GTA 5, the remake of last year’s Xbox 360 and PS3 best-selling game Grand Theft Auto 5, arrived on the Xbox One and PS4 overnight. So far the experience has been mostly smooth, except for one crucial issue effecting Xbox One and PS4 owners alike. According to some isolated reports, GTA Online players who haven’t logged into the game this calendar year are having big issues transferring their characters to this new version.
Reports of users not being able to transfer their characters to the new versions of the game surfaced overnight, and Rockstar says it’s already looking into the issue. “We are looking into an issue preventing character transfer and GTA Online login on accounts that haven’t played GTA Online since 2013,” the developer’s support website reads. The post doesn’t offer any more detail on the issue besides that. Instead, it encourages users who are running into the issue to login in to the support website for an email notification on when the issue has been addressed.
Launched with GTA 5, Grand Theft Auto Online isn’t the single player narrative and story portion of the game. It’s actually a second world inspired by the game’s single player campaign. In Grand Theft Auto Online users create characters that are descended from the story’s characters. There are tons of races to compete and things to do in Grand Theft Auto Online. When tasks in the world are successfully completed players earn more money to build out their character with new clothing, more weapons and better cars and houses.
Of course, it’s an open-world online game so many players simply run around shooting at each other and teaming up for battles with other factions. Grand Theft Auto Online has its own in-game currency but players can also pump real money into the game. Rockstar has kept Grand Theft Auto Online exciting with a steady stream of new content updates and game modes ever since it debuted with GTA 5 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 last year.
With GTA 5 for the Xbox One and PS4, buyers are getting a better game than the original. The setting and characters are the same, but Rockstar makes use of the new consoles’ extra power in some exciting ways. The game looks much better than it did last year. There are more trees, shrubs. Weather effects look better and a lot of the world is rendered in much better detail than it was originally.
The most exciting feature of the Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTA 5 is the first-person mode. Since becoming 3D, Grand Theft Auto games have stayed in the third-person. This allowed users to see their characters and the area around them. It gave the game more of an out-of-body experience. Users can now become their characters in a way they couldn’t before. In this first-person mode players see their hands, the area around them. They don’t actually see themselves though because the camera is set at where their eyes would be.
Rockstar heavily modified the original game so that it could allow buyers to feel like they are their character in a way they couldn’t before. Every vehicle now has an interior and users see themselves reach for their phone or pull out a weapon. Reviews on the controls for this new mode are mixed, but they can be customized and Rockstar also added a way for players to switch between first-person shooting mode and the third-person view that they’re used to. All versions of the game will get online heists soon, according to Rockstar.
GTA 5 for the Xbox One & PS4 also includes new races, extra vehicles, and some exclusive rewards. Upgraders also get $1 million in Grand Theft Auto Online currency. Grand Theft Auto 5 for the Xbox One and PS4 costs $60 online or in store. Rockstar has plans to launch a PC version of the game next year.