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How To Use GTA 5 Cheats
Cheats and the GTA franchise have a good long history together and the methods of entering cheat codes have changed with the times. Grand Theft Auto 5 has been released across 5 platforms and offers a number of different of methods to activate cheats that vary from system to system. Most veteran or even slightly experienced gamers will be aware of these methods, but GTA 5 has attracted a whole new demographic of casual gamers who might not know how to use cheats in the game.
Xbox 360 and Playstation 3
Players still gaming on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 systems only have one method available to them and that is the tried and true button combos. Basically, each cheat effect has an associated string of button commands that need to be hit in quick succession to activate the cheat. There is no special prompt or window to do this though, so you’ll need to do it during regular gameplay. Don’t let your character reacting to the commands distract you though (like entering cars, moving around etc). If it does however, you can always pause the game and enter them then, the cheats will still be registered. Keep in mind that the button combos are different for each system and make sure that when you’re trying to activate a cheat, you enter directional commands with the d-pad, not the analog sticks.
Xbox One and Playstation 4
Players who have upgraded to the current generation consoles and play on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 may also use the same button combinations, in which case they share the codes with their respective predecessor. However there is also new method for activating cheats that was introduced in the Enhanced Edition. By pressing up on the d-pad, you can access the in-game cellphone, and by dialling the numbers associated with the cheats, you can also activate them. While this is better than button combos because you can see what you’re dialling, it is a lengthier process unless you rely on the same cheat repeatedly. In this case, the redial function of the phone, which is the “*” button on the interface, allows for quick activation.
Things work a bit differently on PC though. While the cell phone cheats work on this platform as well (default keys for the phone are “T” and “Backspace”), button combos won’t work here. Instead, you’ll be using the developer console to enter phrases associated with cheats. Well traveled PC gamers will likely guess that the developer console can be accessed by pressing the tilde (~) key on the keyboard, and typing the phrase associated with the desired cheat into the prompt, then hitting enter.
In most cases, the cheats are pretty straight forward. Enter the code and the effect is activated. In a few cases, however, the effects are more complex. With the slow-time cheat, after activation it won’t turn off on its own. Entering it two more times will amplify the effect, while entering it for a fourth will turn it off (the redial function on the phone is particularly helpful here). The change weather cheat will cycle through all of the available weather presets in the game in a particular order. Using it once will change the weather to whatever kind is next in line, as will using it repeatedly. Once again, the redial function is a godsend for this cheat. Checking out our cheats FAQ for more helpful hints to get the most out of GTA 5 cheats.