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Grand Theft Auto 5 is back on the Xbox Game Pass

They say that third time is the charm, so we're hoping this latest partnership between Rockstar Games and Xbox sticks.

Queue in the conspiracy theories that Rockstar Games is rolling out Grand Theft Auto 6 because the world's second-best-selling video game is finally back on the Xbox Game Pass.

Grand Theft Auto 5, one of the industry's most iconic open-world crime games, is back in the limelight with its reappearance on Xbox Game Pass. Subscribers are now able to jump back into the action-packed lives of Michael, Trevor, and Franklin on their consoles or via the cloud, making it a tantalizing prospect for the upcoming summer vacation.

After a somewhat transient relationship with Game Pass, this triumphant return marks the third time that GTA 5 has graced the service, stirring excitement among gamers across the globe. However, the length of its stay remains uncertain, keeping subscribers on their toes and adding to the buzz.

Rockstar continues to stay quiet about GTA 6 as the rumors about the upcoming game pile up.

This return is well-timed, with July being a relatively quiet month for big new releases. It provides an excellent opportunity for those who haven't yet experienced the infamous trials and tribulations of the game's protagonists. Moreover, it serves as a thrilling refresher for those eagerly waiting for the release of GTA6, rumored to be dropping as early as mid-2024.

Interestingly, the announcement of GTA 5's return to Xbox Game Pass coincided with the news that Game Pass prices are set to increase for the first time since the service's launch in 2017. Effective July 6, the regular Xbox Game Pass for consoles will cost $10.99 a month with the Ultimate package priced at $16.99 a month. This rate increase has set the stage for those intending to purchase or renew their subscriptions to take prompt action.

Grand Theft Auto 5's re-entry on Game Pass includes an enticing twist. For the first time, it features the Next-Gen Update, which was part of the game's Xbox Series X|S port last year. This allows subscribers to immerse themselves in enhanced features, such as ray-traced visuals, higher resolutions, and that coveted 60 FPS gameplay. This adds another layer of allure to the already eagerly awaited return.

GTA 6 has the tall ask of following up the second-best-selling video game of all time.

The game's availability extends to both Xbox One and the newer Xbox Series X/S consoles. The cherry on top is the ability to stream the game over the cloud, a feature that could be a game-changer for those who prefer mobile gaming. This seamless integration across platforms promises an engaging gaming experience for all.

However, not everyone is invited to the party. PC gamers are left out again. GTA 5 isn't on the PC Game Pass. But, at least, GTA 5 is currently available for a massive discount on Steam and playable on Steam Deck. Although hopes for an imminent PC Game Pass release seem distant, the prospect isn't entirely off the table.

While it remains unclear how long this third stint on Game Pass will last, it's a promising ride for those fortunate enough to jump on board.


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  1. My brother was happy about this. He had not played since his 360 days and wasn't going to buy the game again. So he can pretty much just pick up where he left off. He pays the sub for the pass every month.

  2. @EliteGamer,
    This is actually true. I can bet a lot of their income is coming from kids and just people that don't play that often. It makes sense I suppose.

  3. @8bitavenger,
    If it wasn't making them anything, it would have been canceled by now. It is probably mostly kids that shouldn't be playing the game anyways (lol) or people that work a lot and want faster access to stuff since they don't have enough time to play a lot.

  4. This is good for people that had not played it yet or no longer have their copy of the game. Though at this point, I am sure that can be recovered or accounted for.

  5. @EliteGamer,
    I don't know about that. I mean I am sure they are making good money with GTA + but I don't know anyone that has it. And maybe it does mean the game will come out sooner but they are still VERY early into production.

  6. A lot of people are saying that because they put it back on the pass, it is likely that GTA 6 is coming sooner than people think but also that they are seeing good increases in revenue from GTA +.

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"Hmm.. nice bike," as soon as he heard those words, Ray was hooked into the world of the GTA games. Since then, he's spent countless hours gangbanging the ballas and hanging out with Roman. He insists that GTA IV is the best Grand Theft Auto title of all time. Let Ray know your thoughts on Twitter or LinkedIn.