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I have GTA V for PC but now I see the "returning player exclusive" stuff. I did not have GTA V on consoles (nor did I have a console) and as such I want the extra stuff. Is there a way to do that?

Could I log into a friend's PS3 and transfer my character to there and back? I know there is a mod that unlocks it for singleplayer, and I think it can be used in multiplayer, however, there is the risk of getting banned/files messed up. Could I have logged into a console version before installing it on PC and gotten the extra content that way?

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If a reward or unlock is marked as any form of exclusive, that is the only legitimate way to unlock it. That is why it is called an exclusive unlock, and not just an unlock.

I would normally tackle a problem like this by ticking off what needs to be done on console at a friends house; However, when I looked it up I found the content is not simply unlocked by playing the game on the console. You unlock the content through your character progression, and when you transfer your character over, the exclusives unlock. The transfer is a once per character offer and does not allow you to transfer from PC, Xbox One or PS4.

TLDR: You can not, legitimately. Even if you unlock it properly, you will need to do so on a new character

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    What about modding? Is there a way to mod in online that's safe?
    – Crubleigh
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 21:47
  • @Crubleigh I'd recommend you don't do that. Rockstar tends to ban ppl who hack or use mods from online usage. Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 9:35
  • I have a couple of modder friends who I don't think have been banned yet. They're going around spawning jets and money. How dangerous is it though? I'd think with the saturation of modders these days it would be easier to get away with it.
    – Crubleigh
    Commented Jun 13, 2015 at 18:47
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As of July 26, 2021, all owners of the Enhanced versions of GTA V / GTA Online will now get the returning player content, regardless of if they're actually returning players.

Starting today, July 26th, it seems that Rockstar has enabled the Returning Player bonuses that were made available to players who previously owned the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions and also purchased the PS4, Xbox One, or PC versions that were released in 2015 to all players, to fix a glitch that removed those free items from eligible players.

There are free vehicles and other items available in Online and Story Mode.

They include but are not limited to:

  • Marshall Monster Truck
  • Dodo Seaplane
  • Kraken Submarine
  • Imponte Dukes Car
  • Declasse Stallion Car
  • Blista Compact Car
  • Hatchet
  • Duke of Death

Here is a link to the Rockstar Newswire article that details what was made available.

There are also other vehicles that you may find that are now other vehicles on in-game websites that were made free for returning players in 2016/2017 that aren't listed in the original article.

Source: Returning Player Bonuses Available To All Players | Reddit /r/gtaonline

I can confirm that I got the returning player content on the PC Steam version despite not having owned the PS3 nor Xbox 360 versions.


The Native Trainer included with Script Hook V also allows you to spawn the vehicles and weapons exclusive to the 'returning player' content.

Once it is installed, press F4 in-game to show its menu. To make it give you weapons, go to 'Weapon' → 'Get all weapons'. You will then have all available weapons, including the railgun and hatchet in your inventory. To make it spawn a vehicle, go to 'Vehicle' → 'Car Spawner' and then choose the vehicle you want to spawn.

According to its readme, it won't work on GTA Online.

Script Hook closes the game when the player goes Online, this is done because the game reports the installed mods list to R* while being in Online mode.

This is presumably also to avoid getting the player banned if they have the Script Hook installed and are attempting to play GTA Online. It'll only work in the singleplayer story mode and you'd have to disable it to play GTA Online.

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  • I know there's a mod that unlocks the content for single player although I'm not sure if it's safe to use in online. That seems like my only option thus far
    – Crubleigh
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 7:04

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