grand theft auto online will never die. Rockstar will continue to port it to future consoles until the universe heats up. (Or until people stop playing it… whichever comes first.) And so, because the universe keeps kicking in and people keep playing it, Rockstar recently ported GTA online on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. These new ports come with a significant, if not overwhelming, amount of settings to fiddle with, including the ability to change how the game handles ray tracing, significant driving controls, and more.
The game is fully playable and looks great right out of the box. However, you can greatly improve your experience by taking a moment to look through the settings menu and making a few changes. Here are a few that I recommend:
On next-gen consoles, choose Performance or Loyalty mode
GTA online supports a few different visual quality modes on newer fancy consoles. Personally, I’m a big fan of the performance mode, which finally allows console gamers to enjoy GTA online at 60fps. But if you prefer better shadows and a sharper image, Rockstar also offers a 4K/30fps mode that looks great on a high-end TV.
There is also a third option, RT performance, but I would stay away from that one. The ray tracing effects in this game aren’t spectacular – limited mostly to shadows – and the trade-off to get RT isn’t worth it, as in this mode the game struggles to maintain 60fps in high traffic areas. If you want high-quality visuals, stick with it, otherwise go for performance. All three modes can be found in the visual settings menu.
Disable PS5 Adaptive Triggers
In most games, I appreciate the PS5’s adaptive (force feedback) triggers, as they give extra weight to actions like firing a gun or smashing an enemy. However, in GTA online, I quickly turned them off. For one thing, the implementation seems buggy, making a weird and constant clicking noise, even when I was standing upright.
Another reason I turned them off is because I have over 700 hours of muscle memory in GTA online, and the new triggers messed that up, making it harder for me to ride. To disable adaptive triggers, head to the controls section of the settings menu.
Turn up the brightness if using HDR
When I started playing GTA online on my PS5 it looked dark. Looking online, this seems to be a fairly common problem. I fixed this by increasing the brightness settings through the HDR calibration menu found in the game’s visual settings. On the screen where you change the various HDR options, I found I had to increase the brightness to a point where it seemed almost too bright. A little weird, but it translated to a nice in-game picture. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on your TV and setup.
Enlarge the reticle (or change it completely!)
GTA onlinesingle aiming reticle looks much smaller in the next-gen port than on older consoles. Or maybe I’m getting old. Or it looks smaller because of the resolution bump. Whatever the reason, if you also want the reticle dot to be larger, you can easily change it through the weapon target option found in the visual settings menu. Oh, and while you’re at it, you can switch to the “complex” aiming style, which gives each weapon type its own unique reticle.
Change the handbrake controls for a more classic one GTA online Feel
I know some people prefer R1/RB as the handbrake button in GTA online, but in my head it will always be X/A. I can’t remember when, but at some point Rockstar changed this setting, moving the default handbrake control from the stock buttons to the bumpers. Luckily, you can change it through the control settings menu.
However, keep in mind that this and a few other settings will often revert to their default options for no apparent reason. The magical world of GTA online!
Oh, change the Drive-By controls too
Found in the same settings section as the Handbrake stuff, you can also change the way you pull and drive. I know some people prefer the “point and shoot” option, but I find it cumbersome during hectic moments and rarely feel like I need precise aiming while driving and shooting. So I move on to the simplest option which fires the moment you press the button.
Change the height of the vehicle camera
I don’t know why Rockstar keeps changing my settings and lowering the car camera, but I wish it would stop. I find it much easier to drive in third person using the elevated car camera option. To change this – or to put it back after another reset – go to the camera section of the settings and set “Vehicle camera height” to high instead of low.
Lock your car so strangers don’t steal it
The name of the game is literally Grand Theft Auto, so it’s no surprise to hear that people steal cars all the time. But you don’t want your own car stolen. To prevent this from happening, open the interaction menu, go to vehicle settings and change access to “Friends and crew only”. This will allow your friends and teammates to enter your car freely, not random strangers.
However, if your friend decides to betray you and steal your ride, you can kick them and anyone else via the “Empty Personal Vehicle” option, which is conveniently located in the same place as the setting. access to the vehicle.
Stay stylish while staying bulletproof
Stay stylish but safe in GTA online hiding your bulletproof armor. Simply go to the body armor section which is found in the style settings area of the interaction menu. Once there, you can not only equip armor, but you can make it invisible, allowing you to look cool while wearing a kevlar vest.
Limit all those annoying messages cluttering the screen
Finally, if you find GTA onlineit’s frequent annoying in-game messages and notifications (and they can be) feel free to change the notification settings. To do this, open the settings menu and scroll down to notifications. There you can disable them all, limit which ones you see, and/or slow down their frequency of appearance.
Personally, I leave them on but limit their frequency of appearance, as they are sometimes useful. But I understand why you would want to shut them all down for some peace and quiet. No judgement. We all need some quiet time from time to time.