Thanks To Smart Delivery, The GTA Trilogy Physical Version Has A Major Advantage On Xbox

The recent release of GTA: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition might have reviewed pretty poorly and suffered an array of issues at launch, but it still seems to be selling well, and the physical, boxed copy is now available to buy.

It should be noted, however, that if you're planning to buy it on PlayStation in particular, you're only going to get the last-gen version of the game (PS4) as there's no upgrade path available right now — despite the digital version including a free next-gen upgrade regardless of whether you're playing on Xbox or PlayStation.

Here's what journalist Ben Turpin had to say about this when he spotted the issue earlier this month:

"Everyone can finally buy a physical version of the GTA Trilogy in most retail stores – but there’s a catch. You can’t upgrade to the PS5 version if you decide to pick up the physical version."

"If you buy the Xbox One version, the free upgrade to the Series X|S version is available right out of the box. Not sure why Rockstar aren’t giving PS5 owners a free upgrade."

As Turpin highlights, the Xbox version of GTA: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition comes with a free upgrade to Xbox Series X and S regardless of whether you buy physical or digital — and this is because of Smart Delivery.

It's a strange oversight for PlayStation owners, and we're assuming Rockstar will find a way to get around it at some point, but for now, Xbox is definitely the way to go for the physical copy if you're choosing between Series X|S and PS5.

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