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GTA Online Freemode Events – No PS3 Or Xbox 360 Release

The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of GTA V have been hot topics lately, particularly in the area of support for future DLC releases. Since it has become a growing trend in the AAA industry for publishers to pull content support for the last-gen versions of their multi-platform games,we were wondering when/if Rockstar might start doing the same.

It seems we didn’t need to wait long for an answer. Yesterday, Rockstar had finally announced the highly anticipated DLC content coming with the 1.29 update, Freemode Events. The nature of the in-game content has been the subject of much speculation in the past weeks.

Freemode Events won’t be coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 though.

… the Freemode Events Update is only for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. As we’d mentioned previously in our Asked & Answered series here at the Newswire (, future content updates like this one would only be possible on the newer and more powerful systems.


This development almost certainly means that no future DLC will be launching on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 platforms. While on the one had this is understandable, as certain hardware limitations may be holding the content back, and developing for so many platforms must be a strain on resources, we must also keep in mind that the overpowering majority of GTA V players are on the last-gen platforms. Technical support will obviously still be provided, however the next question is a rather pressing one: for how long does Rockstar plan to keep the GTA Online servers for the last-gen consoles running?

Now, if Rockstar decides to shut the servers down sometime soon, on the one hand they would consolidate the game a bit, having to focus on only three platforms as opposed to five, which would presumably free up a ton of resources. A server shutdown would also trigger a mass exodus of players making the jump to current gen, however there would be undeniable losses. Another thing to consider would be the inevitable PR fallout following such a decision, which would tarnish Rockstar’s reputation.

How do your Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 players feel about this, and the future of GTA V? Will you be jumping to current-gen?

Forza Motorsport 6 Trailer Recreated In GTA V

Another day, another spectacular Rockstar Editor creation. E3 2015 just wrapped up, with a ton of awesome new games shown off at the expo. Microsoft seemingly “won” E3 (until Sony came along, that is) with their announcement of backwards compatibility coming to the Xbox One free of charge, but that certainly wasn’t the only thing they had going for them. A bunch of Xbox One and Microsoft exclusives were also announced, or previously announced titles got their first trailers. One such game, exclusive to the Xbox One, is Forza Motortsport 6, successor to the Xbox One launch title.

The first gameplay trailer for Forza 6 was shown off at E3 2015.

What does Forza have? Cars! What else has cars? GTA V! What game has in-built gameplay recording and editing software? Also GTA V! You see where this is going.

Many fans were disappointed by Forza Motorsport 5 back when it launched on the then-newborn Xbox One, as they didn’t feel that the graphical and technical difference between it and the later racing games of the previous generation was large enough to warrant the “next-gen” descriptor. Current-gen car games started popping up, as Ubisoft released The Crew last year, and Forza Horizon 2 was also released. But hey, we’ve all had GTA for our racing needs, right?


The current-gen racing scene is a tad sparse, but we can look forward to a few newer releases soon to scratch this particular itch, and it seems that these titles will finally make proper use of the current generation’s hardware. We’ve already seen an improvement in the visuals of games released for Xbox One and Playstation 4 in the past year over the launch titles, and considering the massive difference between the launch titles of their predecessors and later games released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, we can look forward to some genuinely amazing graphics. (Or, you know, just play on PC.)

Are you guys looking forward to Forza Motorsport 6? What did you think of Forza Motorsport 5?

Rumor Says GTA V DLC Will Come to Xbox First


New single-player DLC for GTA V has been the source of many rumors for a while now, but the newest rumor is not about the DLC’s existence or content, but rather which platform will see it first.

Finance website Bidness Etc. believes Microsoft has made a deal with Rockstar to bring GTA V’s single-player DLC to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the game before any others, similar to how Call of Duty DLC has been handled. If so, the author expects the announcement to be made at E3 2015.

While it’s certainly possible, we’ve been unable to find the sources to back up this rumor. More importantly, it’s hard to understand such a decision from a business perspective. Timed exclusive DLC works as an incentive for players to buy one version over another, but this long after GTA V’s release, most people interested in it have already bought it.

Whether or not single-player GTA V DLC is in development is uncertain, but the rumor that it will come first to Xbox consoles is most likely wrong.

San Andreas Re-release is the Android Port


Xbox 360 players were pretty excited when Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was re-released for the Xbox 360 with achievement support, 720p resolution, and better draw distance than the original version. Reception to the new version was positive, and fans seemed satisfied with what Rockstar gave them… until Thursday.

Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry took a close look at San Andreas HD and realized it’s a port of the Android version, which released last December. It has better draw distance, but otherwise remains the same.

The article cites some valid criticisms, such as an unstable frame rate capped at 30 fps, but the harsh fan reaction seems mainly concerned with its very nature as a mobile port. Some have even said Rockstar should have left the Xbox Original version on the Xbox Live Store, instead of replacing it.

We didn’t hear any major criticisms of the new version when it was released. If it was a good game then, it still is, no matter what version it’s a port of. On the other hand, it is pretty recent, so maybe the frame rate issues are only now coming to light.

What do you think? Does knowing the new Xbox 360 Games on Demand version of San Andreas is a mobile port diminish your enthusiasm for it?

Bonus Content for Returning GTA V Players Revealed


Rockstar has finally given more information on the exclusive bonus content you’ll receive if you play the PS4, Xbox One, or PC version of GTA V with the Rockstar Social Club account you used to pass at least the prologue of the PS3 or Xbox 360 version. Previously, we knew these bonuses would include classic cars and new weapons, among other things, but today Rockstar released pictures and details about them.

