Cross-play limitations for GTA Online on PS5 are disappointing in the modern era

The world has changed in the last nine years. That’s true of all aspects of our lives; the way we interact with and consume entertainment included. Perhaps that’s why the limitations on GTA Online cross-play Between generations and platforms feel so significant, particularly as the established criminal enterprises that inhabit San Andreas begin to inevitably schism following the enhanced edition release on March 15. PS4 and PS5 GTA Online owners can not play together, nor can those split between the Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions of the game, and PC players remain secluded on an island surrounded by mod-infested waters.

GTA 5 crossed into a third console generation this week, arriving on PS5 and Xbox Series X with a raft of new-gen enhancements – improved load times, texture quality, graphical fidelity, frame rate, and more. Initial playtests suggest that developer Rockstar Games has done a hell of a job here, somehow dragging more life still out of the blockbuster GTA 5 Story Mode and dynamic playground that is GTA Online. If I didn’t know otherwise, it would be difficult to believe that GTA 5 launched in 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360.

GTA Online cross-play limitations

You’ll need to use backwards compatibility if you want to play with your friends cross-generation (Image credit: Rockstar)

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