Grand Theft Auto Online exists on five different platforms: XBox 360, PS3, XBox One, PS4, and PC. Do any of these play on the same servers, allowing people on differing platforms to play together?

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    Posting a single canonical question to amalgamate the various GTA Online cross-platform questions per this meta. – Trent Hawkins Nov 25 '15 at 0:14
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No. No combinations of those five platforms use the same servers in a way that would allow players on different systems to play in the same lobby.

Part of the issues involved with doing so include the fact that current generation platforms (Xbox One, PS4, PC) allow 30 concurrent players at a time per lobby, while the previous generation allows only 16.

Another issue is that, reportedly, there are policies among the console manufacturers that are highly against cross-platform multiplayer. At least between each other.

So as it stands, each of the five versions of GTA Online are separate from the other four. The closest you can get to cross-platform is by buying the game on a current-gen system, and transferring online character progress from previous generation version. There is also the a slight caveat that the XBox One is adding backwards compatibility for 360 games. It should be noted that in this case you would be able to play the Xbox 360 version of the game on either console with other people playing the Xbox 360 version of the game on either console.

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    In that case, what does the controller icon next to a player's name resemble? – Shadow Sep 18 '16 at 5:43
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    @shadow AFAIK (from playing on pc) the controller icon is used to indicate whether they are playing with mouse&keyboard or controller. – Trent Hawkins Sep 18 '16 at 10:33
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    I just confirmed this. How sad :( – Shadow Sep 21 '16 at 0:18

The only exception to a universal No answer would be in regards to Xbox One's backward compatibility feature.

This feature (available since November 2015) allows you to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. This includes multiplayer features so that you can play against other players using an Xbox 360. More details can be found from the official site here:

Xbox One Backward Compatibility

To avoid confusion, when you play an Xbox 360 game on the Xbox One console you can play against anyone that is either using an Xbox 360 console or the Xbox One backward compatibility feature.

Here is a relevant question from the feature's FAQ:

Can I do multiplayer gaming with friends who are playing the game on Xbox 360 or Xbox One?

Yes. For games that offer multiplayer gaming, you'll be able to play with others who own the title on Xbox 360.

GTA V was not on the initial 100+ supported games list. The list of supported games can be found on the official site here:

Supported Games

Note that more games are due to be added over time through future updates. The warning at the top of the current list is as follows:

Initial titles with more to come. Games are subject to change.

  • Thats a big if. I would disagree that it would ever happen, as even when you play on one, you're accessing different servers. I don't think we should cover potential future scenarios, on the basis that realistically, lots could happen in the future. – Ave Nov 25 '15 at 10:20
  • You access the same servers. It works on Halo, Gears of War etc so far. It is rolling out across more games in the next update. My answer is to cover the exception to the case whereby someone asks "Can I play Xbox One vs. Xbox 360" - which may be "yes" very shortly. – user101016 Nov 25 '15 at 10:24
  • Thats a big "may". While this answer is good, it isn't exact, it is just a possibility. – Ave Nov 25 '15 at 10:33
  • According to the site, regular in-console updates and promotional videos this is a big feature for them (as you can see, the initial roll out was over 100 games, with more to follow). This isn't a speculative answer as it is a fact that they will be rolling out more games with future updates. I don't think this is a "big if" or "big may", more a "when". – user101016 Nov 25 '15 at 10:37
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    Ok then, please keep a close eye on announcements by Xbox/Microsoft and keep this answer updated. – Ave Nov 25 '15 at 10:49

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