GTA 5 Expanded And Enhanced FAQ


Now that Grand Theft Auto 5 Expanded & Enhanced is well and truly out, with GTA Online split off as a standalone title, and the game getting its proper, native debut on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, a swath of players new and old are getting acquainted or re-acquainted with the eight year old title. The new port brings many changes to the table, and this FAQ will answer your biggest questions about it.

What is new in GTA 5 E&E?

While the pre-release marketing for Expanded and Enhanced hinted at new content justifying the "expanded" portion of the title, the actual release is definitely much more focused on the "enhanced" side of things.

E&E brings real 4K, upscaled 4K, 60 FPS and HDR support GTA 5 and GTA Online alongside improved textures, particle effects, lighting effects, reflections and shadows across the Xbox Series X|S and PS5, while also sporting UI tweaks and decreased loading times. E&E also makes use of 3D audio and immersive controller feedback.

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In GTA Online, players can make use of the Career Builder to hit the ground running when starting out, allowing you to pick one business, several vehicles and other items which you'll own immediately when you start. You'll also get a starting cash boost to help you settle in. This feature was designed to make entry into the game more accessible following 8 years of constant DLC additions.

Speaking of DLC additions, Hao's Special Works also comes to GTA Online with this release, featuring new time trials, new races, new vehicles, new vehicle upgrades and more additions to the LS Car Meet, including a fun new feature allowing you to purchase exact copies of other players' custom vehicles.

Is GTA 5 E&E different on PlayStation 5 versus Xbox Series X|S?

There is minimal difference in so far as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X having complete feature parity, while the weaker Xbox Series S has different graphical presets available, and the settings of these presets are also tamer to account for the capabilities of the smaller consoles. There is no difference between the disc drive and digital versions of the PS5.

Is GTA 5 E&E available on PC?

Expanded & Enhanced is only available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Since the new edition does not actually contain new content for story mode, the technical improvements would not be as relevant on PC, which already possesses broad graphical options and compatibilities. The only thing currently setting E&E apart from the PC version is Hao's Special Works - but more on that below.

Is Hao’s Special Works exclusive to the port?

Yes - currently, at least. It isn't clear if Hao's Special Works is only a timed exclusive to E&E, but it is not accessible on any other platform. It makes sense to include incentive content not available on PS4 and Xbox One, but it is odd gating off content, which does not exist in the console ecosystem and does not have hardware limitations, from the PC. It is possible Hao's Special Works will see release on PC or other platforms later on, but there is no word on this as of yet.

Will all versions of GTA Online continue to receive updates?

It is not clear whether GTA Online updates will be made E&E exclusive going forward, or if it is only Hao's Special Works (as above). When the Enhanced Edition launched on PS4 and Xbox One, updates still arrived concurrently on both versions of the game for a short period of time.

Can I transfer my progress from a previous version of the game?

Yes - you can transfer both GTA 5 story mode and GTA Online progress. For story mode, you need to upload a save to the Rockstar Social Club, from where it will be imported. Your Online character can then be imported in-game. Note that only one save game can be stored in the Social Club at any given time.

Players have documented waiting periods when importing saves - it isn't instantaneous, and that is normal. A screen will inform you that the importation is still under way before booting you to the main menu. After the process is complete, you can pick up where you left off in story mode. In Online, you can choose to start fresh with the Career Builder, or continue from where you were.

Is GTA Online included in E&E?

GTA Online going standalone is one of the big talking points with this new release, but it is still included if you buy E&E. You can also choose to only buy GTA Online of course, which is cheaper and does not include the story mode for GTA 5. Right now, GTA Online as standalone is free to keep on PlayStation 5.

Can I transfer Shark Card money to a different console family?

Rockstar has announced that players will be able to transfer their earned $GTA to the new console, but not Shark card $GTA. Earned $GTA is the money earned doing missions and in-game activities.

The reasoning for this has not been confirmed, but it is likely to do with the Shark Card sales being made on either the Xbox or PlayStation stores, and commission payments that might be due to them.

Is cross-play enabled between the standard console editions and Expanded & Enhanced?

Unfortunately, no. If your friend is on a PS4 version, the regular version of the game, and you have the Expanded & Enhanced version on your PS5, you won’t be able to play together. Only players that each have the Expanded & Enhanced version will be able to play together.
Aron Gerencser
Aron is responsible for the bulk of the news posts that you'll find on GTA BOOM each and every day. He loves getting involved with the community and is an avid fan of all things Rockstar Games. His journey with the franchise began with GTA 2 back when it was new (all the way back in 1999), and he was a gamer even before then. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram.