Grand Theft Auto V is now available on Xbox Game Pass for Console

Last month, Microsoft introduced a bunch of games to Xbox Game Pass for Console, including The Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, My Friend Pedro, and more. Now, in a somewhat unexpected announcement, the firm has announced the availability of Grand Theft Auto V for subscribers of its Game Pass for Console service starting today.

The hugely popular action-adventure title that took the gaming world by storm likely needs no introduction, even for the casual gamer. For those who are unaware of it, however, GTA V is the latest entry in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series, and it first launched on last generation consoles in 2013, followed by a current generation console release in 2014 before arriving to PC a year later.

Notably, those who are subscribed to the Ultimate version of Game Pass, or to Xbox Live Gold, will also be able to access GTA Online for free, which received The Diamond Casino Heist update earlier last month. Game Pass users will be able to purchase the Criminal Enterprise Starter pack and Shark Cash Cards for up to 10% off the regular price. These users can buy the base game from the Microsoft Store for 50% off for the next six days as well. And finally, something that may be of interest to those who want to enjoy the online component with their friends - the first three months of Game Pass Ultimate for new subscribers can be obtained for a mere $1. This deal will end on January 6.

Although its quite likely that fans of the Grand Theft Auto series have already experienced the title in some form or another over the past few years, a digital release offers a slight incentive to those Xbox owners who currently have it on discs. And of course, there are bound to be people who will revisit the title due to the value in replayability it offers.

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