Naturally, this means some players are still busy grinding away to become rich business moguls on PS4 and Xbox One, having not invested in (or struggled to find) a current-gen console: something the recent PS5 price increase certainly won’t help with.
Unfortunately, it seems that some of these players have begun to encounter some game-breaking issues that are inhibiting their enjoyment of the game, with the latest GTA Online update being cited as a possible cause of their suffering.
GTA player shows off purported issues on previous generation console
The thread on this topic in the GTA Online subreddit began with a post from user Cruddzoy, who shared a clip of their game appearing to bug out into a maze of pop-in and bad textures while running on an Xbox One S, saying: “[This is] what it's like playing GTA online with [an] old gen console, because we can't afford a new console.”
Some of their fellow last-gen legends were quick to back up their claim, with user Ozthedevil saying: “so true man, especially [in a] Public Lobby” and t_rave_art adding: “This is starting to happen on our Xbox One too. Not nearly this bad though.”
User cschoonmaker suggested that the issues aren’t exclusive to Xbox, saying of their PS4 version: “I have so many glitch and lag problems now after the last update that I’ve stopped playing. If it’s not going to change then I guess I’m done with GTA V.”
The supposed correlation between the issues and the introduction of the Criminal Enterprises update was also cited by user GuessWhoDidit_, who said: “I never had this issue before…it only started after the new criminal enterprises update,” adding that driving or piloting the game’s faster vehicles has become less enjoyable than before.
A few users cottoned onto the idea that the problems might be due to a strategy of “planned obsolescence” for last-gen versions of the game, with one user suggesting that the majority of server attention may have been diverted to the newer PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions.
On the other hand, user MrPurple998 sarcastically said of the footage: “Yo, the [Nintendo] Switch port looks fire.”