GTA V gets a host of new features and updates – but not on old generation consoles

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Yesterday, Grand Theft Auto V, a game many people are still playing for some reason, received a rather large update, bringing the game to version 1.30. As Rockstar’s said before though, they’re largely leaving the old gen versions of the game in the dust, with the new features and additions only coming to the new-gen console and PC versions of the celebrated crime simulator.

If you’re still playing the game on PS3 or Xbox 360, it’s probably time to upgrade then – because your GTA Online experience is going to be a shallow one compared to the digital fun your next-gen toting brethren will be having. When they’re not being griefed by hackers ruining the game, of course.

Here’s a look at all the new stuff the newer versions of the game have received.

  • A new garage, Benny’s Original Motor Works, has been added that allows players to customize applicable vehicles with unique mods only available to Benny’s including:
    • Hydraulics
    • New Liveries
    • Interior Options:
      • Trim
      • Ornaments (also available in Los Santos Customs for Lowriders vehicles)
      • Dials
      • Doors
      • Seats
      • Steering Wheels
      • Column Shift Levers
      • Plaques
      • ICE
    • Chassis Options:
      • Arch Covers
      • Aerials
      • Trim
      • Tank
    • Engine Options:
      • Engine Block
      • Air Filters
    • Trunk Installs
    • Vanity Plates & Plate Holders
    • Benny’s Originals Wheels
    • Tire Designs
  • Benny’s Original Motor Works, a new vehicle website, has been added for GTA Online and a shortcut app to the website has been added to the phone.
  • Two brand new vehicles and four existing vehicles have been added to Benny’s Original Motor Works for GTA Online. These six vehicles are able to access the unique mods only available in Benny’s Original Motor Works:
    • Willard Faction (new)
    • Declasse Moonbeam (new)
    • Albany Buccaneer
    • Declasse Voodoo
    • Albany Primo
    • Vapid Chino
  • Two new loop horns have been added to Los Santos Customs and Benny’s Original Motor Works for GTA Online; these horns will become out of tune as the vehicle is damaged:
    • San Andreas Loop
    • Liberty City Loop
  • Two new weapons have been added to Ammu-Nation for Story Mode (unlocks as you play) and for GTA Online (available immediately):
    • Machine Pistol
    • Machete
  • Luxury Engravings have been added for a selection of weapons & attachments for Story Mode and GTA Online.
    • Yusuf Amir Luxury Finish is available for:
      • Pump Shotgun
      • Assault SMG
      • Combat Pistol
      • MG
    • Gilded Gun Metal Finish is available for:
      • Bullpup Rifle
    • Etched Gun Metal Finish is available for:
      • Combat MG
      • Special Carbine
    • Etched Wood Grip Finish is available for:
      • SNS Pistol
  • Four new hairstyles have been added to the barber for male and female characters in GTA Online.
  • Seventeen new tattoos have been added to the Tattoo Parlors for both male and female characters in GTA Online.
  • Hundreds of new clothing items, including new outfits and accessories, have been added to the Clothes Stores for male and female characters in GTA Online.
  • New Lamar Contact Missions have been added which unlock at Rank 5.
  • Three new Adversary Mode have been added to GTA Online which unlock at Rank 5.
    • Offence Defense
      • Runners aim to be the first to get to the end of a route. Blockers, in faster and more powerful vehicles, must block and run opposing Runners off the road, while protecting their Runner from the other teams.
    • Keep the Pace
      • A race where the speed players have to maintain increases each lap. Dropping below the speed causes players to explode.
    • Relay
  • A 4 team race around the streets of David, in which players take it in turns to complete a lap before tagging a team mate. Non-active drivers wait in the pen to be tagged, whilst active drivers complete a lap for their team.

