Welcome to Los Santos Vinyl Coming June 30th: Enter Now at Social Club for a Chance to Win

Posted on June 26 2015, 10:59am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Social Club, Games

Welcome To Los Santos, the genre-spanning collection of original music that debuted with GTAV on PC and is coming to consoles next month as part of the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part Two, will be available on vinyl next week - but you can enter for the chance to win a copy before it releases. Enter by this Tuesday, June 30th at the Rockstar Games Social Club for the chance to win one of five Welcome to Los Santos vinyls at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events.

Featuring a diverse array of artists from across the musical spectrum – including Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Popcaan, Killer Mike, Tunde Adebimpe and Samuel T. Herring (from Future Islands) – the music of Welcome to Los Santos first launched compliments of the ‘The Lab’ in-game radio station hosted by Doctor No and the Chemical Bro (aka Oh No and The Alchemist) in GTAV for PC, and will be added to all four console platforms next month as part of the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part Two.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void in certain countries and where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older. See Official Rules and Privacy Policy for eligibility details. Ends Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Update: Targeting Cheaters in GTA Online

Posted on June 15 2015, 11:26am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

As part of our ongoing commitment to combat cheating and griefing, we have recently implemented new systems to allow us to more efficiently detect and target any players found running mods and cheat programs within GTA Online. As a reminder, any attempt to tamper with the behavior of GTA Online by installing or executing mods, scripts, or other exploits, modifying the game files or manipulating the game in any way while it is executing will result in disciplinary action including but not limited to time in the cheater pool, bans and potential suspension of your account. Please help maintain the integrity of the GTA Online experience by keeping sessions free of modifications and exploits.

Thank you to members of the GTA Online community who have been doing their part by reporting cheaters to the Banhammer address with helpful information. For details, please see: How to Report Cheaters in Grand Theft Auto Online at the Rockstar Support site.

GTA Online ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part One Now Available

Posted on June 10 2015, 10:10am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

You've done the crime - and reaped stacks upon stacks of dirty cash much to the chagrin of San Andreas' reeling financial institutions. So, what to do with your newfound wealth? Sensible low-risk investments and a quiet retirement? Live out the rest of your years comfortably but inconspicuously with an understated and respectable lifestyle?

...We didn't think so. To the victor go the spoils - and for those whose Online Heists profits are burning a raging hole in their pockets, get ready to properly ball out and become the envy of all your Snapmatic followers by flaunting your hard-earned gull-wing doored supercars, ostentatious designer vehicle wraps, solid gold aircraft and so much more.

The Ill-Gotten Gains Update: Part One for Grand Theft Auto Online is available today across all five platforms. In addition to four new high-end automobiles (the Pegassi Osiris, Albany Virgo, Benefactor Stirling GT and Enus Windsor), you can also rule the skies in a pair of new extravagant, Deluxe aircraft. 

And not only have the racks at swank Rockford Hills clothiers been updated with new designer outfits, necklaces, earrings and watches - the rack at your local Ammu-Nation's got a new Personal Defense Weapon, the Combat PDW. 

The newest generation of Los Santos residents can also adorn select weaponry and attachments with Luxury Engravings, while luxury aircraft will afford new generation residents the opportunity to drink champagne and smoke cigars while flying high in the Los Santos skies.

Also part of today’s automatic update, we’ve added the First Person Vehicle Hood Cam that's already on PC to the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, along with a host of other new features and updates including redesigned, easier-to-use vehicle websites; a new ‘Friends In Session’ option within the On Call phone menu to auto-invite all your friends to a job you are on call for, and a lot more. For the complete list, check out the official notes at the Rockstar Support site. We've also added the latest GTA Online illustration featured in this past Friday's announcement and our official event weekend flyer to the collection of GTAV digital artwork in a range of desktop wallpapers, smartphone and tablet backgrounds, avatars and more.

To get the update, just start up GTAV from your online-connected console and follow the update prompts on screen.

Rockstar Editor Contest: Entry Deadline this Monday, June 8th

Posted on June 5 2015, 12:08pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

If you have yet to submit your entry in our initial GTAV PC Rockstar Editor contest to create the official music video for "Leave" by Wavves, time is running out... the deadline to post your submission is this coming Monday, June 8th.

The grand prize winner will score the custom Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard and G510 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse pictured below, each one laser-engraved with your personal Social Club ID and the Rockstar Editor logo, along with a deluxe prize pack of GTAV gear and a $100 gift card for the Rockstar Warehouse. Two runners-up will each receive a $100 Rockstar Warehouse gift card plus a deluxe prize pack of official GTAV gear, and every Social Club member worldwide who uploads any video to Social Club during the contest period will unlock The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain in-game t-shirt.

