As if Xbox Game Pass hasn't already treated us to enough great new titles this week such as the highly-anticipated Forza Horizon 5, we're also getting one-third of the new GTA Trilogy remaster bundle on Thursday.
This November 11th, Rockstar is putting the GTA: San Andreas remaster on Xbox Game Pass at launch, giving us a chance to see how this updated version of the original Xbox classic shapes up. We're hoping for good things!
Ahead of its release, we've put together a quick guide so you know what to expect when GTA: San Andreas arrives, as well as some details on what it's like, pre-load details and the exact time it goes live on Xbox Game Pass.
What Is GTA: San Andreas - The Definitive Edition?
As previously mentioned, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Definitive Edition is a remastered version of the highly-rated game which first released in 2004, and it's being included as part of a bundle alongside Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
The remastered trilogy features a bunch of enhancements including higher resolution textures, a completely rebuilt lighting system, improved water and weather effects, improved gunplay and targeting controls, the ability to immediately restart a failed mission and much more. Plus, it's been confirmed to run at 4K, 60fps on Xbox Series X.
Here's how Rockstar describes it:
"Play the genre-defining classics of the original Grand Theft Auto Trilogy: Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas updated for a new generation, now with across-the-board enhancements including brilliant new lighting and environmental upgrades, with high-resolution textures, increased draw distances, Grand Theft Auto V-style controls and targeting, and much more, bringing these beloved worlds to life with all new levels of detail."
Is The Entire GTA Trilogy Remaster Coming To Game Pass?
No. GTA: San Andreas - The Definitive Edition is the only game from the bundle confirmed for Game Pass at launch, and there's been no suggestion that GTA 3 or Vice City will be heading to the service anytime soon. Never say never though!
What Does GTA: San Andreas - The Definitive Edition Look Like?
Screenshots for each title have been shared by Rockstar and show the improvements the team has made across the board. From increased resolution to new character models, it's undoubtedly a meaningful upgrade.
Here's a look at a few images:
What Is The Release Time For GTA: San Andreas On Xbox Game Pass?
Rockstar has yet to announce the official release time, but it seems Xbox has revealed it early.
According to the Microsoft Store, GTA: San Andreas will unlock with Xbox Game Pass around 10am ET / 3pm GMT on Thursday, November 11th. This is also the release time if you're buying the full GTA Trilogy bundle.
In other words, don't go waiting up for a midnight release!
How Do I Pre-Load GTA: San Andreas On Xbox Game Pass?
All you need to do to pre-load GTA: San Andreas on Xbox Game Pass is head to the official Game Pass app on your console, search for the game in the 'Coming Soon' section, and then hit the 'Install All' button.
The file size is clocking in at almost 22GB on Xbox Series X, and you can see evidence of this below:
If you've already pre-ordered the full trilogy, you can also pre-install GTA 3 and GTA Vice City separately right now.
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