Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One now available for digital preorder

The enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One and Playstation 4 looms near. It launches next week, in fact. Fans of open-world games and crime dramas have likely placed their preorders by now, with the promise of one million in-game bonus cash sweetening the deal. But so far those preorders have only been available through retail, not the online Xbox store.

Today Rockstar and Microsoft have rectified the situation. You can now hop onto or your Xbox One and digitally preorder Grand Theft Auto V. The download costs $59.99 in the US, the same price as the retail version. Digital preorders include the in-game bonus cash and allow pre-installation of the game so that it will immediately be playable on November 18. Read on for quick game details and preorder link!

Welcome to GTA V

The fifth numbered Grand Theft Auto features a sprawling campaign and a sprawling online mode known as GTA Online. The campaign stars three protagonists: Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips and Franklin Clinton. All three are criminals who engage in a number of seedy activities, and their stories will intersect as the game unfolds. Players can switch between the main characters at any time outside of a mission, and some missions will involve the entire trio.

As for GTA Online, the multiplayer mode places 30 players (up from 16 on Xbox 360) in a shared open world. From there, each can participate in missions and races in order to accumulate wealth, purchase a home and vehicles, and unlock new content. Online players who attack others will eventually be open to attack with impunity, creating an incentive to play cooperatively instead of antagonistically.

The Xbox One version of Grand Theft Auto V will reward gamers who played the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions with bonus content like new vehicles and activities. The entire game has been revamped with remastered graphics, a first-person mode, denser traffic and crowds, enhanced damage and weather, and over 100 new songs and mixes on the in-game radio stations.

Are you guys picking up GTA V on Xbox One? If so, will you go with retail or digital? Digital all the way for me.

Paul Acevedo

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