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GTA V Online real money divides opinion

If you didn’t know already, GTA Online is now confirmed to be featuring support for micro transactions, allowing GTA V players to pay real money to fast track their way to success when playing Rockstar’s online portion of the record selling title.

As you can imagine, there is plenty of skepticism in the air on the necessity to include real cash payments in the game, but Rockstar has insisted this week that no features of the game whatsoever are under a ‘paywall’ and remains completely optional for players to decide whether they want to speed up their bank balance increase or not.

The developer has detailed a new Q&A on GTA Online on their website and we have picked out this appropriate quote for you, which will think is the most relevant and important:

“The game and its economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash. There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game”

The big thing to note there, is confirmation from Rockstar that GTA Online has been designed for players who are least likely to purchase cash. That is a massive aspect to take into consideration and should be a refreshing change from other developers who just go all out to get you to splash out on micro transactions.

Not everyone is happy about the GTA Online cash payments
Not everyone is happy about the GTA Online cash payments

Furthermore, Rockstar confirms that you won’t need to spend cash to gain all of the unlocks or vehicles in the game. Real money payments are solely there just to speed up the process.

What hasn’t been confirmed yet, is whether players who are not spending money, will be able to steal cash from those who have put real money in the game. This could be a real grey area if true, so we’ll have to wait and see how Rockstar plans to play this aspect out.

Judging by feedback on social media boards, especially this Reddit thread, it’s clear that opinions are divided on having micro-payments in GTA V Online. Let us know if you are willing to buy the cash packs from £1.99 up to £13.49 to progress in the game quicker or not.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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