With GTA Online getting a standalone release in the near future, and next-gen support on the way, folks are going to be curious about cross-platform play. With cross-play, multiplayer titles increasingly support Xbox users playing with PC users, PlayStation users playing with Xbox users, and so on.
Will GTA Online have cross-play?
As of November 2020, Rockstar Games hasn’t yet announced any plans for online cross-platform play. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen down the road as the game evolves for next gen and players migrate to new platforms. But, for now, the game doesn’t support any kind of cross-platform progression or multiplayer cross-play.
If it were ever going to happen, cross-play would likely arrive in GTA Online around the time that the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game cease to get major content updates. So we’re looking at a timeline of one to three years, most likely, if it happens at all.
If Rockstar decides to focus all its efforts on Grand Theft Auto 6 (or whatever the next game ends up being called), the developers may save such functionality for the sequel. Fingers crossed.
The Cayo Perico heist
“On Tuesday, December 15, GTA Online raises the stakes once again with its biggest update yet: the Cayo Perico Heist, featuring an all-new exotic location and a brand-new approach to heist design that for the first time will let players tackle the entire heist solo or with a crew of up to three other players,” Rockstar said in an email.
“Along with the challenge of finding a way to infiltrate and rob one of the most secure private islands in the world, players can also expect new social spaces to party with friends, new world-class DJs, and radio stations with over 100 new songs, plus a host of vehicles and weapons, a heavily armed submarine HQ, and much more.”
A standalone release of GTA Online is expected to launch in 2021, along with new versions of GTA 5 optimized for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.