Players recently noticed that the physical GTA trilogy remasters on PS4 cannot be upgraded to PS5, although the Xbox version can.
Fans have noticed that unlike the Xbox version, which allows players to upgrade between the Xbox One and Series editions, the freshly released physical version of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4 cannot be converted to the PlayStation 5 version. Last week, the physical editions of the GTA Trilogy remaster were revealed, and many fans were dissatisfied. Unlike its predecessors, the collection’s package does not include a map, poster, pamphlets, or artwork on the disc, instead opting for a generic-styled logo of the game’s title. While current-generation games aren’t known for being jam-packed with bonuses, some had high hopes based on Rockstar’s history of offering extras.
The long-awaited Grand Theft Auto Trilogy remaster was released last month on consoles and PC, allowing modern audiences to play the classic PS2-era titles – Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – with improved visuals and gameplay for current-generation platforms. With the inclusion of each platform version of the Definitive Edition being significantly different from the other, each title boasts higher-resolution textures, larger draw distances, reworked lighting, weather effects, and modernized controls. Unfortunately, unhappy fans flocked to social media after the game’s release to mock its graphical flaws, bugs, and other issues, which rendered the game unusable.
Fans have learned that physical upgrades for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition are only available for Xbox users, adding to their dismay. The PS5 upgrade for the remastered collection isn’t available for gamers who bought the physical version on PS4, according to popular Grand Theft Auto tipster Ben Turpin on Twitter. On the other hand, Xbox players can purchase both the digital Xbox One and Series versions. While Turpin is unknown why this decision was made, another fan seems to be assured that it was made on purpose and not by accident. After contacting Rockstar Support to inquire about the problem, Wes Fido claims that the specialist confirmed that it wasn’t a bug and that players could only upgrade the digital editions of the GTA Trilogy remaster.
Everyone can finally buy a physical version of the GTA Trilogy in most retail stores – but there’s a catch. You can’t upgrade to the PS5 version if you decide to pickup the physical version.
I strongly advise against buying it until the game is improved with more patches. pic.twitter.com/Y23mbJTRGc
— Ben Turpin (@videotech_) December 17, 2021
If you buy the Xbox One version, the free upgrade to the Series X|S version is available right out of the box.
Not sure why Rockstar aren’t giving PS5 owners a free upgrade.
— Ben Turpin (@videotech_) December 17, 2021
So, I have spoken to R* regarding the #GTATrilogy PS4 physical copy not containing a PS5 upgrade and according to them, they say it isn't a bug. Though many support companies tend to use bots instead of people so take this with a grain of salt pic.twitter.com/szZeD6Wd0X
— Wes Fido 🎄 (@WezidentEvil) December 19, 2021
The Definitive Edition is largely seen as a new low for Rockstar Games. The studio’s multiple mistakes have led players to assume that they no longer care about the critically acclaimed games that helped establish the franchise. The classic editions of the GTA Trilogy were recently provided free for PC customers who purchased the collection on the Rockstar Launcher in recognition of its disastrous debut and subsequent (albeit brief) removal. However, because these versions are obsolete ports from first releases, they are unplayable, and players are uncertain why they were made available without being updated.
Despite Rockstar Games’ announcement that the much-maligned GTA Trilogy would improve with fixes over time, faults with the game seem to be mounting by the day. The studio has yet to provide an official statement addressing the PlayStation upgrade’s absence. Still, many players are hopeful that it will be included in the console version’s next big patch in the coming weeks.
The Definitive Edition of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy is currently available for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Source: Ben Turpin/Twitter (1,2), Wes Fido/Twitter