One of the last generation's biggest hits has just arrived on Microsoft's subscription gaming service. Grand Theft Auto 5 is out on Xbox Game Pass today for console owners to tear up the streets of Los Santos.
In a press release, it's specified that this is only for Game Pass for consoles, meaning PC Game Pass users won't be getting in on the crimes and heists with Xbox One players. But if you do have a console, then Game Pass will net you access to Grand Theft Auto 5, while you'll need Xbox Live Gold (or Game Pass Ultimate) to get into the popular Grand Theft Auto Online section of the game.
Despite launching on the last generation of consoles, Grand Theft Auto 5 has remained a powerhouse in sales. Its longevity is certainly boosted by the continuous additions to Grand Theft Auto Online, an MMO-style Grand Theft Auto online world that has new missions, activities, and raid-like heists. The most recent expansion even added a retro arcade to play games in.
With how much money Grand Theft Auto 5 has accrued in its lifetime, it's easy to see why Rockstar is cool with it headed to the Game Pass service. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription-based service that lets you download and play any games in its catalogue, much like Netflix; that means another influx of new users, who will also be flooding towards the Online section's microtransactions as well.
So while PC players eager to hop into GTA Online's infamous role-playing servers won't be able to join in the fun, Xbox One players get a 2020 surprise. Honestly, the first good surprise of the year.