Rockstar Explains Backwards Compatibility for GTA 5, Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS5 & Xbox Series X

Published 11/08/2020, 1:13 PM EST


One of the most exciting features of the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X is the backwards compatibility. A plethora of previous-generation titles will be playable on the new consoles, where a lot of them will have an enhanced visual experience. This will be possible thanks to the new consoles’ cutting-edge hardware. Now, Rockstar has explained how backwards compatibility will work for some of its biggest titles to date.

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In a statement on the website, Rockstar announced that GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 will be playable on the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Even though PlayStation 5 users will get an enhanced version of GTA 5 in 2021, they will be able to play the current version of the game on it too.

The official announcement also explained the process of playing the backwards compatible games on the next-gen consoles.

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“If you own a disc-based copy of any backward compatible game, you’ll be able to insert that disc directly into your new PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X (excludes PlayStation 5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series S consoles).

“Meanwhile, digital game owners will have instant access to download any compatible Rockstar Games titles they already have tied to their PlayStation Network or Xbox Live accounts. On PlayStation 5 these will be available from the Your Collection section of your Game Library and on Xbox Series X|S from the Ready to Install section.”

This process is also the same for most backwards compatible games from other companies. In addition to this, players will also be able to transfer their progress to the next-gen consoles. They can do so with the help of a LAN cable, wireless connection, or external USB storage. Players using PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live can transfer their saves via cloud storage.

List of Backwards Compatible Rockstar Games for PS5 and Xbox Series X & S

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Furthermore, Xbox Series X & S will be able to run Xbox 360 and the original Xbox games compatible with the Xbox One. Take a look at the list below:

  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • GTA: Episodes from Liberty City
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Midnight Club: Los Angeles
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis

Similarly, PlayStation 2 titles compatible with PlayStation 4 will also run on the PS5. This includes the following:

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  • Bully
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • GTA: San Andreas
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • The Warriors

Rockstar games are ready for the next generation consoles. There may also be some news regarding the optimization of some of these titles for the PS5 and/or the Series X. Keep watching this space for further updates.

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Akshay Patel is the Group Head of the eSports division at EssentiallySports. After having obtained his BBA degree, Akshay has been in the field of social media and content creation since 2018. He grew up playing Counter-Strike and has been hooked on gaming ever since.

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