GTA 5 guide for PS4, Xbox One and PC: absolutely everything you need to know

By Staff, Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:56 GMT

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GTA 5 guide for PS4, Xbox One and PC

GTA 5 on PS4 and Xbox One could well be game of the year. The poor old PC people will have to wait until 2015 to get involved with some hi-fi Rockstar robbery, but that isn’t going to stop new-gen console owners leaping on this massively anticipated upgrade with gusto. It’s been a long time coming, but the updates are well worth the wait.

Thousands (millions?) of new players are about to enter the world of Los Santos for the first time, having put off their crime career until the “real” versions came along. GTA 5’s story is a long one but there’s plenty of hand-holding. It shouldn’t cause you too much trouble. GTA Online? It’s a brutal game, and you’re largely left to your own devices. Luckily for you, we’re here to help.

GTA Online is a tough, instance-based MMO in which you begin as a two-bit hood and ascend to riches and notoriety. The PS4 and Xbox One versions feature 30-player cities and, obviously, vastly overhauled tech, granting a unique GTA experience and one you may struggle to understand from the off.

You’ll find a list of articles and guide pages below to help you on your journey. We’re going to be growing this guide over time, so if there’s anything you specifically want us to cover, just let us know in the comments below.

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General information and beginner’s tips


Really don’t know what’s going on with GTA 5? Never played it before? This page is for you. It tells you what GTA 5 is, how to get up and running, what to expect from GTA Online and how to get used to the controls. For absolute beginners.


Still haven’t made the decision about upgrading? If you’re unsure whether or not to make the investment in either the Xbox One or PS4 version of GTA 5, take a look kat this to see whether or not the new stuff’s worth it. There’s a lot of information here on technical upgrades and gameplay additions, such as the first-person mode.


You have to know how to make stuff work. Here’s a shot of the PS4 manual, showing all the on-foot and in-vehicle controls. There are many control options in GTA 5, as the variety of game states makes for a complex set-up. You’ll need to make your own tweaks in-game, but you’ll find all the basic information here.


Can’t be bothered to sift through the reams of information in the other “what’s new” article? This is the best new stuff in the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Be sure to check this to make sure there’s nothing you’ve missed, such as the ability to throw grenades with the PS4 touchpad when aiming with another weapon.


Setting up GTA 5’s first-person view to behave as you’d like isn’t as simple as it could have been. Walking and shooting in first-person is all well and good, but if you want to drop into third-person when you move into cover or enter a vehicle, you should take a look at this.

GTA 5 Online guide


You need to know how to do this. If you’re coming over to the Xbox One or PS4 versions from Xbox 360 or PS3, you’ll probably want to transfer your character. Remember, you can only do this once, so be sure to check our this guide to making sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.


GTA Online is a tough game, but can be one of the most rewarding connected experiences available. Your journey will be easier if you take a little advice. The less time you waste, the sooner you’ll be playing with attack choppers and tanks.


Pat breaks down all of the major weapons groups and suggests a versatile load-out in this guide. You should definitely check this out for clear-cut facts on the best assault rifles and shotguns to equip. Don’t die. Be prepared.


GTA Online’s weapons, vehicles and upgrades unlock as you move up through the ranks. How long will you have to wait for the Heavy Sniper? Hit the link to see.


The Buzzard attack chopper is one of the most powerful weapons in GTA Online, but it comes with a lunatic price-tag. Can’t wait? Check out this guide to finding one for free.


You’re definitely going to need to know how to use your phone’s camera in GTA Online (it’s actually required for some of the missions, so it isn’t just for vanity). Los Santos is a pretty place, aside from anything, so you’ll want to record your time there. And there are the 40,000 selfies you need to broadcast to the world, obviously.


Basic information to get you involved. The first few days in GTA Online can be bewildering, so this is how to stop just wandering around and get into some instance that reap cash and experience. Don’t be aimless. Achieve.


Deathmatch is where you go when you want to prove a point. GTA Online supports both vanilla and team deathmatch, with the new maps taking advantage of the next-gen boost up to 30 players. If you’re clueless in the mode, you’re going to end up dead. Get ahead with these tips.


Most players will stick to co-op missions to level in GTA Online, but you shouldn’t ignore the other modes. Deathmatch is amazing fun in a group. Here’s why.

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A living document collecting together all the best Missions for big cash and RP payouts. We’ve also got advice on loadouts, tactics and techniques to makes sure you can master some of the toughest missions in GTA Online.


Matt took the time to try out GTA Online on Vita. If you’re playing the PS4 version, you can connect a Vita via Remote Play and get on with your virtual life of crime while others are watching the TV. But does it work? Find out here.

GTA 5 Online: Cash and RP guide

Head over the page for tons of pre-release information about the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of GTA 5, including details on the first-person mode, technical upgrades and much more.

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