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Next week's GTA Online update adds gaudy ways to spend your Heist cash

GTA Online (opens in new tab) players will learn the true meaning of "conspicuous consumption" with Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 next week. Rockstar has revealed a gaggle of the new clothes, guns, and rides headed to GTA 5 (opens in new tab)'s multiplayer counterpart in its latest expansion across all platforms.

Ill-Gotten Gains will be the first significant update to GTA Online since Heists were added (opens in new tab) in March. Heists are a great way to "earn" cash, assuming you can make off with the goods before Los Santos' finest shoot you to death, and Ill-Gotten Gains is all about giving you new ways to squander it - including designer hoodies and "solid gold" aircraft.

Yeah, gold is heavy and not very strong, and as such maybe isn't the very best material to build a helicopter out of, but it sure does get the "I have more money than sense" point across tout de-frickin'-suite. You can make even more ill-informed purchases when Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 releases later this summer.

Remember to disable any of your GTA 5 PC mods (opens in new tab) before you dip back into GTA Online. Rockstar doesn't mind if you use mods in story mode, but bringing even the most innocuous tweak online is a quick way to get insta-banned.

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