So if you haven't entered yet, or perhaps already have and decided that your entry might be best served with a few additional refinements, check out our original announcement post for complete details on how to enter the contest. There's only one entry allowed per person though, so if you want to upload a new version, you'll need to untag your previous submission.

And if you're still searching for guidance and/or inspiration, listen to the song here, and read up on our series of Rockstar Editor Tips linked below:
Capturing Footage | Camera Effects & Soundtrack | The Language of Cinema

Void in certain countries and where prohibited. See www.rockstargames.com/socialclub/events/contests for official rules and eligibility details.


Previously:
Rockstar Editor Contest: Create the Official Music Video for “Leave” by Wavves

New Update for Grand Theft Auto Online Coming Next Week

Posted on June 1 2015, 10:30am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Due to a surge in high-end crime across southern San Andreas, demand for luxury goods and services is at an all-time high. Upscale merchants of all kinds are scrambling to fill their inventories to serve the newly wealthy. The first of two major deliveries this summer will be hitting the showrooms of luxury car dealerships, the shelves of top arms suppliers and other prestigious retailers in June. Here are a few new screenshots featuring some of the new rides and accessories coming to GTA Online next week – and be on the lookout for another big shipment coming this summer.


Dress the new Enus Windsor with eight vehicle wraps inspired by the high-end designers of Rockford Hills.


For a subtle way to travel, contact your Elitas agent about the solid gold Buckingham Swift Deluxe


 
The Combat PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) coming soon to Ammu-Nation.


The classic lines of the new Albany Virgo add style to any garage.


Just like the Benefactor Stirling GT, the Pegassi Osiris features gull-wing doors.


The solid gold Buckingham Luxor Deluxe shines in the Los Santos skies.

 
Hundreds of new clothing items and accessories are arriving to exclusive clothiers.


Coming soon to Legendary Motorsport, the Pegassi Osiris.

The 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series Heads to London, Barcelona and Milan

Posted on May 28 2015, 12:06pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

For the first time ever, the Red Hook Crit comes to the spectacular waterfront circuit at the iconic Greenwich Peninsula for the inaugural London race on July 11th. The second leg of this year's global Championship Series, the top finishers from last month's thrilling race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will now fight it out with other hopeful competitors across Europe - starting with the July race in London, before stops in Barcelona on September 5th and Milan on October 10th.


Course design draws inspiration from Formula 1 and is fine-tuned for a fast and exciting bike race.

One of the most visually spectacular, spectator friendly and exciting cycling races around, The Red Hook Crit's racing format, course designs, and international venues are inspired by Formula 1 motorsport and produce intense competition and passionate athletes who compete ferociously in both individual races and throughout the overall championship series.


The Brooklyn No. 8 Podium Ceremony. Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist winner Chaz Christiansen doing his best Lady Liberty impression with trophy in hand on the left. Photo Cred: State Bicycle.

The Red Hook Crit first expanded into a year-long international racing series in 2013 with races in Red Hook, the Brooklyn Navy Yards, Barcelona and Milan – each venue selected as prime locations to replicate the aesthetics and culture of the original Red Hook race. The addition of London this year makes the Red Hook Crit the only track bike racing series with stops in New York City and London, and firmly establishes it as a truly international racing series.


The course in Parc del Forum Barcelona overlooks the Balearic Sea and is dotted with large architectural landmarks, similar to Red Hook’s view of the Hudson River and iconic Statue of Liberty. Photo Cred: Jack Chevell

The Championship Series is a continual points series where the top 25 finishers accumulate points over the course of four races. Points count towards both individual and team series standings, and additional points are awarded for winning primes; the first-lap prime is awarded to the first to cross the finish after the first lap, and the mid-race prime is the first to cross the finish at the halfway point of the race. 


Mid-Race Prime winner Thibaud Lhenry leads First Lap Prime winner Mario Paz Duque at Brooklyn No. 8. Photo Cred: Jason Sellers

The first race of the 2015 Championship Series in Red Hook, Brooklyn on April 25th, saw a fast, talented and immensely competitive field battle through an incredibly exciting start to the series.

For the women’s criterium, Kacey Manderfield Lloyd, who famously won the inaugural Red Hook Crit in 2008, surprised the field by qualifying in pole position with a time of 1:42 (26.97 mph average speed). Ainara Elbusto Arteaga, last year’s RHC Women’s Series winner, raced very aggressively from the gun, taking the first and mid-race primes. At the end of the night, with an average speed of 23.98 mph, the race came down to a field sprint and Lloyd placed third behind Fleur Faure, with Arteaga taking the win and positioning herself as this year’s rider to beat in the women’s field. The top 5 women at Brooklyn are all known names to the RHC, but we think there might be a few more European competitors who manage to surprise the women in London and beyond.


