Does GTA Online have crossplay? PC, Xbox & PS5 cross-platform info

Official artwork for GTA Online featuring a crashed helicopterRockstar Games

GTA Online has millions of players on platforms like PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, with the community still expanding due to frequent content updates, but if you and your friends play on different platforms, check out this guide on the availability of crossplay in GTA Online.

Many multiplayer titles nowadays come with crossplay, and for good reason. It lets developers release their games on many different platforms without limiting the accessibility of players. We see this trend beginning with titles like Fortnite when it was released in 2018 and today you can find it in Madden NFL 24, Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, Warframe, Street Fighter 6, Redfall, and any other major multiplayer release.

Due to regular updates like San Andreas Mercaneries, GTA Online is still one of the most popular games on the market. However, we must remember that it came out in 2013, and that crossplay wasn’t as common back in the day for multiplayer games that were released on different platforms.

So, let’s learn if GTA Online has finally added crossplay for its massive communities on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

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Does GTA Online have crossplay?

Despite being available on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, GTA Online does not feature crossplay, meaning players can’t join friends on other systems.

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Do note that the Expanded and Enhanced versions of GTA V and GTA Online also do not support crossplay meaning that players with previous-gen versions cannot play with the ones with the Expanded and Enhanced versions.

To still play with your friends who have the previous-gen versions of GTA V and GTA Online, you’ll have to load the previous-gen version on your Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5.

Can you play GTA Online with people in the same system family?

While GTA Online doesn’t have full cross-platform play capabilities, you can play GTA Online with people using systems in the same console family.

That means if you have an Xbox Series X, but your friends own Xbox Ones, you can still jump into lobbies together. The same applies to those who own PS4s and PS5s. However, ensure you’re playing the same version of the game.

GTA Online characters posing with guns and masksRockstar Games
Role-playing in GTA Online servers is still popular among millions of players.

Can I play GTA Online on PC with friends using different launchers?

GTA V is available on a number of different launchers on PC, including Steam, Epic Games, and Rockstar’s own program.

The good news is that you don’t need to all have the same version of the game, as PC players can play GTA Online with anyone using a computer, regardless of which platform they own the game.

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Why doesn’t GTA V have crossplay?

When Rockstar’s GTA V and its online component first launched in 2013, crossplay was a mere fantasy for gamers. This was nearing the end of the Xbox 360 and PS3’s lifecycles and various agreements between Xbox and PlayStation prevented crossplay from being a reality.

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GTA V then launched on the Xbox One and PS4 in 2014, and the PC edition came a year later in 2015. This was still before crossplay became something gamers expected from new releases.

Cut to 2018, and Fortnite set the bar for crossplay across games. For the first time ever, players on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and even Nintendo Switch and mobile could play together. This has now become the standard for multiplayer games, but GTA Online is yet to make the jump.

Never mind the coding required, a significant amount of balance tweaks need to be made for a game to fairly become cross-platform. PC players can take advantage of higher graphics and framerates, while console players have aim assist, and these all need to be considered to make a fair playing field.

It’s likely that a lot of work would need to go into making GTA Online cross-play, and this doesn’t coincide with developers’ current plans for the game.

Will GTA Online ever get cross-platform play?

While some Grand Theft Auto fans hoped the release of the Expanded & Enhanced Remaster of GTA V would bring crossplay, this isn’ the case.

With the game now rolling out across regions, this was likely the last chance Rockstar had to add cross-platform play to the game. Rockstar will now focus on GTA 6, which makes it unlikely that crossplay will be added to GTA Online in the future.

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GTA Online grants players a lot of freedom in terms of deciding their identity and role.

Will GTA 6 have crossplay?

Rockstar have officially confirmed that they are working on Grand Theft Auto 6, although details about the game and its release date are thin on the ground.

With the developers still quiet on what will be included in the game, it’s impossible to know for sure if GTA 6 will have cross-platform play. If it wants to match up with the latest games on the market though, Rockstar will have to ensure crossplay is included in GTA 6.

Well, this was everything to know about the crossplay functionality in GTA Online. For more content on the game, you can check out:

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