Update: The guide below was first posted just before GTA 5 was released on PC, in April 2015. For a while, GTA Online character platform transfers were available, but they have now been stopped. You can get more information about the topic here.
When GTA 5 comes out for the PC on April 14, 2015, many players will want to upgrade. If you intend to play GTA Online on the PC, you’ll be able to keep your characters and game progression.
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Characters and progression can be transferred to the PC version from any of the older versions of GTA Online — PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, or Xbox One. You can only transfer data from a system once, but if you’ve transferred data from the PS3/Xbox 360 version to the PS4/Xbox One version, you will still be able to transfer it to the PC.
First, you’ll need to have a Rockstar Games Social Club account. If you already have one, you need to make sure it’s linked to your console account. For the PS3 and PS4 versions of GTA Online, this is your PlayStation Network account. For the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions, it’s your Xbox Live account. If you’ve played GTA Online while logged into the Social Club, your accounts will already be linked.
If you don’t already have a Social Club account, you’ll need to make one, and if you haven’t linked it to your console account, you’ll need to do so.
Once your accounts are linked, start playing GTA 5 on your PC. Log into your Social Club account. Next, either pause the game or use the Character Select Wheel to start up GTA Online. The first time you access GTA Online, it will prompt you to transfer your progress. If you choose not to, you can do so at any time from the pause menu—but keep in mind that transferring progress from an older version of GTA Online will overwrite any GTA Online PC progress you made, although you’ll keep any money you made.
When you tell it to transfer your GTA Online progress, it will show you the data to be transferred. If you’ve played GTA Online on multiple consoles, you’ll have to pick one. Choose the data you want to import to your PC game, and you’ll be all ready to continue playing GTA Online.