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Major graphics feature added to PS5 and Xbox Series X with GTA Online update

In addition to a number of other fixes and enhancements, the next December update for GTA Online will bring ray tracing to the Xbox One X and PlayStation 5 platforms.

In particular, the PS5 and Xbox Series X will be able to access ray-traced reflections in the game’s Fidelity Mode graphical preset once the GTA Online Winter Update 2022 goes live later this month, as announced on Rockstar Newswire. Your modified automobiles and motorcycles will now turn heads as you cruise through Los Santos.

Since the debut of the next-generation edition of the classic game in March, ray-tracing has been available on both the Xbox Series X and PS5 versions of GTA 5. As the game has already been released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, this is one of the most notable upgrades made to the title.

Previously, the game only offered ray-traced shadows and ambient occlusion; this update expands upon those features significantly. Full reflections are now available, which is more in line with what we anticipate from ray tracing technology in video games.

The most visually impressive option in GTA Online is the Fidelity graphics setting, which runs at 30 frames per second in native 4K resolution across all platforms. We don’t know how many players will opt out of the more fluid 60 FPS in favour of improved reflections in the open-world mayhem, given how fast-paced the multiplayer is, but the choice is welcomed.

Is there anything more for GTA Online that the December update brings?

Vehicle and economic enhancements are on the docket for the GTA Online December 2022 Update 1.64. As an example, cars will now appear faster after purchase, and players with current-gen consoles can unlock Hao’s Special Works at any time. Rockstar’s Newswire has the whole rundown of all the changes and upgrades (opens in new tab).

Don’t forget that GTA 5 is getting up to its ten year anniversary, therefore the lighting engine can only do so much. However, the quality of the ray tracing won’t be on par with that of current-gen games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Deathloop.