At long last, developer Rockstar Games has unleashed details about Grand Theft Auto 5's upgrades for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S platforms. Despite the poor reception to GTA 5's PS5 gameplay trailer, there does exist an air of excitement about the title's new-gen enhancements. The nearly 10-year-old game started showing its age a long while ago; as such, now seems as good of a period as any for it to get a couple graphical and performance boosts.

Series creator Rockstar Games first disclosed its plans for the current-gen version of GTA 5 and Grand Theft Auto Online almost two years ago during Sony's PS5 reveal occasion. The announcement trailer offered a sneak look at improved visuals and finished with the promise of a 2021 launch window. While Rockstar and publisher Take-Two Interactive later attached a November 11, 2021 due date to the new-gen port, release plans were eventually postponed to March 2022. For a period, it seemed as though GTA 5's PS5 and Xbox Series X iterations would get one more delay.

Fortunately, those looking forward to the upgrades can cast aside their concerns - Grand Theft Auto 5 remains on track for a March 2022 launch. Rockstar Games has confirmed the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions release on Tuesday, March 15. The blog post from Rockstar Games additionally outlines what the enhancements themselves will entail. On the current-gen hardware, GTA 5 and GTA Online players can expect new graphics modes that support up to 4K visuals, performance of up to 60fps, HDR options, ray-tracing, improved draw distances, enhanced textures, and faster loading times. The studio further confirmed support for 3D audio and platform-specific features such as haptic feedback with PS5's DualSense controller.

Ongoing rumors and speculation about a second delay for PS5's and Xbox Series X/S' Grand Theft Auto 5 upgrades were clearly way off the mark, and the March release date means gamers can add another high-profile experience to the list of already packed Q1 releases for 2022. GTA will probably take priority for some, though, especially since progress from both GTA 5 and GTA Online will be transferable between generations for a one-time migration opportunity at launch.

This doesn't constitute the only exciting piece of news to come out of Rockstar Games, either. After years of rumors and supposed leaks, the studio also confirmed that GTA 6 has officially entered active development. Details, unsurprisingly, remain scant at present, with Rockstar promising to share more information when all is good and well. At the point when that opportunity will come is anyone's guess, however the future looks brilliant for GTA fans.