GTA Online microtransaction prices revealed - Report

Players will be able to spend between £1.99 and £13.49 in Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer mode for currency cards, according to sources.

People with early access to Grand Theft Auto Online have revealed to Eurogamer pricing information for the game mode's rumored cash cards, which can reportedly be purchased with real money.

The cash cards revealed earlier this week by a Reddit user have not been confirmed by Rockstar Games, but Eurogamer has learned that pricing will be as follows:

$100,000 Red Shark Cash Card - £1.99 ($3)
$200,000 Tiger Shark Cash Card - £3.49 ($5.5)
$500,000 Bull Shark Cash Card - £6.99 ($11)
$1,250,000 Great White Shark Cash Card - £13.49 ($22)

The prices come from a source with early access to Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer mode, which will be released officially on October 1.

Eurogamer also points out that although GTA Online and GTAV are based in the same fictional world, prices for in-game items vary. A car that costs $1 million in single-player can be purchased in GTA Online for much less--around $150,000, Eurogamer said.

"Cash is king in this town. Solve your money problems and help get what you want across Los Santos and Blaine County with the purchase of cash packs for Grand Theft Auto Online," reads a description of the cards pulled from an XML file found on Rockstar's servers. "All purchased cash is automatically deposited into your character’s bank account. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting."

GTAV launched last Tuesday and generated $1 billion in three days, reaching that milestone faster than any other entertainment property in history. Rockstar Games will release the open-world game on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014, according to one analyst.

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UKFX
UKFX

Typical. New they'd do it. Not that I care because I don't have it but even though they made billions in profit they're still feeding off of people who will undoubtedly feel compelled to waste cash on this. Greedy bastards.


theo1143
theo1143

@UKFX did you know *R is a company?
a goal of a company is to earn money.
not to care for people. don't we got doctors for that?

but beside this all just like lucidmike78 said.
you arn't forced to buy anything at all!
you got the option to do so.

1+1= still 2. doesn't change how you bring it. the facts won't change...

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

No big deal.  They let me buy a game they spent over $200 million to make for $60. Game is awesome.  Online is free and optional.  If you want premium stuff you can earn it or you can buy it.  They don't owe anyone anything for paying their initial $60.

Messenger360p
Messenger360p

I've already paid for this game to only get to use 50% of whats on the disc now Rockstar want me to pay them even more money to play online, when & if online ever gets released....

This is an 18 rated game meant for adults yet Rockstar want to treat their life blood like kids - stuff that.... all the money I save by not giving it to Rockstar can go on the other great games planned for release this year....

Oh & when you think its all over they'll bring out DLC demanding more money for an hours further play time.....

Rockstar have officially SOLD OUT!!!!!

jark888
jark888

People outside gaming industry will look at video game differently after they learn of GTA5 financial success.

drclaw_
drclaw_

this is like a quick scheme for losers who want to take the game by storm without trying

El_Galant
El_Galant

So does this mean you can sell stuff for you have or get for in-game money that can be turned to Real World money? Or money I can use in the Playstation Store?

Lexxurious
Lexxurious

Microtransactions are going to be a part of gaming in the future. So its time to get used to it. Aslong as not buying doesnt impede my progress or give others an advantage if they do buy then im fine with them.

Raged4Life
Raged4Life

@Lexxurious Says who? I'll never support micro transactions for this reason. "Aslong as not buying doesnt impede my progress or give others an advantage if they do buy then I'm fine with them." thats what micro transactions reduce a game to.  I already paid my 60$ and ahve to pay to play online. No more DLC and no more micro transactions. 

Lexxurious
Lexxurious

Raged4Life I feel what you’re saying; I haven’t personally bought a micro transaction yet to date. Purely cosmetic transactions are ok with me (not saying I’m going to buy one) but I’m fine with them being in the game. Some people have money to burn like that. Me personally if I have already paid $60 for a game, I’m not paying anything more in micro transactions. I’ve yet to buy any costume packs for my fighting games and only bought the additional charters in UMVC3 because I needed to be able to practice against them.

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

@ledzep1994 I'm sure with your amazing personality you've got more than enough friends to fill up 15 other player slots in your MP experience.  For those of us that play the public games, yes, giving people an edge is a problem.  They aren't whining about it ruining their experience, they're complaining because R* is adopting a business model that gamers concerned about the industry see as a cash grab.

I'm sure in your infinite and infantile wisdom, you considered all this before summarily dismissing the whole real issue.  Expecting people to respect your opinion while demonstrating contempt for everyone else in the forum isn't all that bright.

Maddox did a piece about your use of the word "Really?" as a punchline.  Articulate your thoughts without trying to smash them all into a single word.