Vehicles include the Dodo Seaplane, the Imponte Duke O’Death, the Cheval Marshall monster truck, and a Blimp.





That’s not all. If none of those vehicles appeal to you, maybe you’ll be more interested in the new Muscle Cars you can earn by winning Stock Car Races, or the Kraken Sub you’ll unlock as a reward if you document new animal species as Franklin.



As Michael, you can solve a murder mystery to unlock two Noir Style Filters for your photos, and earn a special Go Go Monkey Blista in addition to the regular rewards from the new monkey silhouette quest. You’ll also be able to get two new weapons: the Rail Gun and the Hatchet. Fans are especially excited for the Rail Gun’s power.

These screenshots look fantastic, and the bonuses are all exclusive loyalty rewards for returning fans who already played an older version of GTA V–more incentive for players to upgrade. There seems to be some confusion about this point. As far as we know, the bonuses described here will be available only to players who played GTA V on PS3 or Xbox 360 and will now buy the remastered version. Remember, it doesn’t matter which version you had originally, as either the PS3 or Xbox 360 version can be upgraded to the PS4, Xbox One, or PC version. Some fans who never bought the original consider this unfair, but look at it from the other perspective: this isn’t content being withheld from you, it’s a reward for fans who bought the game twice.

Additionally, Rockstar has confirmed that if you originally received bonus content from a Special Edition or Collector’s Edition of the PS3/Xbox 360 version, your content will carry over when you upgrade. Other players will be able to buy these items.

For the full details on GTA V’s returning player bonuses, take a look at the official announcement. Are you excited?

San Andreas Re-release Confirmed for Xbox 360


Yesterday, rumors surfaced about an upcoming re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The most compelling things about the rumor were the game’s sudden removal from the Xbox Live Store and the appearance of a set of San Andreas achievements.

Well, Rockstar has confirmed that the Xbox Originals version of San Andreas will be replaced by a new Games on Demand version starting on October 26. That’s Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the game’s original launch.

This new version will have achievements, 720p resolution, and improved draw distance. As far as we know, those are the only changes. You will not be able to transfer save files from your Xbox Originals version, although you’ll still be able to play it.

The rumor claimed San Andreas would be re-released for PSN and Steam as well, but Rockstar hasn’t said anything about that. We’ll keep you updated.

This New Mod Lets You Play As Any Character

GTA V Chop

Everyone wishes Chop was a playable character in GTA V, right?

Even if you couldn’t care less about playing as a dog, a new mod lets you change your single-player character into any character you want. Anyone. NPCs, animals, random pedestrians–as long as the model is in the game, you can use it.

Check out the video below to learn how it works.

Pretty cool, right? (Not to mention hilarious, depending on the character being used.) With great mods like this coming out for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of GTA V, we can’t wait to see the mods created once the PC version is released.

Check Out This First-Person GTA V Mod

GTA V first person

Remember back in January when we shared a video of a first-person mod for GTA V? That mod was created on the PS3 and worked with vehicles. Well, now another user has created a mod on a modded Xbox 360, and this one allows you to play GTA V in first-person while on foot.

Looks pretty good, right?

Mods for the PC are much easier to make, so when the PC version comes out later this year, we bet a similar mod will surface.

We can imagine, though, what it would be like if this was implemented in an official way. A first-person option in future GTA games? Grand Theft Auto on the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus? Would you like that, or do you think that would make the game less enjoyable?

GTA V: Last-gen Versus Current-gen Comparison

GTA V comparison

Last week, GTA V was officially announced for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. We got to see a trailer and some comparison screenshots, but thanks to DigitalFoundry, we can get an even better look at the extent of the visual changes.

This video re-creates the announcement trailer with footage from the PS3 version of the game, and places it beside the PS4 trailer for a comparison. Check it out.

As you can see, the changes go beyond mere polish. The wildlife and more dynamic environments are two aspects that really stand out. What do you think?

Rockstar Not Interested in GTA V on PS4


Speaking to The Guardian, Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser has said that he isn’t interested in bringing Grand Theft Auto V to the Playstation 4 (which also presumably means we won’t see it for the Xbox One either).

While Houser did say that Rockstar Games is interested in next-generation gaming technology (being one of the most popular gaming studios on the planet, you’d expect so…) his comments in respect of GTA 5 making a next-generation appearance seem pretty clear – they aren’t working on it.

Of course we’re interested. But no, not in terms of GTA, because we’re always working on the current game. We look at the tech at a more practical level: what will be ready for which game that we’re working on further down the line. We don’t have another GTA in development, we don’t work on three of these games at a time. That would be phenomenally depressing. So, in terms of GTA, no. We get pitched by the hardware manufacturers on what they’re planning to do and our tech guys come up with ideas on how that could be used. Does this influence design decisions? Of course. But we’re not sat there fantasising about 10 years down the line. We’re so busy with what we’re doing right now.

So if you’ve held out purchasing GTA V because you’re expecting an imminent PS4/Xbox One announcement, we think it’s time to go out and buy a current-gen copy NOW. That said, if you read a little into Houser’s comments above, it’s easy to see GTA 5 arriving on the PS4 and Xbox One in a year or more. They just clearly aren’t in any rush.