New Features/Updates – PS4, Xbox One, and PC Only

  • Players will be able to own a fourth property, allowing potential ownership of up to 40 cars and 12 bicycles.
  • A new Adversary Mode invite system has been added for Missions:
    • There is now an increased chance of getting an Adversary Mode invite.
    • Invites will no longer be sent during Heist progression or following Freemode Events, this new system will be used instead.
    • Adversary Mode Invites are now Red.
  • A new option, ‘Destroy Last Place’ has been added to Races:
    • The Host can set it to be effective each lap, every 15 seconds, every 30 seconds or every 60 seconds, the player in last will be blown up according to the option selected.
    • The ‘Destroy Last Place’ option is not available for Rally and GTA Team Races.
    • When ‘Destroy Last Place’ option is turned on in a playlist it will default to being On for other Races in the playlist.
  • Several new features have been added to the Interaction Menu:
    • Ammo
      • Players can now purchase/ restock their ammo from the interaction menu. A convenience charge will be included in the cost.
    • Vehicle Doors
      • Players can now open and close their personal vehicle’s doors.
    • Vehicle Remote Functions
      • Players can remotely turn their engine, lights and radio on or off.
  • Hidden weapon pickups have been added to various locations in Freemode.
  • Vehicle performance mods that were unlocked after winning Races can alternatively be unlocked by Rank.
  • Players now need to confirm before exiting the mod garages.
  • Los Santos Customs shop menus have been improved.
  • The Tops menu in the Clothes Store has been re-organized for Male and Female clothing.
  • Changes have made to the way weapons are displayed and organized in Ammu-Nation.
  • Pearlescent paint colors can now be used on Crew colors.
  • Pegasus now allows players to call for a different vehicle to replace the one that is already out.
  • Three new celebrations / interactions have been added to GTA Online:
    • Chin Brush
    • No Way
    • Chicken Taunt
  • Quick Restart option has been removed from Adversary Modes.
  • All non-timed exclusive DLC weapons have been added to the Creator.
  • An option has been added to allow players to delete the whole template at once in the Creator.
  • Prop Templates the player has created are now displayed (at half opacity) when scrolling over them in the menu.
  • Scene Creator has been added to Director Mode which allows players to place props and save templates.

New Features/Updates – PC Only

  • An option has been added to the Settings menu to allow players to swap between Roll/Pitch and Yaw/Pitch mouse flying control types.

In completely unrelated news, it’s Back to the Future day, so here’s a tribute to the film made in Rockstar’s rather robust GTA V editor.

Last Updated: October 21, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    May as well be GTA Vita.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    I hope all headers today follow this trend!

    • They’re not. We like horses, but not beating dead ones. ;P

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        I just read that as TOO LAZY

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Out of curiosity, how many fellow lagz persons still jam on the old gen?

    Show of hands?

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      I watched Predator on my PS3 the other day. 😉

    • HvR

      *Adjust his loafers and his black rimmed glasses. takes drag on his Vape3000 and puts up hand

      Actually bought Diablo3: Ultimate Evil Edition this week to jam co-op with the wife.

      New consoles to full of shit and new PC to expensive and play time to little to justify going next gen now.

      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        That is a game I seriously want to get on my PS3 to co-op with my wife as well. Been considering that for a while now.

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    One day I’ll play this too.

  • Not more Back to the Future stuff…

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Good morning to you too Rince 😉

      • Hue hue hue! It’s getting tiresome, like @[email protected]_DoEH3TsffU:disqus is HA!

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          He’s only tiresome because he won’t stop getting comment of the week. I mean really, how predictable is that? ;P

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            He has to have something to look forward to now doesn’t he?

          • XD

  • HvR

    What do you think? The Libyans! HOLY SHIT!

  • Hammersteyn

    LOL is that Trevor?

  • Guava_Eater

    Well Blizzard led the way by cutting off all the old gen Diablo 3 players, only natural that others will follow suite. I personally don’t agree with the strategy and yes I have heard all the arguments and have received plenty hate because I choose to state that.

    In my opinion quite simply, if you have released a game for old gen (in the case of D3 it was then current gen) you have an obligation to filter in any enhancements and patches till you decommission and/or stop enhancements to the game on that platform.

    If you don’t want to do that then release a new “remastered for next gen” version exclusively on next gen and maintain two development streams. For guys on Next Gen provide it as a “free update”.

  • Nikola

    We may need to revisit these new missions, GTA Online was sooo much fun playing with friends! and all the updates are free not flippen 500 bucks DESTINY!!!

    • You have friends? *RUNS

      • Nikola

        I thought you were my friend Nic?? *crying

        • So did I, then I used a headset 🙁

          • Nikola

            hahaha:) You never online actually on PSN I wonder do you have internet at all;)

          • I cancelled it after this bully went all troll 9000 on me. It devastated my life 😛 Eish, 17 gig download for witcher then another 250 last night from PS4, What year is this?!

          • Nikola

            I KNOW dude where is ryanza now!! I couldn’t even play Witcher 3 until the 17GB update was done!!! If that is not DRM I don’t know what is!!!! Such rubbish and coming from me Witcher is probably my favorite game ever!

          • Oh? I had no issue playing while the 17 gig patch was dling in the background. The PS4 update though? Said I needed DLC which I had already fucking downloaded…

          • Nikola

            I did threw and error said u have to update the game crashed every time. THen I had the DLC issue like you so what I did is just restore licences and it worked.

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