Kacey Manderfiled Lloyd and Ash Duban chasing down Ainara Elbusto Arteaga. Photo Cred: Jason Sellers

For the men’s race, reigning champion Thibaud Lhenry lined up in pole position, though it was his Team Cinelli Chrome teammate Stefan Vis who qualified fastest with a 1:27.821 (31.26 mph average speed). Vis was unable to start due to a crash in qualifying. From the gun, Mario Paz Duque and Thibaud Lhenry battled at the front, earning the first-lap prime and mid-race prime respectively. With three laps to go, the race was transformed when Nicholas Varani crashed in turn 10 while sitting third wheel, taking out the lead group including two of his teammates and many pre-race favorites.  With this reshuffling of the field, it was Ivan Ravaioli who made his appearance at the front and he never let the pressure off. In the finishing sprint, challengers Raul Torres Pagaza and Luis Junquera began to reel in Ravaioli. Ravaioli held them off by a wheel claiming his first Red Hook Crit title in front of thousands of screaming fans, setting an average speed of 27.19 mph over the 30 kilometer course. 


An infrared finish line photo showing Ivan Ravaioli in first, followed by Luis Junquera, Raul Torres and William Guzman.

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 also saw the emergence of many new names in the ferociously competitive field, with many surprisingly young riders finishing in the top 10. Will these young guns still hold their own through the rest of the series? Will they out-pedal many of the seasoned veterans and pre-race favorites who crashed? 


Ivan Ravaioli speeds through the race changing pile-up in the final corner with three laps to go.

As excitement mounts for the next stop in London, it is far too early to discount both seasoned favorites and up-and-comers who are all in-the-hunt for series points and glory. Be sure to follow the Red Hook Crit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Individual Standings: Men's | Women's
Team Standings: Men's | Women's


Previously:
Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 Recap

Crew Noticeboard: The Off-Road All-Stars, Cycle Cycos, Vinewood Locos and Others Now Recruiting

Posted on May 25 2015, 10:22am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively recruiting new members to join their ranks. We publish Crew recruitment pitches in their own words so that you know exactly what they're all about.

This edition of the Crew Noticeboard showcases pitches from motorcycle clubs, off-road mountain scalers and gas mask-toting madmen – as well as Crews actively drafting players to tackle Online Heists, Daily Objectives and to shoot Vinewood blockbusters together with using the Rockstar Editor. So whether you're new to the world of GTA Online and looking for like-minded individuals or a seasoned player looking for some new partners in crime, you're sure to find a bunch to fit the bill here or by browsing previous editions of the Noticeboard

 

Asked & Answered: The Rockstar Editor, GTA Online Updates, PC Mods and More

Posted on May 7 2015, 12:00pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

“The real question is: on what are we going to spend the money from the Heists? (For those who have practically everything)” – vens243
“What’s coming next [for GTA Online]…??” – Nilix
“Will there be more [Heists] added with future updates?” – carl0winer

To vens243 and others who are excited to show off their Heists spoils, beyond the many new vehicles and items that arrived to GTA Online as part of Heists, we are also working on another update coming soon that will feature some very cool new toys for you to enjoy and flaunt with your ill-gotten gains. For now, the screenshot above provides just a glimpse... For those asking for more Heists, please understand that Grand Theft Auto Online Heists were a tremendous undertaking so it’s not the sort of thing where we can easily create and publish additional Heists like other Job modes and missions. We are, however, working on other cool updates for GTA Online that you can expect over the coming months.


“I would like to use [the Rockstar Editor] but I’m on PS4. Hey Rockstar, can you do something please for PS4 players?” – Black_Pawn_01
“When’s [The Lab radio station] coming on next-gen consoles?” – GRUNSKY
“Is [The Lab radio station] ever gonna come out on PS4?” – sn3jku

The Rockstar Editor is an advanced tool requiring additional processing power so it would not be compatible with GTAV on the older systems, but we are currently working on a version tailored for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles – and we hope to release that sometime this summer, or as soon as it is ready. We are also planning to bring The Lab radio station to all four consoles in a forthcoming title update. Please stay tuned for more information.


“Will there be any more updates for [GTA Online] on Xbox 360?” – @ColtsPacersJosh

We want to support the older consoles with new content for as long as we possibly can. As we mentioned previously, we always knew there might be a point where we would reach the technical capacity of what the older generation of consoles can handle as each downloadable update requires additional memory both for assets and for additional scripting.  We have continued to optimize the entire game over time in order to squeeze as much memory as we possibly could out of the last-generation hardware and at some point, continuing to add content for those systems could cause the risk of instability to the game overall. As of now, we are planning on releasing the next big content update for all five systems and we will continue to squeeze as much as we possibly can onto them.


