Can PS4 And PS5 Play GTA V Together? [Crossplay Explained]

Written By Mushfiq Rahman

With the release of GTA Online Expanded and Enhanced Edition for the next-gen consoles, the players’ were pretty excited. It wasn’t because they could play the same old game in the next-gen graphics, but be able to play GTA Online on older and newer consoles together.

But can you actually do this? Or is there a catch?can-ps4-and-ps5-play-gta-v-together

That is what this article will answer. Also, if you were looking to play with your friends on PC together, I will answer that too.

So, let’s get started.

Can PS4 And PS5 Play GTA V Together?

No, you cannot play GTA V on PS4 and PS5 together. It’s because Rockstar has released an enhanced version of GTA V with improved visuals for PS5, which is not available on PS4. If have that on PS5, then you cannot join your friends on GTA Online.

That means only the players who upgraded to PS5 and downloaded the enhanced edition can play together. If you try to join your friend who is on PS4 from GTA 5’s new version, you cannot do that.


But there is a workaround to this that will allow you to play GTA 5 on PS4 and PS5 together.

You may have guessed it already, and yes, it uses backward compatibility to achieve this. The PS5 can run the PS4 version of GTA 5. When it does that, then basically, the Rockstar servers will treat you as a PS4 player and allow you to join your friends on Grand Theft Auto.

This feature comes in handy if you already have an old copy of GTA 5. Just pop that on the PS5, and you are good to go. But you should know that you will be missing the improved graphics that comes with the enhanced edition.

Is Crossplay Supported in GTA V?

No, GTA V does not support crossplay. That means players on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation cannot join each other in GTA Online. Only if you are on the same generation of the console and run the same version of the game, this option becomes available.


As mentioned earlier, you can cross-play between different generations of consoles only if the game version is the same. This trick will allow players between Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One or PS4 and PS5 to play together, thanks to backward compatibility.

As for PC users, GTA 5 is available through many game launchers. Steam, Epic, GOG, etc., are just a few I can name here. Luckily there are no such restrictions for PC players who are looking to join a GTA Online game. As long as you are playing on a PC, you can play with your group of friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is GTA 5 cross-gen?

No, GTA 5 does not support players from different consoles to join together in GTA Online. Only if you are on the same generation of console, you can play multiplayer at the same time.

What’s the difference between GTA 5 on PS4 and PS5?

GTA 5 for PS5 comes with improved graphics, faster loading times, enhanced audio, and support for DualSense 5 controller. Whereas on PS4, you get the last gen graphics and overall experience. But the gameplay is the same between the two consoles.

Do you have to buy GTA 5 again for PS5?

If you have GTA 5 from the PS4, it will probably run just fine on the PS5. But it won’t get the next-gen enhanced update which you have to purchase separately.

How long is GTA 5 free on PS5?

GTA Online is free for users to claim during the three months after its launch on March 15, 2023. After that, you will need to purchase it. Do note that a PS Plus subscription is required to play the game with your friends.

Final Words

I think it is time for Rockstar to bring cross-play to GTA V now. I mean, it’s been 10 years since the game launched, and it is still going strong. If not across different consoles, but at least allow players from different generations of Xbox or Playstation to join together, irrespective of their versions.

Chances are slim for such a thing to happen, as the next GTA game is already on the horizon. But one should keep up their hopes.

That’s all for today. Hope you had a great time reading this bite-sized piece.

About The Author
Mushfiq is a CSE graduate currently serving out piping-hot tech tips. He is a self-confessed computer nerd and fell in love with computers when racing with the OG Most Wanted. He also pledges lifelong allegiance to MCU. You will find silly comedies on his movie watchlist, mostly due to Steve Carell. Apart from computers, the night sky fascinates him the most.

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