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Rockstar improves save migration for next-gen consoles on GTA Online

Rockstar Games can't seem to do anything right in the eyes of fans these days even when it tries to do what's best for the community.

Rockstar Games has introduced an update to Grand Theft Auto Online's save migration process, promising a smoother transition for gamers upgrading across console generations.

Since its initial release in 2013, GTA Online has seen a steady stream of updates, expanding the virtual universe with every iteration. GTA 5 has metamorphosed, integrating narrative-heavy expansions like The Contract, featuring famed musician Dr. Dre, enhancing car racing dynamics with Los Santos Tuners, and introducing heists, as well as, most recently, bringing a San Andreas-themed update to GTA Online.

As the world prepares to make a full shift towards the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, years after the said consoles came out, the recent update simplifies the save migration to the current-gen consoles.

Rockstar's latest string of updates for GTA Online have had negative reactions even though they've been done with the best interests of players in mind.

Previously, a daunting dilemma faced players transitioning from PS4 and Xbox One to the newer versions of the game. Gamers found themselves unable to carry their hard-earned progress forward while preserving it on the older hardware. This limitation added a bitter note to the excitement of upgrading, a process that has since become cumbersome in comparison to the migration from the PS3 and Xbox 360 to the PS4 and Xbox One, respectively.

Thankfully, Rockstar has crafted a solution for modern consoles. With the recent GTA Online update, moving to the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S version prompts an alert. This informs the players that their save files from the previous version will transition forward, crucially without erasing the former one.

The alert also highlights potential risks, such as unspent Grand Theft Auto Online currency on the current character potentially being lost. However, seasoned players will likely notice a substantial boost in GTA$ as the save file transitions from PS4 or Xbox One to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

The updated save migration allows players to commence a fresh start, keeping progress on modern hardware separate from previous consoles. This change caters to players who want to retain their hard-earned in-game wealth and progress while enjoying the enhanced gaming experience on their new consoles. It's worth noting, though, that this migration is irreversible and can only be utilized once.

While many GTA Online players have been part of the game's community since 2013, those playing on PS3 and Xbox 360 are unfortunately left behind. As the community grows and more players upgrade to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, this new save migration tool may see extensive use.

In case you're wondering, there's a way to unmigrate your account from current-gen consoles, all you have to do is to ask Rockstar Games.

Despite the change being irreversible, the update ensures that players can continue to enjoy the last-gen version of the game, even after transferring their progress to the new-gen consoles. This is particularly beneficial for those who regularly play with friends who have not yet migrated to the newer consoles.

Of course, as with anything, Rockstar still finds itself in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't situation."

Fans are unhappy that it took Rockstar this long to do it for current-gen consoles when it happened almost immediately for the PS4 and Xbox One. It's unclear why Rockstar took its sweet time. But, the most important thing is that now, those with save files on the PS4 or Xbox One or the PS3 and Xbox 360 can finally move on the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X versions of GTA 5.


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  1. I got the Xbox 360 version originally and then later got the PC version when it was on sale. ended up going back to console but it was a nightmare to port over my original account.

  2. @noScope,
    I am shocked they even bothered. I bet they got a lot of complaints over it. Only reason something was done. I had issues myself migrating my account and it never got resolved. I just ended up making an entirely different account.

  3. Yeah this was something that was annoying. I feel like this kind of update should have happened sooner.

    Better late than never I suppose! :cautious:

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