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

looks like rock star have sold out  :(  this is a sore day :( 


tightwad34
tightwad34

I have spent very little money so far in single player. But I imagine spending money will be more of a necessity for multiplayer.

Konviktion
Konviktion

This is GTA. You should be able to rob people. Especially those that paid real money for ingame money.

mastergundam
mastergundam

@Konviktion i bet R* will prevent this from happening; keeping it a fair game; otherwise, it's not fun anymore

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Silverline62 @Konviktion @mastergundam 

You can rob people in the online part of GTA V.

Rockstar confirmed that  in Shaun McInnes' excellent interview with Leslie Benzies, around a month or so ago.

The money works in two ways, the first being... Money in the bank is safe and will stay safe, even when killed.

The other way is... If you have committed a heist with someone on line, then you can either decide to share the in the loot, fight over it or just simply escape with every penny.

If you choose the latter however, then the person that you have robbed has the option of whether going after him/her yourself or hunt the person down by placing a bounty on their head. Of which anyone else playing can claim if the bounty is met...

This money you have earned by doing things within the game is not safe at any time, unless banked and banked often!

It really sounds like it is going to be great fun regardless of the micro transactions. :)

ddoggbritt16
ddoggbritt16

how much is 2 of that in american money i think its either euros or pounds

akozar
akozar

I would be happy with this micro transaction BS if they made a cap on how much you could spend on it - say, 50 dollars. that way you don't get the pathetic 13 year old kids abusing their parent's credit card to ruin the in game stock market... Take a hint R*/T2. 

NeleNel
NeleNel

As far as I understand it, there's not a single thing you can't buy with in game currency, as opposed to using the micro transactions. If you don't want to spend real cash, you don't have to. It's just a way to get stuff faster if you truly don't have the patience. 

No harm, no real foul. Those who want to spend cash can, and those who don't, don't miss out in the long run.

Onyx99
Onyx99

Seriously? They already made $1billion in three days now they are charging microtransactions? WOW! I know its a busines and they are in it for the profit but they have already made the most profitable entertainment product in the history of modern entertainment. When does it stop being about making a profit and become just greedy? How about no microtransactios as a thank you to the consumers that help get you this far.

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

@Onyx99 the gaming industry ventured into the lands of Greed long ago my friend, looooong, long ago  

WuKillaBee
WuKillaBee

@Onyx99 it's called business and free will and that's how life works. once you grow up, maybe you will contribute to society as well.

wolf503
wolf503

Thank god it's not pay to win. As long as it's only currency I'm okay with that. I don't entirely respect their decision though. And as long as they have the non-PvP maps like in RDR I'll be happy with that. I honestly just want to do missions and heists and free roam with friends/co-op all without being annoyed by random idiots. Don't care much for any competative gameplay at this stage.

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

@Aaronp2k @Mister_Zurkon @wolf503 If successful it will also promote the business model, which is already the new thing.  The people bitching about this are not against making money, they are against the business model that is gaining momentum due to irresponsible spending.

Pay to win can also be given all the items available to you without having to invest any time in gaining those items.  Just because you have extra money doesn't make your leisure time more valuable.

wolf503
wolf503

@Tuckpoint @Aaronp2k @Mister_Zurkon

Tuckpoint is right, having unlocked a higher level Assault Rifle (e.g.) earlier than someone else doesn't make them better. If someone has better skills than that rifle will mean shit all lol.

It's also good for people who don't have tonnes of time on their hands to grind to unlock everything, especially if you're doing non-PvP stuff. No1 likes to come home from work just to work AGAIN in a video game.

I probably won't be buying any of the money, but I also have a lot of free time on my hands at the moment so I have the freedom to play for free as long as I want. Not everyone else does. R* have also confirmed there are no paid for items with real currency. It's just converting real $ to virtual $. The business model itself isn't an issue, it never really has been, it's how it's executed. R* have also mentioned in their newswire that there will be constant balancing updates done to the game. But again, Skill > items most of the time.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@Mister_Zurkon @wolf503 nah its not pay to win. pay to win is where you pay for things that free to play users cannot earn in-game without spending real money. all this is doing is giving players who are not as patient a way of buying their way to the better portion of the online experience.

CBN16
CBN16

Rockstar just lost some of my respect...

Martyr77
Martyr77

Microtransactions? Forget it.

gibson-les-rick
gibson-les-rick

I see the microtransations as pointless really. They are more like a cheat and to show off what you have bought in game rather than actually playing it and earning the money and having more fun by doing so.

