GTA 5 Xbox Series X|S & PS5 Transfer: How to Move Xbox One and PS4 Saves

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Rockstar Games has brought its best-selling action sandbox, Grand Theft Auto V, to PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox Series X consoles | S, extending the title to the latest generation. While GTA V enjoyed almost a decade in the spotlight after its original release in 2013, one of Xbox’s best games has now received another graphical upgrade with new content. The paid upgrade costs $40, although a limited-time promotion has reduced the price by 50% for its first few months on sale.

The now “expanded and improved” GTA V features mostly the same content, now available up to 4K resolution, with support for 60 frames per second (FPS), ray tracing, and other upgrades. Rockstar Games allows gamers to carry forward all the advancements of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4) era, ensuring a smooth transition to the latest consoles. But the process isn’t exactly obvious, and this step-by-step guide makes it a little easier once you know where to look.

How do next-gen GTA V save transfers work?

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With GTA V moving to Xbox Series X|S and PS5, Rockstar Games is allowing players to advance current progress to the latest releases. Although the next-gen version of the game is entirely separate from the Xbox One and PS4 copies, there is a manual process to migrate existing GTA Online and single-player story mode save files on launch day. It’s not fully transparent and requires a bit of work to bring all before, but it ensures you don’t lose eight years of progress after the change.

GTA V uses the Rockstar Games Social Club service, allowing players to link their Xbox and PlayStation accounts to a central Rockstar Games account, which is used for transfers. This is also a one-time migration for GTA Online, which means you only have one chance to transfer your data, if you progress further on older Xbox One and PS4 versions.

Moving GTA Online progress is relatively simple, with a remote cloud transfer via the Social Club service. Story Mode’s offline save transfer requires a bit of extra work, requiring players to manually download their previous save file before re-uploading it on the upgraded version.

Can I transfer saves between Xbox and PlayStation accounts?

Yes, GTA V allows Xbox One and PS4 players to bring their GTA Online and Story save data to next-gen consoles, regardless of their previous console. While Xbox One saves can be transferred to Xbox Series X|S and PS4 saves work with PS5, Rockstar Games also offers migration between console families. Xbox One players can upgrade to PS5 and PS4 players can upgrade to Xbox Series X|S via one-time transfer through Rockstar Games Social Club.

Can I transfer progress from GTA V PC to Xbox Series X|S and PS5?

No, GTA V on Xbox Series X|S and PS5 only allows players to transfer data from Xbox One and PS4 consoles at launch. Rockstar Games said it has no plans to enable PC save transfers with these latest console versions, although it will allow cross-ecosystem transfers between the Xbox and PlayStation console families. As you might guess, Xbox 360 and PS3 saves aren’t transferable either. The full breakdown of possible scenarios follows, detailing cross-platform compatibility.

Platform Transfer Compatible?
Xbox One → Xbox Series X/S Yes
Xbox One → PlayStation 5 Yes
PlayStation 4 → PlayStation 5 Yes
PlayStation 4 → Xbox Series X/S Yes
PC → Xbox Series X/S No
PC → PlayStation 5 No
Xbox 360 → Xbox Series X/S No
Xbox 360 → PlayStation 5 No
PlayStation 3 → PlayStation 5 No
PlayStation 3 → Xbox Series X/S No

How to transfer GTA Online saves to Xbox Series X|S and PS5

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GTA Online transfers allow players to advance multiplayer progression from older platforms to the latest console versions of GTA V. This feature means you won’t need to give up all those years of investment when upgrading to a new platform.

According to Rockstar Games, the one-time transfer seamlessly migrates most progression from GTA Online, transferring characters, progression, player-created jobs, and other unlockable rewards. While your existing GTA$ balance will also transfer, those moving to a new console family (e.g. moving from PlayStation to Xbox) will not have their purchased GTA$ translated. Although the currency earned depends on the platform, it’s best to spend any GTA$ purchased through Shark Cards before moving on.

Once it’s time to move on, simply connect your Rockstar Games account using the following steps and start GTA V on your console.

  1. Login to Rockstar Games Social Club Website. If you don’t have a Rockstar Games Social Club account, sign up by following the on-screen steps.
  2. Click on your profile picture to expand the top right menu.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Select the Linked accounts tongue.
  5. Make sure your Xbox Network and PlayStation Network Accounts are linked to your Rockstar Games account.
    • Those transferring save data between Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles only require an Xbox network account.
    • Those transferring save data between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles only require a PlayStation Network account.
    • Those transferring save data between PlayStation 4 and Xbox Series X|S, or those transferring save data between Xbox One and PlayStation 5 consoles require both accounts to be linked.
  6. To start up GTA V on your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S console. The game will present users with various on-screen steps, detailing the save you are going to transfer to the next-gen version.

How to Transfer GTA 5 Story Saves to Xbox Series X|S and PS5

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Migrating your GTA V Story Mode transfer requires additional work, uploading the GTA V save data to the Rockstar Games Social Club cloud before re-uploading it to PS5 or Xbox Series X|S. Unlike the interconnected nature of GTA Online, the offline story mode is not designed to sync seamlessly with online servers. You will need the old version of GTA V available to download your story mode data, as well as the next-gen version to download your save file from the cloud.

Solo save transfers require a Rockstar Games Social Club, logged into both versions of the game, to transmit the save file. Rockstar Games has also detailed how to move GTA V save files to new consoles via the Rockstar Games Support Portal, providing these handy steps below. First, you will need to upload your GTA V save file.

  1. Login to Rockstar Games Social Club Website. If you don’t have a Rockstar Games Social Club account, sign up by following the on-screen steps.
  2. Click on your profile picture to expand the top right menu.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Select the Linked accounts tongue.
  5. Make sure your Xbox Network and PlayStation Network Accounts are linked to your Rockstar Games account.
    • Those transferring save data between Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles only require an Xbox network account.
    • Those transferring save data between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles only require a PlayStation Network account.
    • Those transferring save data between PlayStation 4 and Xbox Series X|S, or those transferring save data between Xbox One and PlayStation 5 consoles require both accounts to be linked.
  6. Open GTA V on Xbox One or PS4. Those who only own an Xbox Series X|S or PS5 can also open the unenhanced Xbox One or PS4 version on the console for transfer.
  7. Charged GTA V.
  8. Pause the game.
  9. Navigate to the Game tongue.
  10. To select Download game save.
  11. Login to your Rockstar Games Social Club Account.
  12. Follow the screen steps to select and download your GTA V save. An on-screen notification will appear once your download is complete.

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Once downloaded, upload your GTA V save file to Xbox Series X|S or PS5, following the steps below.

  1. Open GTA V on Xbox Series X|S or PS5.
  2. Charged GTA V.
  3. Pause the game.
  4. Navigate to the Game tongue.
  5. To select Download game save.
  6. Login to your Rockstar Games Social Club Account.
  7. Follow the screen steps to select and download your GTA V save. An on-screen notification will appear once your download is complete.

Once complete, GTA V will enter Story Mode, with your transferred save file now available on the latest Xbox Series X|S or PS5.

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