Grand Theft Auto V joins Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One today

GTA V (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

What you need to know

Microsoft has kicked off the new year with an unexpected Xbox Game Pass arrival, welcoming Grand Theft Auto V to the Xbox One games library. Rockstar Games' open-world epic has joined the Netflix-style subscription service, available alongside over 200 titles under one flat monthly fee. It hits Xbox Game Pass as one of the Xbox One's most prolific series to date, still among top-selling and most-played titles six years from launch.

Grand Theft Auto V joins Xbox Game Pass after shifting over 100 million copies, still regularly topping sales charts since its 2013 debut. While a comprehensive single-player package kickstarted a bestseller, regular free updates with Grand Theft Auto Online have supported the title through 2020. And with the release of "The Diamond Casino Heist" in December, Microsoft opens the title to Xbox Game Pass subscribers on Xbox One.

Xbox Game Pass is available for Xbox One starting at $10, alongside a premium Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tier, bundling Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC with Xbox Live Gold. That all-inclusive subscription is currently discounted to just $1 for three months, providing an ideal entry point into Grand Theft Auto V, with an online membership to access the multiplayer features.

Microsoft also confirms existing Xbox Game Pass benefits translate to Grand Theft Auto V, including the 10 percent discount on in-game purchases. The Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack and Shark Cash Cards fall under those purchases, providing a head start on your GTA Online career.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.