“Why is [Self Radio] not possible on PS3/PS4?” – Destroy_Ger
“How about creating something like that in PS4/3 and Xbox platforms?” – Osprey11
“Can you put this on PS4 or Xbox 1 at least?” – RayzRBlayde1229

The GTAV PC Self Radio experience that plays your personally curated playlist of mp3s in the game as a fully featured and properly integrated radio station just wouldn’t technically be possible on the consoles as it requires more than the consoles allow at this time.


“I’m having soo much fun with GTAV on the PC but I just have one question about it, how come you are not allowing mods for it?” - @ClarkMatthew63
“Will I get banned from GTA Online for using a FoV Mod or Oculus Rift mod?” - @Mattophobia

We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV.  Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.


“We want to play GTAV with joystick. Will you add joystick support for PC? There is a huge difference between gamepad and JS.” – @eniyikotuadam
“Just wondering if there’s a possibility of including joystick support for GTAV in any upcoming patches or updates?” – received via Mouthoff
“Rockstar friends, GTAV PC version would be significantly enhanced if players could use their steering wheels.” – received via Mouthoff

Thank you for the feedback! We understand that many PC players out there would like to see enhanced peripheral support for specialized controllers such as flight sim joysticks and steering wheels. No promises, but it is something we are investigating to see if possible in a future update.


“Can I play GTAV on my Mac?” – received via Mouthoff
“Why this game isn’t [available for] Mac?” – Jaalloav

While GTAV isn’t technically released for Mac, you can actually play the PC version on a Mac by running Windows 7 or 8 through Boot Camp. You can find instructions along with some other requirements over at Rockstar Support.


“Hi Rockstar! Please report these guys on YouTube who destroy your game. Look at all the cheats they promote in their videos… I’d be grateful for answers on what you plan to do with about this?” – Aleek94
“Okay, so I've let this slip under the carpet, but now I'm really starting to get pissed off with the whole situation. I can accept people grinding Capture or Rooftop Rumble, what I can't get over is the amount of people doing money and RP glitches, and the YouTubers who are feeding the community with them... I suggest you take action on the YouTubers who are promoting these glitches… they need dealing with, because they're the ones starting to destroy GTA Online...” – ilewisgta

We are tremendous fans of the vast majority of YouTube content that fans post using footage from our games – everything from original machinima movies to funny gameplay moments to hypnotizing time-lapses and so much more – but we obviously do not support or condone any videos that attempt to instruct people how to cheat their way towards illegitimate RP, counterfeit GTA$, duping vehicles without having earned them and other things along those lines that compromise the fairness of the game’s ranking and economy systems. We have a long-standing policy on posting copyrighted Rockstar Games material over at the Rockstar Support website, and to make things clearer on this front, we’ve just added a bulletpoint about this particular type of content there. Just like our other long-standing rules about not posting pre-release leaked footage, spoilers or entire in-game television content episodes – anyone who posts videos that encourage and promote ways to cheat your way towards gaining illegitimate RP or counterfeit in-game money or duplicating in-game items without having earned them may have their videos flagged for takedown with YouTube. Thank you again to everyone in the community (and especially the hardworking and creative GTA YouTube community!) for helping to bring this matter to our attention. Thanks also to everyone in the community for your ongoing efforts since the launch of GTA Online in reporting glitches, bugs and exploits to us via the Support website – it’s invaluable information that helps inform fixes in Title Updates and via dynamic tuning to help keep GTA Online as fair as possible for everyone.


“Are you guys doing anything to fix godmode/invisibility and unlimited ammo [in GTA Online]?” - @TacticalTaco5

Absolutely. We have always taken this issue very seriously and have people dedicated to addressing these problems when they arise. Unfortunately even a tiny minority of people cheating can have a negative impact on a larger population. In addition, solving this problem requires a different approach on each platform. We have been regularly rolling out fixes for specific exploits and tools to enable us to combat cheating with each patch and we are going to continue to do so. While it’s unrealistic to say we can solve the problem of cheating forever and for everyone, we believe we are making significant progress on this issue and we will continue to work aggressively to stop these griefers in their tracks as best we can.


Asked & Answered is a special feature here at the Rockstar Newswire rounding up a selection of popular frequently asked questions with official responses from Rockstar. Have another question for us? Feel free to send it to our attention at mouthoff@rockstargames.com where we can have a look for consideration in an upcoming edition. As a reminder, if you have suggestions specific to GTA Online, you can send them to GTAOnline@rockstargames.com and if you have a technical customer support question of any sort, please visit​ http://support.rockstargames.com and consult our knowledge base to find help.

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