Grand Theft Auto 5 returns to Xbox Game Pass in April after it was previously available between January and May 2020. This time around, a friend comes in the form of cloud support so players can experience the game on their Android phone or tablet of choice, provided they are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.
Grand Theft Auto 5 will be relaunched on April 8th on Xbox Game Pass for console and cloud games, with a month ahead of the gaming subscription service. Again, PC gamers unfortunately have to look elsewhere if they want to play GTA 5 anytime soon.
Oddly enough, other titles added in April include Sony’s MLB The Show 21 (a day one release on Xbox Game Pass), the charming indie game Rain On Your Parade, and NHL 21 via EA Play. Most of the month’s new additions will also support cloud games, with the exception of NHL 21 and the exclusive PC Pathway.
Grand Theft Auto 5 could also be a turning point for cloud gaming on Xbox Game Pass. This is especially true for the still very popular GTA Online, where a large number of players could put a lot of pressure on Microsoft’s servers.
If the addition of Grand Theft Auto 5 to Xbox’s cloud gaming service proves successful, it could encourage Rockstar to reintroduce Red Dead Redemption 2 on Game Pass and hopefully along with its online counterpart Red Dead Online with cloud Support to experiment.
We also hope that playing GTA 5 over the cloud will benefit from the 1080p picture quality, a feature Microsoft tested for Xbox Game Pass last month. Currently, cloud gaming via Game Pass is limited to a resolution of only 720p. This isn’t a big deal on smaller screens, but you will definitely notice a drop in image quality when playing on something larger than a smartphone or tablet.