Do you need PS Plus to play GTA Online is a question that a lot of PlayStation owners may be asking, as although this is the norm for online gaming on Sony's platforms there are some exceptions to the rule. Thanks to price increases and an expanded tier system, an annual subscription to this service can now compete with the cost of a big new release, so not everyone can afford to sign up while still staying on top of the latest games. There's a massive amount to see and do in GTA Online which means you can sink many hours into the world, but is Los Santos open to all players? We've got the lowdown on whether you need PS Plus to play GTA Online, and if there are any ways to connect 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 (excluding certain free to play titles such as Fortnite) 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.
This applies whether you're using the version included with GTA 5, or the more recent standalone release of GTA Online, which was initially offered as a free download on PS5 but you'll now need to purchase if you missed that offer.
Join the troupe and hang out at The Freakshop in GTA Online: Los Santos Drug Wars.Owners of GTA Online can play without PlayStation Plus until 00:00am Pacific on Dec 29 pic.twitter.com/5ZUXBz6dRODecember 15, 2022
However, there are occasions where Sony and Rockstar will collaborate to temporarily remove the need for PS Plus to play GTA Online on PlayStation. This is usually tied to the release of big updates or a holiday season, so keep an eye out for announcements of when you can play without PlayStation Plus. These events are fleeting and often only last for a week or two, so if you need them then be prepared to make the most out of your free access time.
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