobile ports, suggested by how strongly they pushed this version on the Newswire, their own announcement platform.

One of their biggest stunts was a giveaway that possibly was the biggest one in the developer’s history. Anyone on the Social Club had the chance to win either the most recent versions of an iPad or iPhone with one-of-a-kind hyper-detailed LCS themed paint-jobs. These weren’t shoddy skins either, but automotive class work.

Logging in to the Social Club through the LCS app will get you some sweet new shirts in GTA Online.
Logging in to the Social Club through the LCS app will get you some sweet new shirts in GTA Online.

The Android version of Liberty City Stories is virtually identical to the iOS one, the only difference being you don’t need to own overpriced fashion devices to be able to play on the go. The controls of the game have been adapted to touchscreens, the draw distance and textures have been improved, and general game stability is better than it was on the PS2 original.

Do we have any long time Liberty City Stories fans here, or is this your first encounter with this GTA installment?

GTA V Still Used To Promote Consoles

Typically when consoles are sold in bundles with games, the games are either recent releases, or the bundles were put together close to the system’s launch with either exclusive or highly popular games being sold in the same pack as the console itself.

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It seems that GTA V’s popularity has given it a unique kind of longevity even as a promotional item. Amazon has a tendency to accidentally list items before they’re supposed to, which leads to some unintentional information leaks. Most recently, the French Amazon site listed two games with the all new 1TB Playstation 4 bundle.

One of the games should be no surprise. The Uncharted Collection contains the remastered entries of what is arguably the most popular exclusive franchise on the Playstation. It has been put together in anticipation of the upcoming final chapter, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Regardless, seeing as this site is dedicated to GTA V, it should not be hard to figure out what the other game was… Here’s a hint: it was released on current-gen consoles a year ago, and yet it got itself a place next to an anticipated exclusive release.

If the immense sales, continued popularity and constant news coverage wasn’t enough (how would that not be enough?!), this should be ample proof that GTA V is one of the biggest juggernauts of the gaming industry. The game has done incredibly well for both Rockstar and Take Two Interactive and the shareholder of the former should be very pleased. Plus with all these promotions and sale, plus with Story DLC possibly coming soon, the game’s popularity will only be going up.

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The 1TB PS4 is virtually identical to the launch model, save for the storage space, so if you’ve already got one of these beauties, now would not be the time for an upgrade. However, for late adopters, never before has there been a better time to jump into the current gen.

Any of you looking to pick up this PS4 bundle?

GTA Liberty City Stories Out Now On iOS, Android Coming Soon

Some time ago a leaked image of GTA Liberty City Stories rating for a mobile version made the rounds on the internet, suggesting that the game will soon be making its way to iOS and Android devices. This have meant the game followed the same path as its predecessors – GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas. Liberty City Stories was a prequel spin-off to GTA III, released initially for the PSP in 2005, and later ported to the system GTA was most cozy on at the time, the PS2.

The 3D universe GTA games have steadily been getting mobile ports in order, according to their respective 10 year anniversaries, starting with III. The ports feature a touch interface friendly control scheme, updated textures and visuals, longer draw distances and performance enhancements, all of which are coming to LSC with this port.

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Liberty City Stories’ iOS port is already available, and not only has it been announced for Android, but Amazon devices as well. The story of GTA LSC follows – wait, let’s see if you’ve heard this one before. Man with ties to organised crime comes back to city after living in exile because of a dark event in his past. He gets mixed up with the criminal underground, meeting friends and enemies, new and old, and is tied up in some new overarching conflict.

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So, yeah, the story-line isn’t all that new to the franchise, but it has its own twists and turns setting it apart. Liberty City Stories also introduced some gameplay improvements over III, like new vehicles and weapons.

Rockstar is pushing a new cross-promotion model with this release. LSC’s mobile port is linked to the social club, and anyone who purchases the new release will get a free “I Heart LC” shirt in GTA Online – provided they’re playing on the Xbox One, PS4 or PC.

Did any of you play GTA Liberty City Stories back in the day?

Even More GTA V Discounts On Consoles

Yup, because apparently this still sells really really well. While the PC and last-gen sales did confuse us a tad, discounting the game on the PS4 and Xbox One makes sense to the extent that it gives last-gen players more incentive to upgrade. Not that the lack of any further DLC for GTA Online being released on the 360 and PS3 wasn’t incentive enough, but hey, spending money in video games may not be a priority for some.

However the timing of this particular sale should not be a surprise to anyone, considering that next week is Black Friday, the annual shopping spree holiday which is nothing more than a construct of consumerist society, and a minimum of five American people will be trampled to death by rabid crowds who just have to get that thing which is 50% off or something. (/rant)

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Amazon is holding a special pre-Black Friday sale event for their Prime subscribers, who can nick some special deals. A whole horde of video games had been discounted quite significantly, with some special edition pre-orders among them. If you’re a PS4 owner and are looking to pick up GTA V cheap, and also happen to be an Amazon Prime member, you’re in luck. The PS4 version of Rockstar’s record breaking blockbuster is discounted by 43% in the Black Friday Prime sale.

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Now, in the beginning of this article, we did write “consoles“, so members of the Microsoft crowd need not feel left out – in fact, Amazon is more generous to Xbox One owners, as they can get GTA V at a 43% markdown even if they’re not Amazon Prime subscribers.

Most other video game related sales this Black Friday focus on either very recently released titles, or highly anticipated upcoming releases – with heavy emphasis on special editions.

Any of you guys picking up GTA V today?

Amazon Offering GTA V For Only $39.99

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If you’ve been thinking about buying Grand Theft Auto V for some time now, and for some crazy reason haven’t, then this new deal from Amazon might be just the motivation you need.

They are currently offering GTA V on the various platforms (ie PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) for only $39.99 with free shipping.

There’s no much more to say than that really. This is a steal for one helluva game. Head to Amazon and buy it

Amazon France and Germany GTA V PC Leaks Were Accidental

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Rockstar still hasn’t told anyone if GTA V is on its way to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, even though retailers have begun to list it as available for preorder. These retail listings began with Amazon France and Amazon Germany, which caused a flurry of speculation due to Amazon’s general reliability.

In fact, a PC and next-gen GTA V wasn’t the first game to appear on these sites before its official announcement—Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition appeared on Amazon Germany before it was official, and that turned out to be true.

Now, we aren’t conspiracy theorists, but it would be a great way to build hype for a release by leaking information like that. When Edge asked Ketu Patel, the Amazon UK Category Leader of Video-Games and Software, however, he replied in no uncertain terms that it was an accident and that they would never do such a thing intentionally.

Nevertheless, even if the accidental listings aren’t marketing ploys, we’re still holding out hope for GTA V’s release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.