‘Do you need PS Plus to play GTA Online?’, is a question many PlayStation players might be wondering, and with good reason. With the cost of an annual subscription to Sony’s online PlayStation service in the same region as the full price of a new AAA game, not everyone can afford to subscribe while also purchasing new titles for their collections. GTA Online offers players a huge amount to see and do in the immersive online world of Los Santos and beyond, but is that experience available to everyone? We’re here to answer that by determining if you need PS Plus to play GTA Online, and showing you how you can get the game for free.
Can you play GTA Online without PS Plus?
The short answer, we’re afraid, is that you do need PS Plus to play GTA Online on PlayStation, which is in line with most other games on Sony’s platforms. This keeps the PlayStation Plus subscription offering consistent, as players then know that if they want to play any game online they’ll need to sign up to the service. If you’re not currently a subscriber then you can join using one of these PS Plus deals.
However, PS5 owners can download the new enhanced, standalone version of GTA Online for free until June 14, 2022. This offer is available on PS5 only, and you can download the standalone version on the PS5 store, however, you will still need PS Plus to play. For the same offer period, Xbox Series X owners can get GTA Online for a heavily discounted price of $9.99 / £8.99.
While the GTA Online enhanced version is currently free for PS5 owners, you will have to pay for it once the free offer ends in June – GTA Online will set you back $19.99 / £17.45, but the enhanced GTA Online and enhanced GTA 5 Story Mode bundle will cost $39.99 / £34.99.
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