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

@gibson-les-rick  

if i was rockstar, i would make the foolish buyers publicly portray their ineptness.

it would be like, the bad check cashed in seinfeld.

 

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@udubdawgz @gibson-les-rick lol anyone can make 1.5 mil in the stock market just by investing 8 mil. I did it with franklin by investing into hawk & little while stocks were low. so what the hell is the point of these micro transactions. seems like a bit of a cash grab.

02050muh
02050muh

with all this money rockstar get, hope online is not p2p.

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

@02050muh  

with all this money, i expect, everything i despise in gaming.

period.

pretty much game over and when a company doesn't push that button we'll talk about it.

i'm this close to quitting. 

due to the corruption of companies and the idiocy of gamers.

don't ever forget that.

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

or, chop that multi crap and make my single player experience better.

Torff
Torff

Well, considering that P2P platform is not as popular as it was couple of years ago because of all the korean free mmos that flood the market, I think they picked the best option possible, microtransaction allows you earn money by squeezing it out of teenagers who think that they can be as good as highest ranking/level etc players who spend tonns of time on the game, within two -three days, and when they don't get what they want, spending a buck or two doesn't seems such a bad idea, and after one purchase comes another and voila....they earn another billion :D It will work great as long as they don't bring in weapons/cars etc that you can buy only off the market and that are x10 times better than those u get for game cash...anyway...I approve.

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

Play the game and earn it or pay with real money you earn elsewhere....... I don't see the problem.

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

@Tixylixx Don't take this as some sort of insult, but you do pay for your games right?  I mean my son has the same opinion because he gets his games for holidays, birthdays and good grades.

 With 25+ years of gaming under my belt I feel like the old man screaming to GET OFF MY LAWN when it comes to these new business practices.  When I started with PC gaming I had Doom and Doom2 as my main games of choice, over 30 levels each, pvp/coop in each and every level and online play was as simple as logging into a BBS and getting your game on.

With the 'smart' people of the world doing nothing but funneling all the worlds wealth into their pockets, I find this business practice more than just unethical and greedy.  To me it seems as if society on whole has embraced this mentality that making money validates your existence and I couldn't disagree more.

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

@Tuckpoint @Tixylixx What I do is I just don't buy any in game items, never have, I just play until I'm bored, I never really play any game more than 20 hours before I'm done with it. I played GTA Single Player for 8 hours and I was done with it and have moved on....

People get attached to games too much and think they have to buy everything in them, just play it as a game and ignore all the shit.

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

@Tixylixx @Tuckpoint I agree, and I really don't see a problem with giving the company money if you enjoy their product.  I consider all my video game spending with a basic time spent:money spent ratio.  If I can get say 400 hours out of Skyrim over a couple years, I don't mind paying 60$ at all thats 15 cents per hour of entertainment and to my poor ass, that's a deal.

WskerFan
WskerFan

Really R*? a billion $ isn't that enough for you that you have to come up with this shit?

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

@WskerFan Are they forcing you to use it?  If you're stupid enough to give real money in exchange for in-game currency that could be earned through playing the game itself, then any semi-intelligent company will let you give them money.  Don't blame R* for wanting more money.  That's 100% natural.  Instead, get mad if they water down their games and release a new one every year while offering a premium service that costs almost as much as the game itself to access almost requisiste DLC (looking at you Call of Duty).

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

@CFritzRun @WskerFan i'm astonished anyone could defend this greedy decision, and for the record they did water down GTA5 single player, the world can be used for online so that's' a keeper , but the size of the single player missions compered to other GTA games is a joke, Rockstar have sold out plain and simple, the fact that some people think this is ok is just amazingly shocking to me.


and yes i do blame Rockstar for wanting more money, its just greedy and greed my friend will be the down fall of the human race  


CFritzRun
CFritzRun

@peteyboi29 @CFritzRun @WskerFan Is it wealth envy?  I love how when a company gets big from making excellent games and decides to add an optional feature to pay, everyone gets their undies in a wad.  Yet, a small company makes a halfway intelligent indie game and everyone desperately throws money at them.  The more you grow, the more you need.  Yes, a billion dollars is a lot of money, but what's wrong with them having a massive budget for future titles?

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

@CFritzRun I understand you people feel the need to defend rockstar's interest's, because you some how think that because you bought a product of there's, that  some how makes you accountable on some odd level  when a person disagree's with there business practices, i'm not attacking you personally far from it, but being a gamer that was around at the birth of the industry, i just feel that company's have lost there way   slightly, valuing money before making great games, rockstar  held off along time but even the greats have fallen now, and frankly people like you are making it happen by not understanding when a bad thing is happening :) happy trials camper :)