Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition Details for Visual Improvements, Soundtrack, and More

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Details

Rockstar Games has shared new Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition details for its visual improvements, soundtrack, platform-exclusive features, and more.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is set to launch on November 11 across Windows PC (via the Rockstar Games Launcher), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

Here’s a rundown on the new details:


Three iconic locations, three epic stories: Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition encompasses the genre-defining titles of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, each enhanced for a new generation and available together for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Bringing the classic locations of Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas to the latest platforms, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition features new GTAV-inspired modern controls, plus across the board graphical enhancements such as higher resolution textures and environmental upgrades, alongside platform-specific features from Gyro aiming on the Nintendo Switch to 4Kresolution support with up to 60 FPS performance on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, NVIDIA DLSS support on PC, and much more.

The undisputed pioneers of immersive three-dimensional open worlds, Grand Theft Auto III and its sequels introduced unprecedented freedom and nonlinear gameplay combined with rich, cinematic storytelling to critical and commercial acclaim. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition honors the experience of the original titles while updating the experience for new generations of fans.

Following on from the 20th anniversary of the original release of GTAIII earlier this year, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition celebrates the legacy of the series that redefined interactive entertainment and helped propel video games to the center of culture.


Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition features across-the-board enhancements to all three titles, featuring:
An updated player experience, making it easier than ever to play these classic games, including:

  •  A GTAV-style controller layout
  • Updated Weapon and Radio Station selection wheels for quick switching
  • Updated Mini-Maps with enhanced navigation allowing players to set waypoints to destinations
  • Improved gunplay and targeting controls, with upgraded drive-by controls in GTA: San Andreas
  • The ability to immediately restart failed missions
  • Updated Achievements and Trophies
  • New Rockstar Social Club Accomplishments for members
  • Plus newly supported languages; including Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian, and Korean, in addition to English, Spanish (Spain + Mexico), Italian, Japanese, French, and German

Enhanced visuals, with improved graphics and fidelity across all three games, including:

  • Higher resolution textures from characters to weapons, vehicles to roads, and more for greater detail
  • A completely rebuilt lighting system, with enhanced shadows, reflections, and more
  • Improved environmental effects such as water and weather effects including rain and fog, plus more distinct changes to highlight
    different times across the sky, sun, moon and stars
  • Enhanced detail in trees and foliage, plus newly added three-dimensional detail to buildings and windows
  • Increased draw distances to provide a new level of depth and definition

Plus platform-specific features, including:

  • 4K-resolution support with up to 60 FPS performance for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X systems
  • NVIDIA DLSS Support for PC
  • Touch screen camera zooming, pans and menu selections as well as Gyro aiming for the Nintendo Switch

Grand Theft Auto III

It all starts in Liberty City. With the revolutionary freedom to go anywhere and jack anyone, Grand Theft Auto III puts the center of the criminal underworld at your fingertips – if you have enough guts to take it.

Originally released on October 22nd, 2001, Grand Theft Auto III first pioneered Rockstar Games’ approach to building highly immersive and detailed, fully 3D open worlds, delivering unprecedented freedom and nonlinear gameplay combined with rich, cinematic storytelling.
Within the living, breathing world of Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto III also elevated the series’ now signature radio stations, each with a thoughtfully curated playlist and DJ host to match.

The highest-rated PlayStation 2 game of all time, Grand Theft Auto III was also the number one selling video game on consoles the year of its release – ushering in a new era of gaming and gaming fans, catapulting the series into the center of culture in the process.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Welcome to the 1980s. From the decade of big hair and pastel suits comes the story of one man’s rise to the top of the criminal pile. Grand Theft Auto returns with Tommy Vercetti’s tale of betrayal and revenge in a neon-soaked tropical town full of excess and brimming with possibilities. Delivering heightened levels of immersion, detail and humor in its satirical take on ’80s America, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City debuted a fully-voiced protagonist in Tommy Vercetti, the ability to build your criminal empire through property and business ownership across the sprawl of the city, and one of the most iconic fully-licensed soundtracks in the history of games, and was the highest-selling game of its original release year of 2002.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Five years ago, Carl ‘CJ’ Johnson escaped the haze of Los Santos, San Andreas…a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs, and corruption. Now, it’s the early 90s. CJ’s got to go home – his mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart, and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of cops frame him for homicide, forcing CJ on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets in the next iteration of the series that changed everything.

The best-selling PlayStation 2 game of all time, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the first in the Trilogy to feature three distinct, wholly featured cities, each with a lush, natural environment separating their borders. In addition to the now standard behind-the-wheel shooting of the series, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas introduced in-depth character progression, making it possible for players to impact CJ’s look and abilities by partaking in certain activities and missions, lending new meaning to their character.

The Music

From the classical motifs of GTAIII’s Double Clef FM and the heavy-hitting drum and bass of MSX; to the melodrama of Vice City’s Emotion 98.3 and quintessential 80s pop powerhouse, Wave 103; to the West Coast rap of Radio Los Santos or Chicago house of SF-UR and debut of hosts such as Chuck D, Axl Rose and George Clinton in San Andreas, the radio stations of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition deliver the thoughtfully curated and wide-ranging selection of hits and hidden gems.

With more than 200 songs across 29 pioneering radio stations the series has become known for, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition’s iconic listings match the most recent release of the original versions (from 2014) – with no new changes, all detailed below.
In addition to higher quality audio at 16bit 44hrz for all the source music from the stations as well as original ambient effects, players will also be able to experience the game in 5.1 Surround Sound.

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